Curator and Head of Special Collections & Gallery-University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Position: Curator and Head of Special Collections & Gallery
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The candidate will:

  • provide ongoing day-to-day and long-term direction, supervision, and guidance to department staff in their operations, policies, and procedures;
  • foster cross-departmental collaboration and relations with campus and community stakeholders to extend the reach and impact of UMBC’s collections;
  • articulate a vision for services in the Special Collections and Gallery that bolsters the Library’s Strategic Plan and incorporates dynamic activities in the areas of discovery, teaching, preservation, digital preservation and presentation, and outreach to new and existing audiences;
  • work independently and collaboratively with staff to develop and implement in-house and traveling exhibitions, publications, lectures, gallery talks, exhibition labels, web-based media, and other forms of communication.

As the primary contact for all collection donors, the Head and Curator will be thoughtful and strategic in building relationships with collection donors and accepting materials into the collections. The individual will serve as a key external liaison and spokesperson for collection, exhibition, publication, and program matters, and assumes an active role in raising funds for department purposes.


  • ALA accredited MLS for which may be substituted an M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. in a discipline relevant to collections as well as a specialty in history, aesthetics, and collecting of photography.
  • 6 years professional experience in a library or museum special collections department or archival repository.
  • 3 years of relevant, progressively responsible supervisory and management or other relevant supervisory experience; experience with working collegially across departmental boundaries preferred.
  • Experience teaching or writing in an educational or professional context required; teaching or writing on the history, aesthetics, and collecting of photography in an educational or professional context preferred. Familiarity with the publishing process for developing exhibition catalogs preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of existing and developing standards for collection, description, preservation and access for photography, book, and archival collections in an academic library environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and methods for donor relations, fund-raising, and grant-writing. Experience managing all aspects of collection development, acquisitions, and donations.
  • Ability to think critically and analytically; to study problems and develop well-reasoned and supported analysis and solutions; excellent written and verbal communications skills are required.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills, showing clear communication, leadership and team building. Must be able to adapt quickly to changing priorities and have the ability to collaborate with a diverse community of faculty, staff, students and administrators.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook –