[Msa-discuss] Position Announcement: Associate Director for Research

Kuhn, Jim jim.kuhn at austin.utexas.edu
Wed Jul 31 08:39:38 EDT 2019

Job Posting Title:
Harry Ransom Center Associate Director for Research

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

Earliest Start Date:

Austin, Texas - UT main campus

Job Description:
Leads the Research Division, which encourages and facilitates research in the collections and related scholarly conversations that advance the study of the humanities and support and promote the dissemination of research to a national and international audience. Directs the Center's fellowship program, publications program, and the biennial Flair Symposium and other occasional seminars and symposia in collaboration with campus partners. Serves on the Center's senior leadership team responsible for institution-wide strategic direction and planning.

Job Details:

About the Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center<https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/> is seeking an Associate Director for Research to play a leading role in developing the Center's scholarly initiatives and programs.  The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, performing arts, film, photography, and art. Visitors engage with the Center's collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, and symposia.  The successful candidate will serve as Head of the Research Division and on the Ransom Center's senior leadership team responsible for institution-wide planning.

The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who can demonstrate a commitment to inclusion.


*        Directs the Center's Fellowship program that provides research funding for approximately 60 international and US scholars and graduate students each year. Manages the peer review selection process, and, with assistance of the Fellowship Program Coordinator and the Business Office, manages all aspects of the fellows' appointments.    Works to integrate visiting fellows into the scholarly community at the university and promotes scholarly conversation and dialogue around the Center's collections.

*        Develops and, with the support of other Ransom Center staff, implements the biennial Flair Symposium and other occasional seminars and symposia that support the Center's mission and stimulate scholarly conversations across campus and beyond.

*        Directs the Ransom Center's publication program (approximately one per year), including exhibition catalogs and other occasional publications that interpret the Center's collections for broad audiences. With the Director and other Ransom Center stakeholders, reviews publication proposals, and serves as liaison to publishers. Manages publication timeline in coordination with Education and Exhibitions, serves as liaison to publishers. May provide developmental editing and copy editing for manuscripts and facilitate image selection, fact-checking, clearance of rights, and design.

*        Provides editorial support through the adoption of standards and style guides for various types of Ransom Center print and digital materials; reviews and edits collateral from Ransom Center divisions.  May provide editorial support for the scholarly output of Ransom Center staff.

*        Serves as member of the Center's senior leadership team. Serves as a division head for the Research Division including supervision of the Fellowship Program Coordinator.

Required Qualifications

*        A PhD in an area of subject strength for the Ransom Center (preferably contemporary American or British literature) and a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement and publication.

*        Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to speak to diverse audiences.

*        Proven record of successful project management or equivalent administrative experience.

*        Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with others.

*        Experience working in a research library or institute or equivalent experience.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
Thorough knowledge of Ransom Center collections and programs and knowledge of UT academic departments and faculty. Proven ability to conceptualize and produce academic and public programs successfully directed to target audience and participants. Proven ability to work with organizations and peer institutions, locally, nationally, internationally, and to work internally as a team member.

Salary Range
$75,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
Typical office environment

Required Materials

*        Resume/CV

*        3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

*        Letter of interest

To Apply:
To be considered, you must apply through the University of Texas at Austin Staff Job site<https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UTstaff/job/UT-MAIN-CAMPUS/Associate-Director-for-Research_R_00004217>.

Jim Kuhn, MA, MLS (he, him, his)
Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian
Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Drawer 7219
Austin, Texas 78713-7219
P: 512-471-4458
jim.kuhn at austin.utexas.edu<mailto:jim.kuhn at austin.utexas.edu>

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