Hunter Collge

Title Associate Director & Chief Librarian and Archivist for the Library and Archives (Higher Education Officer)

Location/Department Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños

Position Detail

FLSA Status Exempt

Compensation $62,268 - $95,997

Web Site

Notice Number MP14351

Closing Date Open until filled with review of resumes to begin 11/30/07


The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños/Center for Puerto Rican Studies is a university-based research institute, housed at Hunter College, whose mission consists of two components. One is to collect, preserve and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. The other is to produce, facilitate, and disseminate interdisciplinary research about the diasporic experience of Puerto Ricans and to link this scholarly inquiry to social action and policy debates.

The Centro Library and Archives is responsible for comprehensively collecting, organizing, maintaining and making available primary and secondary sources on the Puerto Rican experience. The Library and Archives shares and supports Centro’s overall mission. The Library collects in all areas of Puerto Rican Studies and in all formats. It is particularly strong in the area of migration and the diasporic experience. The library also acquires materials related to other Latinos in the United States. The Archives’ strengths are principally in the area of social history, but holds important collections that highlight culture & the arts.

The Associate Director & Chief Librarian and Archivist for the Library and Archives has the responsibilities of:

1. S/he will assume shared responsibility with the Associate Director for Administration during the Centro Director’s absence.

2. In addition, s/he is a permanent member of the Centro Coordinating Committee (staff advisory group to the Centro Director)

3. Overall Management of the Centro Library and Archives

• Overseeing delivery of services by full and part time staff, student assistants and consultants
• Hiring, supervising and encouraging professional staff development
• Preparing budget requests, writing grants and identifying external resources to complement the Centro Library and Archives’ operational budget.
• Promoting library resource development (identifying resources, purchasing and requesting donations of books and reference materials)
• Developing Archives collections (identifying collections, pursuing donations and/or acquisition of collections), negotiating archival collections donations and pursuing relations with potential donors.
• Assessing staff, services, facilities, collection conditions, use of digital technologies and programs for the delivery of library and archives information services on short and long term basis
• Fundraising, lobbying potential donors and serving as the fiscal manager of grants and special allocations assigned to the Library and Archives
• Outreaching to patrons and developing public relations activities (e.g. Gallery events, lectures and panels) of the Library and Archives
• Leading the Centro Library and Archives in fostering relationships with Hunter Library, College administration and CUNY-wide programs
• Speaking on behalf of the Centro Library and Archives in public forums and presentations
• Providing leadership and advice to state and national leaders in the field of Puerto Rican/Latino Studies and library and archives research centers
• Working with diverse population composed of students, academics, community and donors, and assure accessibility of resources and services to all.


• BA and Eight years or more of relevant experience, including Library/Archives, required. MLS and/or MA from accredited school preferred; training in Library and/or Archives but with knowledge and interest in both areas.

• S/he must demonstrate a profound interdisciplinary understanding of the Puerto Rican experience; a broad knowledge of US based Puerto Rican community and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies.

• Excellent written and spoken communication skills.

• Fully conversant with library/archives technology.

• Fundraising and grant management experience preferred.

• Fully bilingual in Spanish and English.


 Applicants or nominees must submit a curriculum vitae esume of relevant experience and the names of three references. In addition, each applicant must send a letter setting forth his/her vision for the Centro Library and Archives' upcoming 3-5 year period and how s/he conceives and would carry out the position of/as Associate Director for the Library and Archives.


José de Jesús
Associate Director for Administration
Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños
Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Fax: (212)650-3673

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