Position Available: Director of the Reuther Library, Wayne State University

Wayne State University seeks a dynamic individual with outstanding leadership skills for the position of Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library. Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the Director serves as the primary administrator of the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs and the Wayne State University Archives. The successful candidate will be an innovative and accomplished professional skilled in managing organizational change and evolving technologies pertinent to archival collections. A vision for building partnerships across Wayne State and within both the labor movement and the Detroit metropolitan community is essential.

The Walter P. Reuther Library is the premier labor archives in North America and an essential destination for research in its main subject areas. The Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs collects, preserves, and provides access to the documentary and visual heritage of the American labor movement, related reform movements, and influential individuals. Numerous union and working class organizations, African Americans, and women in the labor movement, as well as dissident, social, and political reform movements are well-documented within its holdings. Extensive collections on the history of Detroit encompass urban development, social welfare, health care, education, politics, civil rights, women’s rights, and community life. The Wayne State University Archives is the university’s official historical repository.

The Reuther Library staff includes 15 full-time archivists. Holdings comprise over 75,000 linear feet of historical records from 2,000 discreet collections. Among these are 2 million negatives and photographic prints, 7,500 moving images, 12,000 sound recordings, 2,000 posters, 750 oral histories, 12,000 books and periodicals in addition to an extensive collection of subject files, convention proceedings, and published contracts. Current initiatives involve expanding electronic systems, enhancing collection discovery, offering creative online content and instituting a vibrant oral history center.

Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited MLIS/ MLS or advanced degree in the social sciences with completed advanced coursework in archival management; substantive managerial or leadership experience in archives or special collections; strong commitment to public service; collection development and donor relations expertise; experience in effective planning and budgeting; successful track record in project development, fundraising and grant writing; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated success in team building and strategic planning; strong commitment to fostering the growth and development of others; substantial understanding of the description, management, preservation and delivery of digital assets; evidence of scholarly engagement, publications or presentations and participation in professional organizations. Preferred qualifications include ACA or ICRM Certification; subject knowledge in American labor and/or urban history.

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through its 13 schools and colleges to over 30,000 students. Located in midtown Detroit, the city’s Cultural Center, Wayne State’s main campus consists of 102 buildings which span over 200 acres, and its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Annual research expenditures for the university exceed $250 million.

Application Procedure: Nominations or questions regarding this position may be directed via email to Virginia C. Thomas, Director, Arthur Neef Law Library, at virginiathomas@wayne.edu. For consideration, please submit electronically a complete resume and letter of interest including contact information for at least 3 professional references to posting #038394 on Wayne State University’s ONLINE HIRING SYSTEM at https://jobs.wayne.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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