Posting Date: Monday, September 11, 2017

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded,186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer master’s and doctoral degrees, and the College confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as the Wall Street Semester, Semester at the United Nations, Semester on Contemporary Art and Semester on Communications and Media in New York City and several international semester programs. The University also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

Drew University is seeking a Methodist Library and Special Collections Associate in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of the University Library. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections & University Archives and Methodist Librarian, the Methodist Library and Special Collections Associate will support Drew University’s Special Collections & Archives, the Methodist Library, and the Archives of the United Methodist Church. The Methodist Library and Special Collections Associate is responsible for overseeing the Wilson Reading Room, including working directly with researchers and visitors to the archives building. The position will also help oversee part-time student workers and interact closely with the staff of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church. The person in this position must have an aptitude for learning and the ability to adeptly handle a variety of tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary public services administrator for the United Methodist Archives and History Center.
  • Oversee activities the Wilson Reading Room, including visiting researchers and student staff. Keep watch over use of materials by patrons and student workers.
  • Provide both on-site and remote research support for the Department of Special Collections & University Archives and for the staff of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church.
  • In conjunction with the Head of Special Collections & University Archives and Methodist Librarian, train and supervise student employees, interns, and volunteers of the Drew Methodist Library and Special Collections.
  • Serve as technology liaison for the department, including implementation of digitization and metadata projects, coordination of computing and technological services of the Wilson Reading Room, and maintaining the department’s websites.
  • Provide assistance to the department in the areas of collection development, instruction, and programming. This includes purchasing materials and books for the Methodist Library, preparing for class visits, assisting in hosting events in the building, and putting together exhibits and showcases to highlight archival and rare materials.
  • Manage space and materials, including shelving and stacks organization, building security, and room scheduling.
  • Manage departmental social media outreach, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1-2 years of experience in library, archives, or museum setting
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with public interaction, including customer service and interdepartmental relations
  • Strong research and critical thinking skills
  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • Willingness to work with wide range of materials and researchers; including sensitivity to religious materials and projects
  • Ability to multitask and work independently

Preferred qualifications:

  • Proven ability to work with faculty, students, and staff in an academic setting
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with United Methodist history and culture
  • Experience working with and handling rare and unique materials
  • Experience with design software (such as Photoshop) and online platforms (such as Omeka and SharedShelf)
  • Experience with processing archival collections
  • Experience with cataloging library materials
  • Some supervisory experience

Application:

Please submit cover letter, resume and 3 references to HR0917-5@Drew.edu. Please include your name in the subject line. Applications due by October 15, 2017.

 

To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. This position is subject to a background check.