Job Posting: Director, Women & Leadership Archives, Loyola University

10 Jul 2019 10:48 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Loyola University Chicago (Loyola) seeks nominations and applications to identify user-focused, innovative, and forward-thinking candidates to serve as the next Director of its Women and Leadership Archives (WLA). This position will provide strategic direction and leadership, work collaboratively across campus, and engage with the local, state, and broader community partners; develop, manage, promote, and make accessible the WLA’s collections in support of Loyola’s teaching, learning, research, and service missions; be responsible for all aspects of archival administration and oversee the activities, staff, and operations of the WLA. This position will be a member of the University Libraries Leadership and Planning Team, share responsibility for policy formulation, resource allocation, and organizational development; contribute to shaping strategic initiatives; and play a key role in establishing priorities, in alignment with the University’s strategic plan. Loyola encourages applications from underrepresented groups and from those with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. For additional information, please visit and

This position is a full-time, yearly appointment with non-tenured faculty status.

The Woman and Leadership Archives established in 1994, is located in Piper Hall at the Lakeshore Campus. It collects, preserves, and makes available permanently valuable records that document women’s lives, roles, and contributions. The WLA grew out of the need to care for the records of Mundelein College, which affiliated with Loyola in 1991, and expanded to collect papers of women leaders and women’s organizations. Collection strengths include the subject areas of activism and women’s issues; authors; education; environmental issues; public service; social justice; women religious; and women in the fine, performing, and visual arts. The WLA works in close collaboration with the Loyola University Chicago Archives and Special Collections Department.
Reporting primarily to the Dean of University Libraries and secondarily to the Director of the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, the WLA Director will
• Develop annual and long-range goals
• Plan and manage the WLA budget
• Hire, supervise, and mentor WLA staff (Assistant Archivist, Project Archivist, Graduate Assistants, Interns, and Volunteers) 
• Coordinate fulfillment of research requests by the WLA staff
• Carry out appraisal and acquisition of archival records 
• Develop policies for arrangement and description, preservation, and access of archival records 
• Work with Library Systems department and Digital Preservation Committee to implement archival technology and ensure stewardship of born-digital archival records
• Collaborate with partners regarding women’s history programming, tours, and exhibits
• Engage with faculty in support of classroom archival programs 
• Work with established and prospective donors; maintain donor-related administrative records 
• Oversee research for and installation of physical and web-based exhibits
• Work with the Gannon Center regarding Mundelein College-related activities and donor relationships
• Advocate for and promote the WLA to the campus community, as well as to external organizations and individuals to increase awareness 
• Serve on Libraries and campus committees 
• Actively contribute to the broader profession through scholarship and service

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