Academic Job: Head of Slavic Division (Harvard)

Open Until Filled. Application Review Begins: Monday February 27, 2017.

The Widener Library at Harvard University is inviting applications for Head of its Slavic Division.

The Head, Slavic Division in the Harvard College Library has the primary responsibility, through the management of a team of specialists in Slavic and Eastern European languages, for collection development, technical services, reference, research and instructional services for users of Slavic information resources. Additional responsibilities include developing policies and procedures and formulating specific goals to fulfill the Library’s mission. The incumbent will also support outreach efforts which may include planning and guiding digitization projects, organizing or contributing to exhibitions, and engaging alumni, benefactors, the University community and the wider public in topics supported by the expertise of the staff and the collections. This position supports the research needs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, scholars affiliated with the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute, as well as researchers throughout Harvard University, and the international scholarly community. Harvard Library’s Slavic holdings are among the largest in North America.

The Head, Slavic Division, will lead in developing strategies for collaboration with other university and research partners to increase access to information and to develop partnership which extend the Library’s capability to meet academic needs. The Library seeks a creative and innovative leader with excellent negotiation skills and a commitment to teamwork.

Identifies collection development needs by maintaining a close working relationship with FAS faculty as well as scholars and researchers both inside and outside of Harvard. Ensures appropriate collection development, in all formats and language areas supported by the Division, in accord with FAS priorities.
Is knowledgeable about scholarly communications and open access in libraries and in the university. Works with faculty, graduate students, and colleagues to increase awareness of DASH and the work of the Office for Scholarly Communication.
Oversees and coordinates technical services functions, including vendor relations, acquisitions, and cataloging, and ensures that workflows are optimized and work is accomplished efficiently and in a timely manner, in collaboration with Information and Technical Services and other parts of the Harvard Library.
Integrates with activities in Research, Teaching, and Learning to deliver a variety of services and partners with faculty in achieving academic mission.
Conducts independent research to support collection development, technical services and reference activities.
Provides instructional services to students to more effectively use the collection.
Manages all aspects of the Division’s work, monitors effectiveness, ensures productive and balanced operations, fosters teamwork within the division and with other units.
Manages staff performance and development and creates and sustains a goal-oriented, productive work environment.
Develops policies and procedures and formulates specific goals to fulfill the Division’s mission.
Collaborates with other university and research libraries to increase access to Slavic information resources in a cost-effective manner.
Participates in library committees, task forces, and programs. S/he is active professionally through service in relevant library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.
Contributes to fund-raising in the Harvard Library through the identification of projects or areas which would make compelling fundraising targets.

Supervises a group of employees, including both Administrative/Professional Librarians as well as Library Assistant staff members.
Basic Qualifications Minimum of 5 years of collection development experience in a research library, including knowledge of complex information markets with many vendors, acquisitions, and processing. Second advanced degree in Slavic studies or related discipline, or equivalent required. 2-5 years minimum supervisory experience required.
Fluency in Russian and knowledge of at least one other Slavic language required.
Additional Qualifications Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction in complex organizations and demonstrated understanding of library and information resources that support research and scholarship in the areas served by the Slavic collection is required. Experience in digital scholarship and knowledge of the broad range of issues involved with the integration of information technologies is also required.
Additional Information Position will remain posted until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning Monday February 27, 2017.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. There are no significant physical demands required in this position.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work associated with this position is performed in an office environment.

Lenia Constantinou
Department Administrator
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-0912

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