Job posting: Manager, Archives and Library Services, The Henry Ford

Note: To apply for this position, please forward resume and cover letter to Recruitment Manager,


As Manager of Archives and Library Services, this position is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, development, management, and administration of all activities relating to the management, care, and use of The Henry Ford’s archival and library collections. Primary areas of responsibility include leading, planning, setting standards for managing and creating access to the archives, library, and reading room. Provides leadership to archive and library staff and ensures that they are fully engaged and actively working toward the fulfillment of the institutional vision, mission, and brand. Reports to the Director of Historical Resources, and as a member of the Historical Resources Leadership Team, the Manager of Archives and Library Services collaborates with the Registrar, Chief Curator, Collection Manager, and Head of Preservation Management to ensure the collections of The Henry Ford are managed strategically and tactically as one collection.

Other areas of responsibility include Access Services, Photo licensing and reproduction, Digital Programs, and Ford Historical Resources Collaborative.


Business planning: Working within Historical Resources and the institutional context, develops strategic plan, long-range and short-term goals for the Archives and Library, specifically – sets priorities; determines budgetary requirements; establishes annual business plan and budget, and monitors progress toward long-term goals.
Leadership: Provides strong leadership, intellectual direction, and collaborative modeling to the team of archivists, librarians, processing and access staff, interns, as well as volunteers.
In collaboration with Marketing and other staff, articulates Benson Ford Research Center (BFRC) brand identity; identifies new audience opportunities, and develops and markets new programs to serve them.
Responsible for: Continuous improvement of customer-friendly public services programs; efficiency, response time, and revenue of offsite fee-based services; Special Access programs; efficient technical services department to acquire and catalog appropriate books and periodicals; work with the Chief Curator and their staff as well as others in the development of archival, text, and graphic collections; establishes service policies and procedures.
Digital programs: Works in a team based environment to improve and expand THF web-based program delivery in terms of collections access, improve efficiency, reduce costs of services, and expand revenue opportunities through on-line access and licensing of images.
Partnerships and collaborations: Such as the Ford Historical Resources Collaborative- responsible for ensuring that the BFRC meets its obligations as outlined in the Master Agreement. Works closely with Ford Motor Company staff to monitor progress toward collaborative goals.
Teamwork: Promotes positive and cooperative collaborations among the Archives and Library teams and other units throughout the institution in order to achieve desired results for product and program development. Builds strong working relationships with the Historical Resources Leadership Team and other institutional departments.
Expertise: Maintains high level of expertise in museum, archival, and collections issues, including a thorough understanding of the professional, ethical, and legal issues surrounding collections acquisitions, deaccessioning, collections digitization, as well as intellectual property and reproduction issues.
Acts as public spokesperson for the institution, when appropriate.
Performs other activities as necessary.


Requires advanced degree in information management, archives administration, or related field; requires five years’ previous experience with archival and library collections, including digital collections. Requires five years’ previous administrative and supervisory experience in a collections-based cultural institution.


Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to lead and manage a wide variety of individuals with diverse skills and expertise; understanding of the professional, ethical, and legal issues of collections, including acquisitions and deaccessions, collection management archives administration; intellectual property, rights and reproduction; ability to write policies and guidelines; strong command of archival theory and best practices, especially as they relate to the particular issues posed by electronic records; demonstrated familiarity with descriptive, technical, preservation, structural metadata standards, emerging standards and professional issues relevant to the archival control of digital collection materials; degree or course work in history/American Studies/or related field desired; knowledge of computer applications, including on-line information systems and web-based applications for collection management and collections access.

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