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Posted: 04/01/2015

Employer
Rockefeller Archive Center

The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) is a repository of historic documents in a wide variety of media and a research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains shaped by philanthropy. The RAC was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and their wide-ranging philanthropic endeavors (including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller University). Today, the RACís growing holdings include materials from numerous non-Rockefeller foundations and nonprofit organizations, making it a premier center for research on philanthropy and civil society. It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine. Through the scholars it serves and the broader community it reaches with its publications, workshops, and symposia, the RAC is a vital resource for research and public dialogue on the contributions of philanthropy to the well-being of people throughout the world. The RAC sponsors research grants for scholars who wish to use the collections, as well as workshops, seminars and conferences related to the major subject areas of the collections. The RACís programs have a special focus on philanthropy and philanthropic foundations. The RACís collections contain over 115 million pages of documents, over 900,000 photographs, over 6,000 films, approximately 18,000 reels of microfilm, over 10 terabytes of digital information in our digital repository, and 6,000 architectural drawings, maps, and posters. Since its opening in 1974, more than 5,000 scholars have visited the RAC to conduct research for books, articles, dissertations, and films in a wide variety of fields. The RAC is located in Hillcrest, a home of Westchester County field stone built for Martha Baird Rockefeller (1895-1971), the second wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960). The house was designed by Mott B. Schmidt and was completed in 1963. Mrs. Rockefeller personally planned the furnishings of the house, but advancing age and illness prevented her from living in it. After her death, the house was given to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of her residual estate. In March 1974 the Rockefeller Brothers Fund gave the house and the surrounding 24 acres of grounds for use as the Rockefeller Archive Center. The RAC provides work space for both researchers and staff and includes a few rooms where Rockefeller memorabilia are on display.


Position
Director of Archives
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Details
 

The Rockefeller Archive Center seeks a motivated and forward-thinking individual to join the senior management team in the position of Director of Archives.Reporting to the President, the Director of Archives will oversee all archival units and will lead all aspects of the planning, development, and management of the Centers archival collections.

The Rockefeller Archive Center is committed to the use of effective digital technologies to enhance the availability of its collections to researchers throughout the world.The Center is seeking candidates who will be equally committed to this goal and who have a strong background in the use of digital technologies in an archival setting.Prospective candidates should also have extensive experience in supervision and management, as well as the skill to cultivate positive and strong collaborations among the various units of the archive.

The Rockefeller Archive Center serves a large and diverse international audience of scholars, students, philanthropy professionals, filmmakers, journalists and many others.The Director of Archives will work closely with the staff to develop an archival program that can strengthen the services offered by the Center within the context of the best practices and standards of the archival profession. The Director of Archives will also work closely with the Archive Centers donor institutions, such as the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation, to shape archival programs that are responsive to the new digital environment.In addition, the Director is expected to be actively involved in and contributing to the archival profession.

Prospective candidates should hold a Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent advanced degree.Candidates should also have at least 10 years of professional archival experience, along with proven experience managing professional staff. In addition, experience with current archival systems, including collections management systems and digital preservation management systems, is expected.Demonstrated knowledge of records management procedures as well as archival processing standards and procedures is also required.

The Director of Archives will directly supervise four to five Assistant Directors and an IT staff of two, and will have general oversight of an archival staff of 25.The Director will also work closely with the Director of Research and Education in the development and expansion of the Archive Centers programs for scholars and professionals in the field of philanthropy.

The Rockefeller Archive Center, an operating foundation with its own substantial endowment, is an independent archive and research center dedicated to the study of philanthropy and the diverse domains it shapes. It was established in 1974 to assemble, preserve, and make accessible the records of the Rockefeller family and the foundations and nonprofits established by the family, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller University.Today, the Center's growing holdings include materials from numerous foundations, including the Ford Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, as well as from many nonprofit organizations.It is also a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.

Located 20 miles north of New York City in Westchester County on a former Rockefeller estate, the Archive Center is easily accessible from major highways and by train on the Metro-North Hudson Line.The Rockefeller Archive Center is an equal opportunity employer.The Center is committed to thesupport and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidateswho can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and culturaldiversity.

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How to apply
To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications along with a resume via email or mail to: Rockefeller Archive Center 15 Dayton Ave Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 careers@rockarch.org
Phone: 9143666381
ADDRESS
15 Dayton Ave
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

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