Job posting: Curator, Historical Manuscripts and Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi

Curator, Historical Manuscripts and Archives
University Libraries
The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries seeks applications from experienced, innovative, and energetic individuals for the position of Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives.

Job Summary:

The curator leads and coordinates the historical manuscripts and university archives program and reports to the Dean of University Libraries.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives is expected to lead and manage all aspects of the historical manuscripts and university archives program including communicating with potential donors to acquire new materials, arranging and describing collections, assisting researchers, managing preservation, establishing policies and plans for the unit, supervising the Assistant Curator of Archives and Manuscripts, collaborating on digital projects, coordinating exhibits and events, overseeing the retention of university records, and managing and directing a current NHPRC grant-funded project.

Qualifications Required:

• Master’s degree in archival or library science from an ALA-accredited program or masters/doctoral degree in a closely related field
• At least a minimum of three years as a professional archivist in an academic or research library
• Demonstrated Supervisory experience
• Demonstrated experience working with donors
• Demonstrated knowledge of archival principles and descriptive standards
• Knowledge of preservation and conservation treatments for archival materials
• Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property principles
• Additional advanced degree in history, English, museum studies, or related field
• Demonstrated experience with a records management program
• Archival certificate from the Academy of Certified Archivists
• Demonstrated experience with DACS, EAD, and MARC

Appointment Rank and Salary:

Rank: This is a tenure track faculty position to be hired at the assistant or associate level depending on qualifications and experience. Professional activity and service are expected.
Salary: Preferred hiring range is $40,000 to $60,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline:

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure:

To apply for this position, go to Attach a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for meeting the position responsibilities, a current curriculum vitae and complete contact information for at least three references.
For further information, contact Jorge Brown, the search committee chair, at or by phone at 228.214.3455.

Historical Manuscripts and Archives holds more than 10,000 cubic feet of historical manuscripts and records, specializing in the Civil Rights movement, the timber and railroad industries in Mississippi, the Civil War, university records, and other original materials associated with Mississippi history and culture. The University Libraries other special collections include the internationally recognized de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, the Mississippiana and Rare Books Collections.

Founded in 1910, the University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. The University of Southern Mississippi, which enrolls approximately 17,000 students each year, is the only dual-campus university in Mississippi with campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach. Six additional research sites are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Meridian. Learn more at