Director, Special Collections & Archives

  • Post Date:February 25, 2020
  • Apply Before: May 1, 2020
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  • Employer Name University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications forDirector, Special Collections & Archives, UNLV University Libraries [R0120308]


Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institutioncomprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty andstaff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing morethan 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the CarnegieFoundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university withvery high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting andretaining top students and faculty, educating the region’s diversifyingpopulation and workforce, driving economic activity through increased researchand community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for SouthernNevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine.  UNLV islocated on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in SouthernNevada.  For more information, visit usonline at:



Thesuccessful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity, andinclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive workenvironment. The University Libraries extends this commitment to diversity andequity in employment and especially welcomes applications from women, personsof color, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation orgender identity, and others who contribute to diversification.



As a strong partner in studentlearning, University Libraries fosters critical thinking and lifelong learningthrough innovative services and entrepreneurial staff. The University Librariesis a gateway to more than 80,000 electronic journals, 1.7 million books,outstanding digital collections, and up-to-date technology. The primary missionof the Special Collections and Archives Division is to collect, preserve,provide discovery and access to, and promote, interpret, and instruct in theuse of our materials.  Special Collections and Archives documents thehistory, culture, and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, theSouthern Nevada region, the global gaming industry, and the University ofNevada, Las Vegas. Our collections include manuscripts, books, photographs,periodicals, maps, architectural drawings, oral history interviews, media, theUniversity archives, born-digital records, and other cultural artifacts.Significant collecting areas are: gaming and gambling (including aninternationally recognized rare book collection of gaming history); regionalcommunity groups and organizations; the Nevada Women’s Archive; Las Vegasentertainment and the arts; Las Vegas and urban resort architecture; mining andrailroads; the American West; the Hoover Dam; and the culinary arts (includingan international menu collection). UNLV Special Collections and Archives wasrecently the recipient of a 5-million-dollar endowment that will fund a futureposition, the Beverly Rogers Rare Books Curator. The division is comprised ofthree departments: Special Collections Technical Services, Special CollectionsPublic Services, and Digital Collections. It also includes the Libraries’preservation unit and conservation lab, and two specialized academic researchcenters: the Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center.Staff includes 9 academic faculty positions, 2 administrative facultypositions, 4 classified positions, 10-15 student assistants, and grant-fundedcontract positions.


The culture of the Division ofSpecial Collections and Archives is deeply rooted in service to its users: inperson, online, and through instruction and educational outreach. The Divisionaccomplishes this mission through building and interpreting collections;creating, transforming, and sharing robust metadata; implementing and adaptingtechnologies to improve collection management and discovery; preserving andproviding access to physical and digital materials; partnering with faculty inclassroom instruction in the use and analysis of primary sources; collaboratingregionally and nationally; and through proactive community outreach thatpromotes the role of Special Collections and its research centers indocumenting, preserving, and engaging the community in its history.


The Division works closely withevery library division/department to integrate special collections and archivesinto all library services and functions.



Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Director is a member ofthe senior management team and shares responsibility for the overall managementof the Libraries. A primary role of the Director will be in external relations,fund-raising, and community engagement: documenting and communicating tostakeholders the value of Special Collections and Archives to the universityand to the community.  The Director will work closely with the Dean, theLibraries Director of Development, and the Libraries Director of Communicationsin development and communications activities for the Libraries. The successfulcandidate will combine traditional archives and library experience andcompetencies with knowledge of current trends in Special Collections andArchives and will lead the staff in shaping and implementing a shared vision.


As a tenure-track library faculty member, the incumbent will beexpected to work collaboratively with others; engage in scholarly activities;and provide service to the university, the community, and the profession inaccordance with Libraries and University standards for promotion and tenure.


Library Faculty proactively build relationships with campus andcommunity partners to develop and deliver value-added services as well as newmethods of delivering existing services to support the University’s researchand teaching initiatives. The successful candidate will have demonstrated theability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible,and innovative approach, and they will work effectively and collegially inteams with faculty and staff at all levels, as well as students.


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This position requires a master’sor doctorate degree from an ALA-accredited program; OR a doctorate degree in anappropriate discipline such as history, English, American Studies, publicadministration, or a related field; and a minimum of five years of progressivelyresponsible experience in an academic or research library, archives, or majorhistorical society. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start ofemployment.


  • Competence and sensitivity in working at a university in which students, faculty, and staff are broadly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • 5 years supervision, managerial, or leadership experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated success in project development, team building, and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated expertise and success with fundraising and/or donor relations
  • Understanding of the basic principles of the description, management, and preservation of archival records and book collections
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and enthusiasm for the use of emerging technologies
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving users through reference, instruction, and/or educational outreach
  • Ability to work independently; and collegially as a member of a team
  • Evidence of scholarly engagement, and active participation in professional organizations at a national level
  • Strong commitment to fostering the growth and development of faculty and staff in the division



  • Second graduate degree in a related area
  • Experience with writing and administering grants
  • Knowledge and familiarity with rare book collections
  • Experience working with open-source technology platforms (ArchivesSpace, Fedora, Islandora)


This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-trackposition at Rank II (equivalent to an Assistant Professor) or atenure-track/tenured position at Rank III (equivalent to an AssociateProfessor). Salary competitive withthose at similarly situated institutions. The position is contingentupon funding.

UNLVand the Libraries provide a rich array of benefits including a generous 401 (a)retirement plan with a 15.25% university match of the employee’s 15.25%contribution; HSA / FSA options; 24 days of annual leave and 11 days of holidayleave; 30 days of initial sick leave which accrues at 2 days/month after thefirst year of employment; grant-in-aid benefits for university courses; andmore as detailed at  The Librariesprovide generous support for individual professional development, and residentsof Nevada enjoy no state income tax. Home to many major annual conventions, Las Vegas is one of thebest-connected cities in America and the nearest major city to several of thenation’s richest natural treasures.  Inaddition to the world renowned Las Vegas Strip providing a variety of culinaryand entertainment opportunities, Las Vegas is home to five professionalathletic organizations and continues to expand local cultural opportunities,including the internationally recognized Smith Center for the PerformingArts. 

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Submit a letter of interest, a curriculumvitae listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, emails andtelephone numbers of at least three professional references who may becontacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications andexperience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferredqualifications because this is the information on which the initial review ofmaterials will be based.

Although this position will remain open until filled, reviewof candidates’ materials will begin on March 16, 2020 and best considerationwill be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.  Materials should be addressed to Director,Special Collections & Archives, Search Committee Chair, and are to besubmitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with theapplication process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or [email protected].



UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System ofHigher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to findand apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log intoWorkday, type “Find Jobs” in the search box which will navigate tothe internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing therequisition number, “R0120308” in the search box.

If you complete an application outside of the internalapplication process, your applicationwill be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant whichmay delay your application.



UNLV is committedto assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their ownsafety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual FireSafety Report compliance document is available online.

UNLV is an EqualOpportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achievingexcellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race,color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical ormental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity,gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws.The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens andnon-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women,under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans areencouraged to apply.