(20180702) Director, Kheel Center for Labor-Management Relations and Documentation

Academic Librarian Position Announcement:

Director, Kheel Center for Labor-Management Relations and Documentation

Cornell University


Cornell University Library seeks creative, collaborative, service-oriented candidates to work in a collegial atmosphere in the position of Director of the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives. Reporting to the Director of the Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library (HLM), the Kheel Center Director provides leadership and oversight of one of the premier collections of primary resource materials in a field that touches the lives of everyone: work and employment. The duties especially focus on forming and developing relationships with faculty, researchers, donors, staff, peers, and the communities served by the Kheel Center’s collections.


The Kheel Center is at an exciting point in its 70 year history. The acquisition of the extensive collections of the American Textile History Museum have united the records of the textile mills with the textile union records that make up the plurality of Kheel’s over 30,000 cubic feet of records, backed up by the new, endowed Gordon and Marjorie Osborne Textile Industry Curator position. A plan to collect international labor records using contacts from the library and Cornell’s ILR School is bringing in important material that would otherwise likely not be available to researchers.


The Director will lead a collegial department of four archivists and two staff, plus any grant-funded staff. They will control an endowed budget which funds the department’s special projects, student assistants, supplies, and professional travel. The Director serves on the HLM department heads group and works closely with the Director of Cornell’s Rare and Manuscript Collections, addressing special collections issues across campus. The Kheel Center is an active member of the International Association of Labour History Institutions.


The Director will maintain and promote the HLM Library core values of collaboration, excellence, flexibility, innovation, integrity, and service.


Required Qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in archives and manuscripts.
  • Graduate degree in archival administration, library/information science, or the equivalent.
  • American history or labor relations coursework with experience in primary source research.
  • Proven analytical, writing, and organizing skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of professional scholarship and engagement.
  • Supervisory, management, or budgeting experience.
  • Archival experience, knowledge, or coursework in US labor history.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.



The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives is part of the Catherwood Library, the premier repository for the study of employment and the workplace, serving Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Catherwood Library is one of three units that make up Cornell’s Hospitality, Labor, and Management Library.


The Kheel Center collections include the records of several major US labor unions in the garment and textile, railroad, teaching, hospitality, and health care professions; the textile industry; management theorists; arbitrators and negotiators; and researchers of all aspects of the work and employment. Through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Mediation Board it maintains significant collective bargaining agreement holdings. The Kheel Center maintains a digital presence through the DigitalCommons@ILR site, targeted web exhibits, and Flickr.


One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. Cornell offers a highly competitive benefits package including child tuition reimbursement.


Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in beautiful Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.


How to Apply:

The application deadline is August 3, 2018. All candidates must apply via the Cornell University Careers site at:  https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Director-of-the-Kheel-Center-for-Labor-Management-Documentation-and-Archives_WDR-00013999 .  Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred). The incoming academic rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Posted Date: 
07/02/2018 to 08/02/2018