Jobs for Medievalists

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Education Program Director

Beinecke Library – Collections, Research, & Education


Minimum Salary:  $86,900

Position Focus:

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, one of the largest and most dynamic collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world, seeks an experienced and passionate leader in teaching and learning with special collection materials. Reporting to the Associate Director for Collections, Research and Education (CRE), this position will develop and realize a strategic plan for enhancing and effectively managing the educational vision of the Beinecke Library, including its renowned fellowship program.

Yale is committed to improving the world today and for future generations through outstanding research and scholarship, education, preservation and practice. Within this context, the Beinecke Library aspires to be a place for interdisciplinary research, scholarly exploration, creativity and intellectual exchange. Each year, the Beinecke Library holds over 600 instructional sessions in its six state-of-the-art classrooms and hosts over 50 fellows in its reading room. This position offers an unparalleled opportunity for an individual to help shape the educational and research program at one of the world’s most important and vibrant libraries.

Depending on professional background, the final candidate will be hired as a Librarian or as a Manager (Grade 26).

Please provide a cover letter, contact information for references and a one page teaching philosophy with application.

Applications will be accepted through December 20, 2019.

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Essential Duties

Leadership and Program Development

• Working closely with the Associate Director and colleagues in CRE, develop and realize a strategic plan for the Library’s education and fellowship priorities for the next five years.

• Serve as a liaison to the Yale academic community and build synergistic connections with the Yale University Library and other units on campus (including the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale Center for British Art, and the Peabody Museum) as well as with other institutions.

• Champion diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all aspects of the Beinecke Library’s education and fellowship programs. • Develop and manage the Library’s education and fellowship programs budget.

 • Supervise and mentor professional staff, graduate and undergraduate student workers, and interns

• Raise awareness of Beinecke Library as a unique educational resource at Yale for faculty, students, and scholars from around the world.

• Engage with regional and national professional organizations to advocate for excellence in the field of special collections education.

• Occasional night & weekend hours required. Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Teaching and Learning

• Create a framework for reflective teaching practices and a continuously improving instruction program at the Beinecke Library.

• Lead the curricular outreach efforts of the Beinecke Library and provide support, consulting, training, and communications to promote best practices for primary source pedagogy. 

• Prepare and lead hands-on instruction sessions across curatorial areas (Early Books, Early Modern, Modern, Modern European, Yale Collection of American Literature, Western Americana).This includes evaluating and selecting materials, developing class plans, and collaborating with faculty on assignment design and learning outcomes.

• Oversee the Beinecke Library’s summer masterclasses and semester-long faculty-led classes. 

• Develop assessment tools and metrics to measure impact of the Beinecke Library’s education program on the student experience, faculty engagement, and Library resources.

• Deepen teaching and learning collaborations across Yale through existing programs (i.e.: English 114/115; Senior Theses in History; Yale Young Global Scholars; Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship; Medieval-Renaissance Forum) and through new initiatives. 

•Working closely with colleagues in CRE, Access Services, Technical Services, and Communications, actively contribute to the ongoing development and assessment of discovery and access tools for the Library, including the “Teach at Beinecke” web portal. Fellowships and Outreach

•Oversee the Beinecke Library’s renowned fellowship program, including short-term and long-term fellows,  Yale graduate student fellows, visiting research fellows, distinguished fellows, and joint-institution fellows

•Create a framework and communications plan for continually raising the fellowship program’s international profile.

•Develop assessment tools and metrics to measure the impact of the Beinecke Library’s fellowship program by tracking research outcomes and obtaining qualitative feedback from fellows

• Establish guidelines and oversee administrative and financial activities for the fellowship program

• Work closely with colleagues in CRE, Access Services, and Communications to develop a strategy for the responsible and sustainable use of the classrooms, mezzanine, plaza, and West Campus Study Center. 

•Collaborate with the Head of Access Services and the Director of Communications on the Beinecke Library’s non-curricular outreach programs, including family weekends, Bulldog Days, and other programs. 

•Collaborate with curators on exhibitions to ensure effective educational impact and public appeal.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school, or equivalent accredited post-graduate degree in a humanities or other related discipline, or a Master’s degree in museum studies. Five years of professional experience. Demonstrated supervisory experience or program manager experience. Experience managing a budget.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated track record of excellence in primary source or object-based teaching in a special collection or museum setting.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Exceptional interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, positive outlook, intellectual rigor and agility. Excellent writing and public speaking skills.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Evidence of innovative program development and outreach to a variety of audiences.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated scholarly expertise in an area of the collections, and a secondary area of expertise that is interdisciplinary in nature.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated passion and ability to teach from collections across the breadth of the humanities globally (from papyrus to born-digital materials).

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

College-level teaching experience.
Ability to contribute to scholarly work on special collections education.
Experience working across disciplinary boundaries.
Track record of supervisory experience, including managing multiple direct reports.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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