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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Assistant Director position at D'Arcy McNickle Center

THE D'ARCY MCNICKLE CENTER for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library invites applications for a full-time Assistant Director position. They seek applicants who are advanced ABD or hold a PhD in the humanities, with a focus on American Indian and indigenous studies. The position is open and will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established. For complete job description and requirements, please continue reading or click here.

Assistant Director, D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
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 McNickle 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.
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.
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.