W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research

W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens (“The Huntington”) invites nominations and applications for the position of W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research.

Located in San Marino, California and led by President Karen R. Lawrence, The Huntington shares its world-renowned collections to support scholarship, foster learning, inspire creativity, and offer transformative experiences for diverse audiences. Each year, The Huntington provides nearly 2,000 scholars with access to a world-class collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, paintings, prints, sculpture, and decorative arts. Additionally, The Huntington awards $2 million in fellowships to scholars for advanced humanities research, educates thousands of schoolchildren and their teachers, organizes special exhibitions, and hosts more than 800,000 visitors annually.

Overseeing a budget of approximately $4 million and five direct reports, the Director of Research is responsible for developing, planning, and implementing a comprehensive humanities research program, consisting of research fellowships, academic conferences, and public lectures. This role is the singular position at The Huntington dedicated to fostering advanced research in the humanities, cultivating a vibrant and diverse community of international scholars, and providing a stimulating environment for humanistic inquiry and dialogue. The Director of Research reports to the President and is a member of the President’s Senior Staff, which plays an essential role in leading The Huntington, including engaging with its Board of Trustees and Board of Governors. The ideal candidate will be someone with broad intellectual interests and a commitment to the unique possibilities for connecting people and ideas at a place like The Huntington. Additionally, the candidate will be an individual committed to increasing the diversity of The Huntington’s scholars and scholarly projects and magnifying the impact of its collections. They will demonstrate an ability to work directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, use a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible approach, and will be well-poised to play a significant role in envisioning the future of the humanities research programs and to translate its importance for a range of audiences, specialist to diverse publics. A doctoral degree in a humanities discipline and a minimum of three years of administrative or academic leadership are required. A significant publication record, prominence in a humanities discipline, and a demonstrated ability to work across traditional academic fields and translate humanities research beyond scholarly audiences are highly desired.

For consideration, please send all nominations and applications, which should consist of a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest, to:

Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director

Lareese Hall, Senior Associate

Anne Koellhoffer, Senior Associate


For more information, please visit The Huntington’s home page at huntington.org.

The Huntington believes that everyone is entitled to equal employment opportunity. It does not discriminate against qualified employees or applicants because of race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including gender identity, gender expression), transgender or transitioning status, religious creed (including all aspects of religious belief, observance, and practice, including religious dress and grooming practices), physical or mental disability, age, legally protected medical condition (including genetic characteristics, cancer, or a record or history of cancer), marital status, registered domestic partner status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, employees on public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law. Equal employment opportunity will be extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall, and termination. The Huntington also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that an individual is in any of these protected categories or is associated with a person who has been or is perceived as being in any of these protected categories.

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