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Director of The Bancroft Library & AUL for Special Collections Berkeley, CA

The University of California, Berkeley invites both nominations and applications for the position of Director of The Bancroft Library and Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Special Collections.

Bancroft’s world-renowned special collections are among the largest and most actively used in the nation, providing a tremendous opportunity for the right visionary leader. The Director and AUL will assume a newly reimagined role, which unites the direction of a major research and collecting institution with strategic, innovative, and collaborative leadership for all special collections and archives within the University Library.

This position’s primary responsibility is to serve as the Director of The Bancroft Library. This position leads the directors of the three academic research groups and is the principal Bancroft liaison to the Berkeley faculty. Bancroft’s leadership team, together with other senior members of the Bancroft staff and in collaboration with other University Library leaders, has primary responsibility for collection development, research and academic engagement, technical services, public access services, and outreach and fundraising. As an AUL, this position will work with the leaders of other units holding special collections to provide coordinated, forward-looking strategies and practices for the development, management, and use of Berkeley’s extraordinary collections. Together they will innovate and implement process efficiencies, reducing duplication and increasing consistency to improve the resource-finding and use experiences of scholars.

The Director of The Bancroft Library and AUL for Special Collections should be a scholar who has substantial experience engaging in research using special collections materials, particularly in an area or areas of special strength for Bancroft. The successful candidate might have a background as a faculty member or professional librarian or archivist. Preferred candidates will have experience leading an academic unit (e.g., as academic department chair, dean, academic library, or archives director or associate director), including supervising and/or directing academic and professional staff. The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity. Also preferred is experience and proven success with fundraising and grant writing.

Regan Gough is leading this search with Carley Davenport.

Complete applications will include a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement. Applicants may optionally submit a statement of research and statement of teaching. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Submit inquiries, nominations, and applications below.


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