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Head of Study Room, Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art seeks a Head of Study Room to steward the public operations of the museum’s Study Room, which provides access to its collections of prints, drawings, photographs, rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Reporting to the Deputy Director for Research, the Head of Study Room provides leadership and direction for a broad range of services and programs that support and expand the use of the Center’s collections by a wide range of audiences, including faculty and students from area colleges and universities, the international scholarly community, and the general public. The Head of Study Room must have a proven knowledge of the medium of paper, inclusive of care, display, handling, housing, storage, and study. The postholder must also have a strong commitment to public service and audience development. The postholder will be responsible for creating a welcoming environment for all audiences and must demonstrate a proven ability to interact effectively and productively with diverse individuals and groups. The postholder will provide vision for activating the Study Room as a dynamic hub for collections research, outreach, and community engagement. The Head of Study Room is encouraged to envision a Study Room that is fully integrated into all of the museum’s functions and that serves both academic and non-academic communities.

The Head of Study Room is responsible for managing remote and in-person reference services and serves as the primary point of contact for inquiries about the Center’s archival, drawing, manuscript, photograph, print, and rare book collections, ranging from research requests to class visits. The postholder collaborates with the Center’s curatorial, education, and research departments to support and promote an active teaching and engagement program, including course-related activities. The Head of Study Room also administers and optimizes technology, such as Aeon and TMS, to enhance Study Room functions, and tracks and reports Study Room statistics. The postholder will also manage the Center’s Collections Seminar Room as an extension of the Study Room for small classes and events.

The Head of Study Room manages the staff members as they operate the Study Room and fosters a creative, collaborative, and team-oriented work environment. The postholder works with the Center’s curators and archivists to prioritize the collections-related work that the Study Room staff will complete, such as cataloging, inventorying, organizing, and rehousing of collections. The Head of Study Room also coordinates the work of Study Room staff in these areas.

Full details and key responsibilities can be found via External Link below.

To apply for the position of Yale Center for British Art, Head of Study Room (STARS requisition number: 72315BR), please submit an online application through STARS.

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