Head, Archives and Special Collections (BB-12C6F)
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Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact. With a and , Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.
Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.
Wilfrid Laurier University Library is seeking a motivated, innovative, and collaborative leader to join our team in the position of the Head, Archives and Special Collections Department. Reporting to the University Librarian the incumbent will provide strategic leadership, oversight and management for the university’s archival program that includes acquisition, appraisal, preservation and access to the University’s institutional memory, university records and documents of administrative, legal, fiscal and historical value, private records, rare books, and special collections which focus on the environmental conservation movement in Canada, Lutheranism in Canada, and music in the community. The Head, Archives and Special Collections will establish strategies, processes and workflows for the acquisition, appraisal, processing, archival curation, preservation, and discovery of born-digital and digitized archival materials and special collections. Working in close collaboration with Laurier Development and Alumni Relations, the incumbent will be responsible for donor outreach and stewardship, and will identify and cultivate strong relationships with potential donors to build, maintain and promote donor and alumni relations. The Head, Archives and Special Collections will work with faculty, students, staff and library colleagues to foster broad engagement with the Archives and Special Collections, to encourage increased use and hands-on experience with primary sources in support of research and teaching, and to enable the discovery and use of archival content through the provision and use of sustainable and scalable digital research tools, methods and frameworks. She/he will develop programs to promote Laurier Archives and Special Collections, will prepare archival exhibits, and provide reference and research services.
The Laurier Library serves 19,000 students at three campus locations: Waterloo, Kitchener, and Brantford in conjunction with the Brantford Public Library. As part of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) OMNI partnership with 14 University Libraries in Ontario, Laurier students and faculty have easy access to materials from partner libraries. The Library is undergoing a process of renewal and transformation and the current strategic plan can be found at .
Wilfrid Laurier University is an institution which prides itself on high-quality education and a close-knit university community. Laurier offers undergraduate and graduate programs through the Faculties of Arts, Education, Human and Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Music, Science and Social Work, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, and the through affiliations with Martin Luther University College and the School of International Policy and Governance.
Duties and responsibilities
The Continuing Track Head, Archives and Special Collections position is a full-time, continuing track appointment which will be available from July 1, 2021. The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary, benefits and terms of employment are governed by the Collective Agreement between Wilfrid Laurier University and Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty Association for Full-time Faculty and Professional Librarians .
Please email application package that includes cover letter, resume, along with the names and contact information of three references, in a single Word or PDF file, by March 15, 2021 to:
Wilfrid Laurier University
If you are applying to this posting through the Wilfrid Laurier website you will be asked to upload your file directly and therefore do not need to also send your file to as noted above.
If you are unable to apply using one file please connect with Jennifer Knechtel at who can assist you.
Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity seeking groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at . Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact Equity and Accessibility at .
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:
Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Jennifer Knechtel (firstname.lastname@example.org). Further information on the equity policy can be found at .
To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Jennifer Knechtel ().
The Library wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.
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