West Virginia & Regional History Center with Libraries at West
Virginia University is seeking application for an Associate Dean
for Special Collections and Exhibitions.
About the Opportunity
West Virginia University seeks an innovative and strategic leader
for its special collections division (the West Virginia and
Regional History Center - WVRHC), the William A. Neal Museum of the
Health Sciences, and the Art in the Libraries program. This
successful candidate will be the first Associate Dean to hold this
position. The WVRHC comprises several collections and
About WVU Libraries
The WVU Libraries encompasses seven libraries: the Downtown
Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library (Morgantown),
Law Library, Health Sciences Library (Charleston), Mary F. Shipper
Library at Potomac State College, Beckley Library at WVU Institute
of Technology, and West Virginia and Regional History Center. Our
collections include more than 1.8 million books, 400,000 eBooks,
and 117,000 eJournals. To learn more about our strategic goals read
our 2021-2024 strategic Roadmap https://library.wvu.edu/about/strategic-roadmap
We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for
things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits,
What you'll do:
- 37.5-hour work week
- 13 paid holidays (
staff holiday calendar )
- 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year or more based on years
of service (
employee leave )
- 18 sick days per year
- (for when you’re ill, for when you need time to care for sick
family, for your own, or your family’s, regularly scheduled medical
appointments. Who is family for the purpose of this leave? A lot of
people in your life including immediate relatives and in-laws as
well as others considered to be members of your household living
under the same roof)
- WVU offers a range of
health insurance and other benefits
- 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match,
eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks.
more retirement benefits information ? Check out retirement
health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ’s.
- Wellness programs
- West Virginia & Regional History Center that acquires,
provides access to, and preserves information resources in all
formats which elucidate the history and culture of West Virginia
and the central Appalachian region. As the Special Collections
division of the WVU Libraries, the WVRHC also preserves selected
information resources beyond the state and regional scope which
contribute to the teaching, research, and service mission of West
- The new William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences, which
highlights the university and state’s development and contributions
- Art in the Libraries program which develops exhibits and
related programming in the Downtown Library, Evansdale Library, and
Health Sciences Library highlighting the creative endeavors and
scholarship of WVU faculty, staff, and students, reaching across
the University, the region, and the broader academic
- A digital preservation program that digitizes and makes
accessible files of historical and cultural materials and
born-digital collections from the WVRHC.
- Public services that serve our campus, regional, and national
researchers along with a growing and strengthening teaching
- Broaden representation and belonging through materials and
- Endowments valuing over $7 million.
The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of Libraries and serves on
the senior leadership team, actively contributing to library-wide
planning, policy making, and goal setting.
About the collections:
- Archives and Manuscripts, containing more than 4,000
collections consuming nearly 20,000 linear feet of shelf space. In
addition to unmatched holdings regarding West Virginia's founding
and political development, the collection preserves outstanding
primary information resources regarding virtually all aspects of
the state's economic, cultural, and social history from early
settlement to the present.
- The University Archives, including permanent records such as
administrative files, publications, photographs, audiovisual
material, faculty papers, and memorabilia that document all aspects
of campus life and the operations of WVU (West Virginia
University), dating from the founding of the University in 1867
through the present day.
- The Rare Books Collection contains old and rare books from 1370
to the present. Notable collections include an exceptional
Shakespeare Collection including 5 folios, an extensive Mark Twain
collection, and a particular strength in early modern, publishers’
bindings, and natural history/botany.
- The Appalachian collection includes over 12,000 published
titles about the Mountain South Appalachian region as well as the
Appalachian Bibliography, a web resource covering topics from
archeology to anthropology, folklore, gender studies, stereotype,
and politics and government, among others. The Appalachian
Bibliography is recognized throughout the region.
- Modern Congressional and Political Papers which preserves the
papers of members of Congress, political parties, and state and
local political actors in the 20th and 21st centuries. The papers
document federal, state, and local government activities.
- West Virginia and Regional History Center research-oriented
- Expansive newspaper collection documenting West Virginia
historically to the present day. Over 100 historic West Virginia
newspapers have been digitized and are available on the Library of
Congress’ page, Chronicling America.
- ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent degree.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of academic library experience with
progressively responsible administrative/leadership
- Demonstrated understanding of best practices for special
- Demonstrated ability to cast vision and set priorities for
library, archival, and museum collections.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and innovate for the
development of new ideas and initiatives.
- Demonstrated ability to advocate and serve as a voice for
Special Collections, the museum, and Art in the Libraries at the
library administrative level and on campus.
- Knowledge of, or an interest in learning, the history and
culture of West Virginia and the Appalachian region.
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate communication and build
relationships between a variety of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated ability to participate in grant writing, grants
management, donor relations, and fundraising.
- Record of contributing to the profession via experience,
research, presentations, publications, and/or service sufficient
for appointment as an Associate University Librarian or University
- An additional master’s degree or PhD in a relevant subject
Salary: $140,000 - $155,000
About West Virginia University and Morgantown
- Applications received by August 1, 2022, are given full
consideration in the initial screening. Applications are accepted
until the position is filled. Application should include Letter of
Interest, CV, and References.
- Start Date: ASAP but negotiable.
Morgantown, WV is a growing university city. The area offers
abundant outdoor recreation and the cultural opportunities of a
college town. It is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA
(70 mi) and is within a day's driving distance to Washington DC and
Columbus, OH (200 mi).
At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources
to create a better future for our state and the world. As West
Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch
each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on
15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten
experimental farms and four forests.
From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in
Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in
Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley
— the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8
million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or
Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are
the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to
work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new
heights. After all, when you are a Mountaineer, impossible is just
another mountain to climb.
To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu
. View current career
opportunities at careers.wvu.edu
West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity
employer and is the recipient of an NSF (National Science
Foundation) ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values
diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites
applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race,
ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation,
age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.