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France Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Community Engagement Manager

 

France-Merrick Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library

The Maryland Historical Society has an immediate opening for a dynamic, imaginative Library Director to oversee the institution’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library which houses over 7 million documents and books dating from pre-colonization to the present day. In addition, the library collection includes a vast photography collection and a range of audio and digital collections. The Library Director will articulate a clear vision for this vital component of the institution, guide daily functions and shape the larger institutional role of the library.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced team player who has overseen diverse collections, created public programming to promote library holdings and who enjoys interfacing with the public, scholars, donors and the Board of Trustees. The Library Director will be a member of MdHS’s Senior Staff and will interact with all departments to create relevant innovative programming and exhibitions. They will be flexible, enthusiastic, and enjoy tackling a diverse range of responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have experience in building collections as well as deaccessioning collections to bring refinement and focus to the library’s holdings.

This position reports to the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and will oversee a department composed of 4 staff members.

Responsibilities:          

Leadership 

  • Builds and maintains relationships locally and nationally to further the institution's leadership role
  • With the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and the Registrar, formulates the Library’s acquisitions strategy and makes modifications when warranted
  • Works with internal and external stakeholders in proactively researching and recommending acquisitions in alignment with the collections policy
  • Coordinates and presides over, with the Chair of the Library Committee, quarterly Library Committee meetings. Recruits and recommends potential Library Committee members
  • Attends quarterly Board of Trustee meetings and reports on Library activities
  • Works closely with Information Technology Manager and other experts to strategically advance the Library through the ongoing adoption of current digital practices in providing open access, collaboration and preservation
  • Oversees security in the Library
  • Prioritize conservation needs in the library collections and coordinates conservation projects with the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and Registrar
  • With the assistance of the Registrar, oversee the conditions and organization of library storage areas
  • With the Director of Public Relations, guide the content of social media and blog posts that relate to the Library
  • Oversee the content of the Library blog
  • Work with the Education staff to develop digital and on-site programs that utilize library collections
  • Collaborates closely with the Advancement Department to steward gifts, including grants, made in support of the Library                  
  • Builds consensus and fosters synergies between Library and Museum staff in the development of programming and other institutional initiatives
  • Conducts and leads collection-related research and assessment as necessary in support of the resource allocation, prioritization and collection policy development
  • Cultivates Library’s relationship with the Lord Baltimore Fellows
  • Works with the Advancement team to foster relationships with other existing or potential Library donors in support of stewardship activities
  • Curates one to two small exhibitions a year in a dedicated library gallery
  • Publishes and presents at professional conferences

Management/Administration 

  • Hires, mentors, supervises and supports the development of all Library staff
  • Recommends new program initiatives to fulfill the Library’s goals and works with the staff responsible for seeing them through to completion
  • Develops and oversees the Library’s annual budget and serves as an active participant in institutional long-term financial planning
  • Oversees the development of policies and procedures for physical and electronic collection access, open access, preservation and conservation and oversees adherence
  • With the Vice President of Collections and Interpretation and the assistance of the Library staff and Registrar, provides strategic oversight for the development of future exhibitions and/or loan of Library materials
  • Works closely with the Marketing Department and Exhibitions Planning team to ensure the Library’s programs, services and exhibition are promoted as effectively as possible
  • Collaborates closely with the Advancement Department, including its Manager of Institutional Giving, to initiate, complete, submit, and provide respective required reporting for various grant funding applications
  • Manages major projects for the Library, such as space planning, acquisition of equipment, etc.
  • Develops strategies to increase the use and promote the relevance of the Library’s collections to various constituents
  • Attends cultivation events and other donor events which are typically in the evening and on weekends
  • Ensures that the Library maintains the highest level of legal, ethical and safety standards

Qualifications:   

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program. Graduate level coursework in American History is also desirable
  • Minimum of 5 to 7 years professional experience with increasing responsibility for managing a library or a special collections department
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning
  • Demonstrated digital literacy at the end-user, administrative and strategic perspective
  • Demonstrated experience in applying efficient processing techniques in accessing, appraising, arranging, describing, and preserving archival collections of varying size and complexity
  • Experience supervising staff, interns, and volunteers, including providing feedback and evaluating outcomes
  • Experience and sensitivity when working with culturally diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated experience applying archival standards and vocabularies, including EAD, DACS, and LCSH
  • Knowledge of XML and familiarity with EOS and PastPerfect collections management systems
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends regarding digital archives, digitization, and digital scholarship
  • Understanding and ability to stay abreast of privacy, confidentiality, copyright, and use policies associated with archives and special collection materials
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and time management skills
  • Evidence of professional engagement at local, state, or national levels.
  • Experience delivering engaging programming using library collections
  • Experience with library preservation/conservation techniques and digitization, digital preservation practices and standards
  • Familiarity with techniques used to organize and mount exhibitions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Knowledge of and interest in U.S. history; knowledge of Maryland history, a plus
  • Possess a passion for history, art, and education
  • Familiarity with Apple and PC
  • Strong technology skills, including knowledge of Prezi, video conferencing software, and Adobe Suite, a plus
  • Self-starter willing to learn new technology including social media, websites, graphic design, video editing, and more
  • Experience interfacing with the public
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to lift, shift, and shelve boxes weighing up to 25 lbs.


Position Details:
 

This is a full-time position based at the organization’s offices in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. Some evenings and weekends required Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes benefits. The Maryland Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to expand the diversity of its staff.  

To Apply: 

Please submit a resume, a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the job, 3 professional references and 2-3 writing samples to jobs@mdhs.org. Include in the subject line: Library Director Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.  

 

 

 


Community Engagement Manager   

 

The Maryland Historical Society has an immediate opening for a full-time Community Engagement Manager. This position will increase public familiarity with the society’s identity, mission, programs, and services; collaborate with senior staff to manage ongoing strategic institutional projects and initiatives; and develop and coordinate mission-based outreach programs, satellite exhibitions at partner institutions, and cultivation events throughout the state. We are committed to extending the reach of the Maryland Historical Society beyond its walls and into local communities to serve Marylanders statewide.   

The ideal candidate for this position is an innovative and dynamic individual who has experience planning a wide range of events and programs, organizing complex logistics, overseeing multiple projects, managing traveling and satellite exhibitions, and cultivating a wide range of community partners.  

 

Responsibilities

 

·       Work with the Vice President of Educational Initiatives to organize statewide mission-driven community outreach programs and events

·       Work with the Vice President of Advancement to coordinate cultivation events to strengthen relationships with current and potential stakeholders 

·       Work with the Vice President of Collections & Interpretation to manage and coordinate logistics for satellite exhibitions at partner institutions 

·       Coordinate staff presence at festivals, block parties, and community events both within Baltimore and statewide 

·       Create new and exciting partnerships for community programs and satellite exhibitions throughout the state 

·       Engage and foster relationships with new and diverse communities 

·       Develop messaging for marketing and promotion of outreach programs and events 

 

 

Qualifications 

·      B.A. in Museum Studies, Public History, Arts Administration, or related field 

·      2-3 years of experience in event planning and program development 

·      Excellent verbal and written communication skills and meticulous attention to detail  

·      Ability to work as part of a high-functioning, dynamic team as well as to work independently on short and long-term projects 

·      Ability to multitask and work on multiple projects at once  

·      Possess a passion for history, art, and culture  

·      Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, a plus  

·      Ability and willingness to travel across the state of Maryland  

·      Valid state driver’s license required 

 

 

Position Details

  • This is a full-time position. 35 hours/week, with occasional weekend and evening programs Full benefits package included. Evenings and weekends required, as needed. 

 

To Apply

  • Please email a cover letter and resume with three professional references and salary requirements to jobs@mdhs.org. Include in the subject line: Community Engagement Manager. Incomplete applications may not be considered. No phone calls, please.