Search for the Director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Emory Libraries has initiated a search for the next Director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Relevant information can be found below.

Position Description

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Director provides vision, leadership, administration, and strategic direction for all programs within the Rose Library. The director strategically aligns collections, services, programs, and outreach with the broader libraries, the community, and Emory’s academic mission. In collaboration with the Rose Library leadership team, the Director actively participates in promotion, marketing, and development efforts. As a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team, the Director works collaboratively across the organization to integrate special collections into the broader strategic directions of the Libraries and the University, and participates in collaborative programs and services at the local, state, regional, national and international level in the advancement of services, collections, and programs.

Essential Responsibilities

Leadership & Administration

  • Provides vision and leadership in the administration of the Rose Library in alignment with the Libraries’ and Emory’s educational and research mission. Collaboratively builds a strategic direction for Rose Library collection development to include University Archives and records, and all associated operations working to align and integrate into the broader goals of the Libraries and the university. Identifies opportunities for the Rose Library to lead regionally and nationally transforming collections and services.
  • The Rose Library has approximately 27 FTE staff, which includes four direct reports consisting of three curators and an associate director who manages the division‘s departments and units and supervise noted staff and student employees. The director coaches, mentors, and works with direct reports to coordinate recruitment, hiring, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of staff and student employees.
  • Works collaboratively to establish priorities, build strategies, and advance directives for collection development for both digital and print materials. Identifies and initiates collecting areas in support of records management, evolving research, and the teaching mission. Promotes engagement with faculty, University Administration, and donors to build and steward relationships in the advancement of Rose Library collections. Works to increase the use of special collections and University records and archives in the classroom, in digital scholarship initiatives, exhibitions, and in the development of open educational resources.
  • Oversees Rose Library budgets, personnel management, and space planning in collaboration with the leadership team. Initiates timely changes and assessment strategies to advance the organization‘s effectiveness, efficiency, and services in all areas. Advocates for internal and external funding for special collections and projects. Provides guidance to enhance appraisal, collection development and collection management capabilities and ensures that allocated funds are managed appropriately.
  • Contributes leadership in library-wide planning, policy making, development and evaluation of services. Participates as a senior manager and Cabinet member of the Libraries.

Collaboration & Engagement

  • Seeks various pathways to increase the recognition of Rose Library collections and services and promotes the Library‘s role in the academic and broader community. Participates as an advocate and the primary spokesperson from the Rose Library to the schools, colleges, and departments and university committees for archives, special collections, and records management.
  • In collaboration with Campus and Community Relations develops and manages a diverse palette of educational public programs, services, and exhibitions to showcase collections, encourage dialogue, and enhance the curricular and scholarly use of Rose Library collections.
  • Encourages and ensures coordination and integration where appropriate encouraging personnel to work across departments to support goals and initiatives. Works with other departments and staff to develop priorities, technical infrastructure and workflows in support of the Libraries strategic priorities.
  • Fosters a collaborative and inclusive work environment in alignment with the Libraries’ and the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion goals.

Marketing, Donor Relations, Stewardship, Grants, and Fundraising Activities

  • In collaboration with the University Librarian and the Campus and LITS development office, cultivates donors and other funding opportunities to advance Libraries’ goals, resources and infrastructure.
  • Works with the Rose Library team and Campus and Community Relations to develop relevant publications, websites, video, programming, and activities to highlight collections and fundraising opportunities related to the preservation and expansion of the special collections.
  • Participates in donor stewardship activities through various forms of communication and interactions.
  • Investigates and pursues relevant grant opportunities to expand access to collections, preservation, education, and services.
  • Connects to entities and attends conferences relevant to advancement to build networks and knowledge and expand pipeline.

Campus Contributions & Professional/Scholarly Association Involvement & Activity

  • Participates in library committees related to primary job assignment as appropriate.
  • Participates in appropriate professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintaining membership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, workshops; and serving in appointed or elected positions.
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  • Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent education and experience.
  • Minimum of five years of developing and administering special collections within a major research library; familiarity with current special collections practices and initiatives including digital strategies.
  • Demonstrated competence in strategic planning and managing change in complex environments.
  • Experience with budget planning and administration, human resources management, and facilities and space planning.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to service excellence.
  • Demonstrated experience in building an effective assessment strategy.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Experience with supervision, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary.
  • Excellent skills in building and sustaining an effective communication strategy and interpersonal relations.
  • Evidence of an ability to develop and maintain an expansive development program including government and foundation grant applications and/or individual and corporate awards.
  • Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Commitment to professional issues demonstrated through demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues and evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, or national professional or scholarly associations and documented evidence of research and publication.


  • Advanced degree (subject master‘s or doctoral) in a relevant discipline and/or record of teaching or scholarship preferred.
  • Specialization in Rare Books or Archival Administration in an academic or special library.
  • Participation in digital and scholarly communications initiatives.