Director, Library and Archives – Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation – New York, NY

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking a Director, Library and Archives. The Director, Library and Archives will report to the Deputy Director, Chief Curator and is responsible for the administration, operation and maintenance of the library, archives, and records management.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position manages department staff, including an Assistant Librarian and Associate Archivist; interns; temporary and grant employees; and volunteers.

Key Responsibilities:
– Provides vision, leadership, innovation, and long range planning for fundraising, facilities, archival and library practices, technology, preservation, security, maintenance, and outreach.
– Develop and maintain all aspects and daily operations of the library and archives department including the budget, policies and procedures, library catalog, archives and records database, research services, department’s web and social media content, and other day-to-day activities.
– Ensure the Museum’s library and archives collections are cataloged and processed using current industry standards and maintained in the appropriate environment with the maximum amount of accessibility.
– Manage digital records preservation program. Update, maintain, and monitor museum-wide records retention policy and schedules including compliance and annual destruction.
– Identify, propose, and draft narratives for grant opportunities through coordination and collaboration with Development. Manage funded grant projects.
– Provide essential leadership and guidance for team members to maximize productivity, set performance standards and evaluate performance, and implement professional development opportunities.
– Support the Museum’s mission through development of collections, collaboration with museum staff, and promotion of history through exhibitions and other activities. Keep abreast of Guggenheim programming through ongoing contact with Curatorial, Education, Exhibition, Conservation, and administrative staff.
– Participate in planning task force for a future collection center that will consolidate its staff and storage into one efficient, multi-use building with a dynamic public component. Envision, propose, and plan expanded role that the library and archives will have in public research, programming, and outreach.
– Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:
– 7+years’ experience as a Museum Librarian, Museum Archivist, or similar.
– MLIS with coursework in Art History or related.
– Demonstrated knowledge of research libraries, archives, and records management procedures including cataloging (MARC21), arranging and describing archives collections (EAD), managing digital repositories (OAIS), and records retention schedules.
– Experience with integrated library system (ILS), archives databases, open source software, and social media.
– Excellent oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated publication history.
– Excellent project management skills, ability and willingness to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
– Ability to work on a wide variety of projects concurrently, with concern for the tasks assigned and the goals of the department.
– Knowledge of Museum purposes, organization and procedures.
– Knowledge of additional languages a plus.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to employment@guggenheim.org. Indicate the job title “Director, Library and Archives” in the subject line.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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