DATE ENTERED: November 15, 2023
POSITION: Head of Archives and Special Collections
LOCATION: Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
APPLY BY: Review of applications will begin at 11:59PM ET on December 7, 2023.

Christopher Newport University has an exciting opportunity for a Head of Archives and Special Collections to join the Trible Library staff!

The Trible Library is the intellectual center of Christopher Newport University. We help students develop research skills and support the scholarly and personal growth essential to the study of the liberal arts and sciences. We combine the best of a traditional library with modern technology to create an interactive learning experience for the 21st century.

We are a founding member of the Virtual Library of Virginia and offer students access to collections on the level of a major research university. Local university collections are also available through the Virginia Tidewater Consortium.

Chief Objective of Position:

Supervise the and develop the University Archives and Special Collections

Work Tasks       

  • Supervise and develop the University Archives and Special Collections
  • Responsible for the maintaining and administering the university archival collections
  • Appraise, arrange, describe, and preserve archival materials, including physical and electronic items
  • Develop and implement a plan for the systematic digitization of archival materials
  • Administer and develop the library’s SAIL and CHRIS websites
  • Develop outreach programs for the university community and the public
  • Promote the archival collections through displays, exhibits, lectures, and workshop
  • Collaborate with the university community on special archival projects
  • Hire and supervise student workers as necessary
  • Promote Scholarly Communications projects
  • Understand and follow the trends related to scholarly communication and publishing
  • Work with faculty in understanding the new models of publishing
  • Develop and supervise University Oral History Project
  • Serve as the library’s copyright consultant
  • Serve as a liaison to one or more academic department
  • Participate in library instruction program
  • Manage records management work for the university
  • This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
    • Demonstrates a positive and professional attitude. Practices inclusive leadership and treats everyone with dignity and respect. Values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees as well as fully supports the “Students First” value at Christopher Newport.
    • Follow workplace safety regulations and adhere to applicable standards, processes, and programs established for your position.
    • Report unsafe work conditions to your supervisor.
    • Immediately report work-related incidents to your supervisor and participate in accident investigations requests.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) related to position            

  • Analytical and decision-making skills
  • Knowledge of trends in scholarly publishing and communication
  • Knowledge of current copyright law
  • Proficiency with technology and software used in archival work
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral formats.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to a diverse community.
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to answer reference questions and instruct students in the use of the library.

Required Education      

A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.

Additional Consideration - Education    

Additional master’s degree.

Experience Required    

  • Professional experience in academic library public service, including supervisory experience.
  • Experience in reference, bibliographic instruction.

Additional Consideration - Experience  

Experience with assessment of services and activities.

CNU Information           

S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 388​ Best Colleges: 2023 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 4,500 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide​ as 2nd among public regional universities in the South and 5th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

Application Instructions            

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.

Review of applications will begin at 11:59PM ET on December 7, 2023.

Applications received after 11:59PM ET on December 7, 2023, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.