Associate Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library (Rutgers University Libraries, New Jersey)

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Created: December 16, 2012


RESPONSIBILITIES: The Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced, innovative, and service-oriented leader to fill the position of Associate Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Reporting to the Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), the Associate Director will have a leadership role in the fulfillment of the Institute’s mission as a preeminent research collection of jazz. With guidance from the IJS Director, the IJS Associate Director manages day-to-day operations of the Institute, ensuring outstanding research services to the diverse academic community. Will supervise the public services staff and the Digital Applications Developer. As one of the library liaisons to the Masters’ Program in Jazz History and Research, assists in the orientation for incoming students, provides research assistance for faculty and students in Jazz History and Research and related disciplines, such as the doctoral program in American Studies, and identifies appropriate collaboration opportunities with teaching faculty across disciplines. Under the guidance of the Dana Library Director and the Director of IJS, implements a comprehensive program of marketing and communication for IJS. In collaboration with other units of the Libraries, works to enhance the digital and web presence of the IJS, reflective of articulated departmental goals. Will work with the other Dana librarians, including the IJS Head of Collection Development, the Digital Humanities Librarian, and the Head of Media and Digital Library Services, to identify and shepherd digital projects involving IJS collections from inception to completion. Represents the Institute and the Library to the larger jazz and archival communities, locally, nationally, and internationally, and develops programming to provide broad exposure to the resources of the IJS. Works with the Dana Library Director and IJS Director in identifying and pursuing external funding sources, including individual donors and grant funding agencies.  As a member of a university-wide faculty, the Associate Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies is expected to participate in system-wide initiatives, committees, and task forces, and to demonstrate commitment to continual professional development through scholarly research relevant to areas of responsibility, including publications, presentations and participation and leadership in the work of relevant scholarly and professional associations.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will possess substantive professional experience and accomplishment in academic or research library special collections, archives, or similar settings, with relevant managerial and administrative experience and the ability to articulate an understanding of the role of archival and research collections in the delivery of information services to a diverse academic community. Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity as an organizational priority is required. Candidates who have had successful experience in the design and delivery of services for diverse populations will be given preference.  With an academic background, including a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution; or, a Master’s degree and/or doctorate in History, Archival Studies, Jazz Studies, Music, or a closely-related, relevant advanced degree, the successful candidate will demonstrate a record of or the potential for scholarship, and a record of leadership and service. Must have the ability and desire to meet tenure and promotion requirements. Key skills include effective communication with library, archival and jazz studies colleagues, other teaching faculty, administration, students, and alumni; innovation, and organizational and leadership ability.

SALARY:  Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STATUS/BENEFITS: Faculty status, calendar year appointment, retirement plans, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and eyeglass plans, tuition remission, one month vacation.

LIBRARY AND UNIVERSITY PROFILE:  Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities. As of July 1, 2013 Rutgers will become a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (“CIC”) in anticipation of its entry into the Big Ten in 2014.The university, spread over three regional campuses, includes over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 2,500 faculty, engaged in numerous degree-granting, research, and professional programs in all disciplines, as well as a broad spectrum of service programs for the state. Situated on 35 acres in downtown Newark, Rutgers-Newark is part of a dynamic urban environment and is positioned to take a leading role in the further revitalization of Newark.  The Newark campus is a doctoral-degree granting research institution, classified as a Carnegie Research Intensive institution, offering 14 doctoral programs:  American studies, applied physics, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, environmental studies, global affairs, integrative neuroscience, management, mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, public administration, and urban systems.  With more than 11,000 graduate and undergraduate students and anticipated growth in the student body, as well as in the number of resident students, Rutgers-Newark has been ranked the nation’s most diverse national university campus for the past fifteen years by U.S. News & World Report.

The Rutgers University Libraries (RUL), comprised of libraries on the University’s Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses, all reporting to the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, operate as a unified library system with coordinated public services, technical services, and collection development. The Libraries have highly valued staff about 300 who are committed to develop innovations in access services, information literacy and digital initiatives. RUL operates with a budget of $28 million  and outstanding collections especially in jazz and New Jerseyana.  Rutgers University Libraries are a member of ARL, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, and VALE, and use Sirsi Dynix and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities and Fedora repository software. The John Cotton Dana Library, in conjunction with the other Rutgers libraries, provides services and support for the Newark campus.  The Dana Library includes 12 library faculty and 25 staff positions, with a budget of $2.7 million. The world-renowned Institute of Jazz Studies, a special collections unit of the John Cotton Dana Library, is the world’s largest jazz archive. With over 100,000 sound recordings, 100 distinct archival collections, over  30,000 photographs, extensive oral history collections, books, jazz periodicals, musical instruments and other memorabilia, the Institute of Jazz Studies supports research by students at all levels, scholars and writers from around the world, musicians, arts institutions, record labels, and the media. The university’s highly regarded Masters of Arts Program in Jazz History and Research is supported directly by IJS collections and staff. The Institute also maintains an active outreach program, furthering jazz education in many ways, and supports scholarship through the publication of the Journal of Jazz Studies, the leading English-language scholarly jazz journal, and the Studies in Jazz monograph series. For more information go to the RUL website: and to learn about the Dana Library and Newark Campus go to: Rutgers is an ADVANCE institution, committed to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in the STEM disciplines.

TO APPLY:  CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY.  To apply please email your application in Word format (include cover letter, resume, names of three references, and where you saw the position advertised) to:  Lila Fredenburg, (APP.  205), Director of Administrative Services, Rutgers University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, email:, FAX: 732-932-7637

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.  The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.

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