Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities
Research Support, Yale University Library Director of the
Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support, Yale
Bargaining Unit None – Not included in the union (Yale Union
Time Type Full time
Duration Type Regular
Compensation Grade Library
Compensation Grade Profile Librarian, Department Head (00)
Work Location University Library System
Worksite Address 120 High Street New Haven, CT 06511
Work Week Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Total # of hours to be worked: 37.5
Position Focus: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian
for Arts and Humanities, the Director provides vision and
leadership for a newly created department of subject experts who
support humanities and inter-disciplinary area studies programs at
Yale. The Yale University Library (YUL) holds one of the most
extensive humanities research collections in the United States and
has the distinction of being the first American university to
collect in many non-western languages. The academic programs in
these areas attract a world-class group of faculty and students,
for which the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research
Support (DASHRS) provides collection development and liaison and
research services. The department is located in the recently
renovated Sterling Memorial Library (SML) in the center of Yale’s
campus and has oversight of eight reading rooms and two classrooms
in SML, as well as the Classics Library in Phelps Hall. The
Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research
Support is responsible for the programmatic aspects of liaison and
outreach, collection development oversight and coordination,
assessment, budget administration, and supervision and mentorship
of 12 librarians and one assistant. S/he directs departmental teams
responsible for evidence-based assessment, research support
programming, the departmental web presence, training and skills
development, and digital scholarship support services.
The Director develops strong working relationships with
university administrators, academic department leaders, faculty,
and students. The Director communicates and collaborates with
colleagues from other Yale University Library (YUL) units to
develop and maintain research support and outreach programs and
services. The Director also works closely with the leadership of
YUL special collections repositories and the Departments of
Collection Development, Technical Services, Access Services and
Digital Scholarship. The Director represents the department on the
Council for Research Services and Collections and the Collections
The Director is expected to demonstrate leadership within YUL
and the University and commitment to participation in regional,
national and international professional organizations. The Director
must also demonstrate a strong commitment to agile, responsive,
innovative public service programs in support of teaching and
research in the humanities and international and area studies
programs at Yale.
1. Provides leadership and vision for area studies and
humanities collection development and research support and outreach
2. Designs projects and brings them to conclusion in a timely
3. Manages liaison librarians including hiring, training,
setting priorities, evaluating, and advising on staff
4. Engages with deans, chairs, faculty and students in support
of the University’s teaching and research mission.
5. Collaborates with colleagues throughout the Yale University
Library and other campus units.
6. Works independently with varied user groups in a complex
organization and team environment.
7. Collaborates with library staff engaged in development
8. Plans and implements marketing and assessment processes.
9. Coordinates facilities issues involving the Classics Library
and Sterling Memorial Library reading rooms and classrooms.
10. Serves on Library and University committees.
11. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and
monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to encourage
innovation and ensure excellence.
12. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.
May be assigned to work at any Yale University location.
13. May perform other duties as assigned.
Essential Duties 1. Provides leadership and vision for the
department. 2. Sets priorities and leads multiple projects while
meeting deadlines and budget targets. 3. Manages staff including
hiring, setting priorities, and staff development. 4. Manages
department budget, including funds for collection development. 5.
Engages with faculty and students in support of the University’s
teaching and research mission. 6. Collaborates with other
librarians and libraries at Yale. 7. Builds strong partnerships
with faculty and students, curators and librarians, and donors. 8.
Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies. 9. Works
independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and
functions collaboratively in a team environment. 10. Collaborates
with library staff engaged in development efforts. 11. Serves on
Library and University committees. 12. Participates in professional
activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best
practices elsewhere to encourage innovation and ensure the
excellence of the Library.
Required Education and Experience 1. Master’s degree from an
ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. In
selected instances, a post-graduate degree in museum studies or a
related discipline may be substituted for a master’s degree in
library science. 2. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and
direction in a research library. 3. Demonstrated ability and
achievement in managing staff 4. Demonstrated ability in managing
budgets and capital projects. 5. Strong commitment to collection
building and to innovative public service programs. 6. Demonstrated
excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability.
7. Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and
a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence. 8.
Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating
projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition. 9.
Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently
with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly
changing team environment. Yale University assigns ranks to
librarian positions based on a combination of professional
experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this
description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian
ranking information can be found at:
Required Skill/Ability 1: Minimum of 8 years of related
professional experience. Advanced degree in area studies or the
humanities is required in addition to an MLS.
Required Skill/Ability 2: Strong commitment to responsive,
innovative research support and outreach services and collection
development. Demonstrated experience managing staff and supervising
subject librarians. Excellent oral and written communications and
Required Skill/Ability 3: Demonstrated excellent customer
service skills; flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation,
creativity and excellence. Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
Required Skill/Ability 4: Demonstrated experience designing and
coordinating projects and bringing them to a timely conclusion.
Demonstrated experience in research library service programs.
Required Skill/Ability 5: Demonstrated experience working
collaboratively and independently with various groups within a
complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.
Experience managing collection development programs.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Experience working
with academic research library liaison librarian services and
collections. Knowledge of and experience with academic technologies
for research and teaching and with digital humanities. Ph.D. in the
humanities or area studies. Experience in donor relations, deeds of
gift, and/or archival processing. Knowledge of issues related to
non-roman language materials.
Drug Screen No
Health Screening No
Background Check Requirements All candidates for employment will
be subject to pre-employment background screening for this
position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug
testing and credit checks based on the position description and job
requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful
completion of the background check. Click here for additional
information on the background check requirements and process.
Posting Disclaimer The intent of this job description is to
provide a representative summary of the essential functions that
will be required of the position and should not be construed as a
declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the
particular position. Employees will be assigned specific
job-related duties through their hiring departments.
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applicants for employment without regard to, and does not
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religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or
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