Director of the Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University

Librarian, Department Head
Haas Family Arts Library
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian, Department Head (00)
Requisition: 28735BR

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Arts and Humanities, the Director of the Haas Family Arts Library provides leadership and is responsible for the overall administration, organization, and development of Yale’s Arts Library, its constituent units, and off-site collections. The Director manages all aspects of library service, collection development, collection management, budget administration (including endowments and grants), human resources management, and facilities planning for both general and special collections and acts as the Library’s chief art and architecture subject specialist. The Director also actively collaborates with library directors from other Yale units to develop and maintain arts-related collections and services, and serves as the Arts Library’s representative to the Council of Research Services and Collections.

Directs and advises a staff of 13, including four librarians, nine support staff, and a number of student assistants. The Director advises and works closely with the Chairs of the Departments of the History of Art, the Deans of the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama on library matters and is responsible for building strong partnerships with faculty and students, curators, librarians, the heads of other University Library departments, and prospective donors. The Director will evaluate the services, policies, collections, electronic resources, and facilities of the Arts Library and will establish and implement plans for its continued development and improvement while coordinating these programs and collections with those of other libraries on campus. Participates in various committee assignments and is expected to demonstrate professional leadership and commitment in appropriate regional, national and international professional organizations. The Director will possess passionate commitment both to collection building and to active, innovative public service programs in support of teaching and research in the visual and dramatic arts.

Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree. In selected instances, a post graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline may be substituted for a master’s degree in library science.
  • Minimum of 8 years of related professional experience required.
  • Strong background in visual arts and/or related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated creativity, flexibility and positive attitude toward continuous professional growth.
  • Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence.

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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

Knowledge and experience with digital collections and tools for research and teaching are highly desirable. Knowledge in and experience with arts special collections is also highly desirable. Preference given to candidates with visual arts or related graduate degrees.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale consists of collections from three formerly-separate operating units: Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama. Now located under one roof, these libraries support arts-area programming at Yale, including the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama, and the department of the History of Art, as well as the teaching and research needs of the Yale community beyond the visual arts. In addition, the Arts Library houses several prominent archival and special collections in Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama, ranging from type specimens and woodblocks to theatrical archives to one of the world’s foremost collection of books on color.

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at The STARS req. ID for this position is 28735BR. Please be sure to reference 28735BR in your cover letter.


Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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