Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Job announcement: Assistant Director, D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

TITLE: Assistant Director
DEPARTMENT: D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies

SUMMARY: Reporting to the director of the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the assistant director will coordinate the development and operation of the center's scholarly and public programs for a wide variety of constituencies; provide substantial research, editorial, writing, and administrative assistance for research projects; assist with the preparation of grant proposals; and play a major intellectual role in all McNickle Center and some Newberry Library activities. The position includes assisting the center director with leadership of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) and frequent contact at the Newberry and on individual campuses with faculty representatives from NCAIS schools.


In close collaboration with the McNicle Center director, the assistant director will
•  plan, design, seek funding for, and implement research and educational programs that promote research, scholarship, and teaching in American Indian studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the Newberry's collection;
•  assist in directing all aspects of NCAIS, including summer institutes, spring workshops, and NCAIS fellowships;
•  maintain close and effective relationships between the center and scholarly communities locally, regionally, and nationally;
•  build and maintain collaborative relationships between the Newberry and American Indian communities, both in Chicago and elsewhere in the United States;
•  participate in the intellectual life of the Newberry;
•  conduct a personal research program related to the center's purposes;
•  collaborate with other Newberry departments and divisions to maintain the center's participation in library activities and events;
•  perform all other tasks or activities as necessary for the achievement of the center's goals and the goals of the division of Research and Academic Programs.


•  Advanced ABD or PhD in the humanities, with a focus on American Indian and Indigenous studies.
•  Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
•  Teaching and public speaking experience.
•  Knowledge of the American Indian and Indigenous studies essential, with knowledge of the Newberry's collections in these areas strongly preferred.
•  Ability to organize, prioritize, and pursue multiple tasks.
•  Strong office management skills.
•  Excellent interpersonal skills.
•  Experience with appropriate office and data management software.
•  Experience with visual media presentation and basic web design knowledge desirable.
•  Bachelor's degree required

SCHEDULE: Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekend hours as necessary.  Exempt position.

BENEFITS: First year - health, dental, vision and group life insurance, fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays.  After one year of service - twenty vacations day, long-term disability, long-term care, and TIAA-CREF retirement plan available.

Date Posted:  August 7, 2013
The Newberry is seeking a candidate who is available to begin this fall. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Applications should include a cover letter, cv, short (30 pages or less) writing sample, and contact information for three references. Applicants should indicate their start date availability in the cover letter.

About the Newberry Library:
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The Newberry Library, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry Library acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry Library encourages intellectual pursuit in an atmosphere of free inquiry and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.

Send cover letter, resume, and references to the Director of Human Resources, Email:

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