The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture seeks an innovative, strategic, visionary, seasoned, and collaborative leader for the position of Associate Director for Collections and Research Services. This position is a key member of the Center’s management team, overseeing the five public service divisions of the Schomburg Center: Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books; Photographs and Prints; Art and Artifacts; Moving Image and Recorded Sound; and the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division. As “chief curator,” the role reports to the Executive Director and heads collections processing, acquisitions, and curatorial processes, collaborates on the timely processing of materials, and strategizes about access, collection development, policy and the future direction of the Schomburg Center. Responsible for ensuring the safety of materials and the timely processing of an unparalleled array of papers, archives, and books, including recent acquisitions like the collections of James Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X.
Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials focused on African American, African, and African Diasporan experiences, featuring diverse programming and a collection of over 11 million items that illuminates the richness of global Black history and culture. A research library of The New York Public Library and seeded by the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg over 90 years ago, the Schomburg Center provides free access to materials documenting Black life locally, nationally, and internationally.
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Schomburg Center, this position functions as chief curator whose core responsibilities will be to: