Head of Collections-Archives of African American Music & Culture

The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC; https://aaamc.indiana.edu/) at Indiana University, Bloomington seeks an innovative and highly motivated professional for the position of Head of Collections. This full-time position will begin spring or summer 2023, depending on availability, and be appointed as an academic specialist. Established in 1991, the AAAMC is a repository of unique collections of primary and secondary source materials covering a wide range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions, primarily from the post-World War II era. Collections highlight popular, religious, and classical music, with genres including jazz, blues, spirituals, and gospel, as well as R&B and hip hop. The AAAMC also houses extensive materials related to the documentation of Black radio.

The Head of Collections reports to the AAAMC Director and works collaboratively with the Digital Collections Archivist/Project Manager to acquire and process new collections, promote, and expand awareness of existing collections, nurture relationships with current and potential donors, engage communities within and beyond the university, and maintain currency with emerging trends and best practices in the field. An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science or Archival Studies is required, as is experience with archival accessioning, appraisal, arrangement, description, and finding aid creation. Preference will be given to applicants with subject knowledge of African American music genres, and experience managing music-related materials. H1B sponsorship is not available for this position.

Applicants should apply online at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/14528, submitting a resume and a statement which articulates their experience with archival accessioning, appraisal, arrangement, description, and finding aid creation. The statement should also address the applicant’s knowledge of African American music; 2) knowledge of confidentiality, privacy, intellectual property, and copyright issues related to archives, special collections, audio, video, print, and digital technologies; 3) their commitment to advancing underrepresented communities in archives as well as 4) their commitment to advancing equity and diversity in outreach and instruction. Applicants should also provide contact information (name, title, phone number, and email address) for three references.

Indiana University is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. It is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will be evaluated based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

Review of applications will begin January 3, 2023; however, the search will remain open until the position is filled. Queries can be sent to Dr. Tyron Cooper, aaamc@indiana.edu.

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