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Curator of Manuscript Collections, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Position Number: 003219

Functional Title: Curator of Manuscript Collections

Position Type: Tenure Stream 


University Information

UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master's and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

A wide range of student and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the UNC Greensboro University Libraries' integral role in the community. As an essential component of education and research at UNC Greensboro, University Libraries offer access to more than four million print and digital items along with innovative programs, support services and expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. For additional information, please visit


Position Summary

The University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro seeks a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative professional for the position of Manuscript Archivist. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and working with the department's staff, the Manuscript Archivist will develop new collecting areas and initiatives, strengthen existing collections, and provide information and research expertise to faculty, students, and visiting researchers. Specifically, the Manuscript Archivist will lead in efforts to grow and promote manuscript collections for SCUA.

The Manuscript Archivist will work with a highly collaborative team of five librarians and seven paraprofessionals who have built a successful program of collecting, outreach, and instruction. This individual will contribute to the development of projects, programs, and relationships that will promote the collections and services of the Special Collections and University Archives department as well as the University Libraries. It is a twelve-month tenure track faculty position. Demonstrated professional achievement, service, and scholarly activity are required for reappointment and tenure.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversees the appraisal and acquisition of materials and creates accession records for the department's manuscript holdings in ArchivesSpace.
  • Administers the arrangement and description of the department's manuscript collections and the creation of finding aids in ArchivesSpace.
  • Manages manuscript collections (analog and digital) to ensure long-term accessibility and preservation for research, instruction, and outreach initiatives.
  • Promotes the use of manuscript holdings in teaching through participation in the department's program of instructional sessions and workshops.
  • Engages with university faculty to discover, develop, and highlight manuscript collections in support of ongoing research, teaching, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an ALA-Accredited program in library and information science.
  • Minimum of two years of experience implementing best practices and standards in archival arrangement and description.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in the appraisal, acquisition, description, preservation, and delivery of manuscript materials.
  • Experience with archival content management systems, such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists' Toolkit, or Archon.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to speak to a wide range of audiences, such as faculty, students, donors, development staff, alumni, and the general public.
  • Ability to effectively perform in a collaborative setting utilizing strong organizational and project management skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the best practices of collection development.
  • Ability to teach instructional sessions that focus on research methods and primary source literacy.
  • Experience in grant writing and donor development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work with a wide range of collections materials; these include: paper, photographs, audio recordings, artifacts, and born-digital records.
  • Experience in supervising staff, student workers, or volunteers.


Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure track position. The salary for the position is competitive and is contingent upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate. Standard benefits include state or optional (including TIAA-CREF) retirement plans, state health plan and 24 vacation days per year.

Application Procedures:

To view the full description and apply, please follow this link.

Upload an application letter addressing qualifications, along with a current curriculum vita and the names of three recent professional references.

Preference will be given to applications received by January 28, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. The start date is negotiable.

UNCG has a strong commitment to serve its highly diverse community. As such, UNCG welcomes applications from women, underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group members, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who would enrich the University's mission.  UNCG is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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