Head of LaBudde Special Collections

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Job Description

The Head of LaBudde Special Collections is responsible for a wide variety of duties related to providing access to materials, assisting the public in use of the collections, processing archival collections for patron use and preservation, providing assistance on use of collection materials, maintaining collections, coordinating on bibliographic access to materials, and supervising staff. The Head of LaBudde Special Collections actively manages departmental workflow and contributes to establishing priorities and policies. In addition to these responsibilities, the position monitors trends and developments in rare book and archives management, and recommends appropriate adoption and implementation of new technologies and methods for acquisition, access, and preservation. This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Special Collections and Archives.


Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS, Master’s degree in Archives, or another appropriate field that includes relevant course work;

  • Experience working in special collections and/or archives;

  • Supervisory experience or successful experience managing a team;

  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival processing practices, understanding of archival standards including DACS and EAD, and awareness of national issues and trends in archives;

  • Demonstrated ability to work positively and productively with diverse constituencies in a dynamic environment;

  • Evidenced ability to work in a collegial fashion with undergraduate, professional and graduate students, faculty, researchers, alumni and community members;

  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-based, service-oriented environment;

  • Evidence of professional initiative, mature judgment;

  • Excellent oral, written, planning, and interpersonal skills;

  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Kansas City history;

  • High density automated storage and retrieval system experience;

  • Grant-writing experience;

  • Experience implementing archival management software.


Full Time/Part Time: Full Time



This is a 12 month, ranked, non-tenure track faculty position . (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria for rank specifications.) The minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I – $47,500, Librarian II – $50,000, Librarian III – $55,000.  Librarian IV salary is commensurate with rank and experience. UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package.


Though this position is not a music librarian position, the division of Special Collections & Archives holds a number of music-focused collections and has worked closely with Conservatory faculty to create digital and physical exhibits documenting musicians in Kansas City. Feel free to browse the subjects contained within the archival collections- The person in this position will oversee public services and processing of collections for LaBudde Special Collections, the rare books and manuscripts repository at UMKC, but will also coordinate with the Marr Sound Archives on collections containing AV materials. Candidates with a strong background in archives and music subject knowledge are encouraged to apply.



The University Libraries are fully committed to spark creative thinking through diversity of perspectives, and thus to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of learning, diversity, integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

How to Apply


Applications received by March 24, 2019 will receive priority consideration. See the full job posting:


Application materials must be submitted online at Applicants must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).


For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.


You may address your cover letter to: Sandy Rodriguez, Chair of Search Committee. For inquiries, please contact 816-235-1531 or


Faculty librarian searches in the UMKC University Libraries typically take several months. It is unlikely that the committee will contact applicants until several weeks to a few months after the priority review date listed. The committee will do everything possible to expedite the search process and notify applicants at each stage of the process, but in the meantime, applicants are encouraged to sign in to view the status of their application.

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