Manager, Collections Services, Special Collections, Knowledge & Library Services, Harvard Business School, Cambridge MA

The Special Collections group in Knowledge and Library Services at Harvard Business School is looking for an innovative and collaborative Archivist who embraces change and is committed to providing excellent customer services to lead the planning, development, and management of collections services for the historical collections. Charged with ensuring the accessibility of a wide range of materials and formats -- archives and manuscripts collections, multimedia, rare books and serials -- through acquisition, processing, and cataloging, you will also be expected to create an integrated operation for these tasks, in collaboration with collection managers and consulting with the Director, Special Collections. You'll also be expected to provide analysis and expertise to ensure that Special Collections effectively utilizes leading practices of archival management, including emerging metadata standards and tools used to provide intellectual access.   We also need someone who will be a leader in both the Harvard and national archival communities in the areas of discovery platforms, collection delivery tools, integrated library systems and other systems for management, access and discovery of special collections materials.  Additional responsibilities include assisting in strategic planning and budget development and management and actively contributing to KLS-wide priorities and strategic projects as appropriate.


Required/Preferred Education, Experience, Skills:


MLS and/or M.A. in relevant subject area and 5+ years' professional experience in archival practices and management of multiple collections of varied types, preferably in an academic or research library, including at least 2 years of successful supervisory experience.  Strong organizational skills, budget management experience, and outstanding communication skills are essential.  Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of projects in a complex and dynamic environment. Experience as the lead processor on large-scale processing projects, managing multiple processors; setting and meeting goals; and developing metrics to measure progress throughout the project. Strong knowledge of and experience with archival and cataloguing standards for multiple formats including archival materials, print, photographs, and other visual materials (DACS, RDA, EAD,  MARC21, TGM, AAT, etc.) Demonstrated experience with integrated library management systems. Awareness of emerging trends and technologies including EAC-CPF, linked data, etc. Demonstrated ability to initiate new collections services and play a leadership role within a team-based approach to collections services. Familiarity with accepted conservation and preservation methods applied to manuscript and rare book collections. Strong quantitative and analytical skills; excellent interpersonal and critical thinking/ problem-solving skills. Ability to influence without authority. Strong subject knowledge of American social and cultural history desirable.


Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values.  They are:


•           Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others

•           Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community

•           Accountability for personal behavior



To apply for this position, please go to: and search for Req #31412BR. 

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