Director of Library Services and Tribal Archives

  • Red Lake Nation College
  • Red Lake, MN, USA
  • Jul 18, 2019
Full time Education Management

Job Description

POSITION TITLE:  Director of Library Services and Tribal Archives– Full-Time

DEPARTMENT:  Academic Administration

REPORTS TO:   VP of Operations & Academic Affairs

SALARY: Negotiable

START DATE: Open Until Filled

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS:   The primary major responsibility of this position is to direct the activities and development of the community library collections and services in order to support the mission and educational goals of the Red Lake Nation College.  This will involve seeking book collections and grant funding to support the Community Library.

The secondary major responsibility of this position is to direct the activities, development and protection of the Tribal Archives collections of the Red Lake Nation Tribe.  The Tribal Archives aspect of this position may eventually become a separate position with additional and separate management, administration and fundraising duties.  

ACCOUNTABILITY:  This current position will report to the VP of Operations & Academic Affairs of the Red Lake Nation College and will also keep the College President closely informed of all Library and Archives operational affairs.   

Since the Tribal Archives are located in the Red Lake Nation College, this position will oversee the Tribal Archives until further notice.  Eventually, a new position may be developed for separate Library and Tribal Archives activities. Currently, the Tribal Archives aspect of this position will require that the College President and the Tribe be kept informed of all aspects of the Tribal Archives operations.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Essential responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Direct the activities and development of community library collections and services in order to support the mission and educational goals of the Red Lake Nation College.  This includes supporting faculty and providing information literacy training to students.
  2. This position involves heavy grant writing and seeking book collections and funding for community libraries.
  3. Direct the activities, development and protection of the Tribal Archives collections of the Red Lake Nation Tribe.  
  4. Work will include intense collaborating with colleagues, Tribal staff and faculty, Tribal officials and community members while promoting the library and college, and serving its learning community with collections and services.  
  5. Since part of the mission of the Tribal College is to promote and encourage Ojibwe language use, this will be a major operating goal of the community library.
  6. Serve on committees and assist the VP of Operations & Academic Affairs in collecting and organizing information as necessary for accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.
  7. Another key responsibility of this position is to serve the Red Lake Community with library services to children, students, community members and elders.  
  8. Writing grants and active fundraising to support all of the major responsibilities are also required.   These efforts will include working with current RLNC staff to coordinate all fundraising efforts.
  9. The Director of Tribal Archives & Community Library Services is generally responsible for providing library service and access, managing the overall operations of the library and archives, communicating and collaborating with colleagues to direct and develop library collections and services, and serving the college learning community and the greater Red Lake community.
  10. The Tribal Archives aspect of the position will involve working through the College President for all aspects of communication, management and administration of the Tribal Archives.  This will be to ensure close communication and cooperation with the Tribe and the Community. Like all Tribal College communication, all communication with the Tribe will first go through the College President. 
  11. Regular written monthly reports on Library and Archives operations will be provided to the College President.  Also, quarterly reports will be provided if requested by the President. 
  12. Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE/REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) or (MLIS) required.  Specialization in Tribal Archives strongly desired.
  2. Previous experience in library management preferred.
  3. Teaching experience preferred.
  4. Experience managing administrative projects and events.
  5. Knowledge of library technological systems and software. 
  6. Previous grant management experience preferred.
  7. Knowledge and understanding of Anishinaabe culture and history.
  8. Red Lake Tribal Member and Native Hiring Preference applies.

SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  1. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Outstanding public relations and human relations skills.
  3. Ability to assume a leadership role and to multi-task.
  4. Ability to remain calm and patient when under duress.
  5. Willingness to initiate and carry out complex tasks with or without supervision.
  6. Team player who can work with diverse populations and personalities.
  7. Excellent communication skills with supervisors and keep supervisors well informed of all sensitive Library and Archives issues.
  8. Understanding of and commitment to the Red Lake Nation College Mission and Vision statements.

SALARY:

Negotiable.  Depending upon qualifications.

EDUCATION:

Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) or a Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program required and a specialization in Tribal Archives knowledge and education are preferred.  

LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Valid Minnesota driver’s license within 30 days of hire, and current auto insurance.

APPLY:  Only electronic applications will be accepted.  Apply by sending resume, cover letter and unofficial graduate transcripts to Mandy Schram, VP of Operations & Academic Affairs, mandy.schram@rlnc.education.