(2020313) Associate Director, Technical Services - Yale University

Associate Director, Technical Services - 60525BR


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.


General Purpose:  The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University seeks a collaborative and forward-thinking leader for the position of Associate Director for Technical Services. The Beinecke Library is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare materials. Its robust collections are known and heavily used by Yale faculty and students as well as scholars from around the world to create new scholarship. In the last 10 years, the library has grown dramatically to a staff of 110 with almost half working in Technical Services units. The Beinecke Library has a robust program of acquisitions, annually adding, on average, 12,000 books, 1,000 linear feet of archival material, and more than 700 discrete manuscript items, primarily through the support of endowments. Technical Services Department is central to the Library’s efforts to provide access to the Library’s collections, whether onsite or virtually through online discovery systems and its digital library.


Reporting to the Director of the Beinecke Library, the Associate Director (AD) provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for all aspects of accessioning, cataloging, archival processing, digital collections, and metadata services for the Beinecke Library. Cross unit and department collaboration is an increasing area of emphasis for the Technical Services department as new areas of synergy and efficiency are explored with other University Library and cultural heritage organizations. The AD oversees all technical services activities with a strong focus on enabling and enhancing discovery of Yale’s extraordinary collections by scholarly communities. The AD oversees a department of 5 units with over 50 staff.


With a clear understanding of both the opportunities and challenges inherent in the rapidly changing landscape of both special collections librarianship and library collection discovery and access, the AD is responsible for aligning the technical services department with the present and future collection and discovery needs of the Library’s diverse users. The AD fosters and facilitates collaboration with departments throughout the Library to support teaching, learning and research at Yale. The AD is responsible for maintaining a strong understanding of technical services throughout the rest of the Library and, where appropriate, the University, to ensure broad recognition of the connections between technical services and the projects and initiatives of the Library. This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 4 to 5 based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://bit.ly/YULRanksPromotions.


Review of applications will begin on March 25, 2020.


Required Education and Experience:  

  • Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school or a post-graduate degree in a related field and eight years of progressively responsible experience, five of which should be in a supervisory leadership role in an academic or research library or similar institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated management skills with experience setting goals and meeting them.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying opportunities for improvement, formulating proposals and project plans, successfully leading change initiatives, communicating progress, and bringing to completion.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with descriptive and metadata standards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to growing and building teams, and supporting professional development and training for staff at all levels.



  • Demonstrated ability in understanding and exercising innovative thinking on emerging issues and best practices related to special collections technical service activities, including archives, born-digital material, digital collections, manuscripts, rare books and visual material.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively to develop productive partnerships within/across organizations. Effective ability in developing innovative processes and solutions with a team-based approach.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with large-scale transition management, and workflow analysis and improvement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to explain complex plans and concepts in an articulate, open and approachable manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the technologies and systems used in technical services work including integrated library management systems and collection discovery systems.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Experience with integrated library, special collections and archival discovery systems. Leadership experience with major multi-unit projects. Formal project management training. Supervisory experience in a labor union environment. Financial planning and management experience including budgetary responsibility. Facilities planning experience. Grant development and management experience.


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/YaleCareers-60525BR.  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


Posted Date: 
03/13/2020 to 04/13/2020