The College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is seeking an Executive Director to provide innovative and visionary leadership for this premier cultural institution. A historic site in Charleston, the Avery Research Center is home to archival collections of 4000 linear feet, research facilities, museum exhibitions, and a robust outreach program that tells the rich stories of the lives and contributions of Africans and African Americans in South Carolina with special emphasis on the Lowcountry. The Executive Director promotes and advances the archives, museum, and public programs, including lectures, symposia, and workshops, as well as digital collections and online outreach. The incoming Executive Director will embrace the Avery Research Center’s responsibility to document African diaspora history in the region and to foster an understanding of the connection between historical inequity and contemporary challenges to African-descended communities in the Lowcountry. As the principal curator for the Avery Research Center’s holdings, the Executive Director will work to ensure the archives serve as a public good, documenting issues related to justice, inclusion, and the ongoing struggle for equality.
The Executive Director is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Avery Research Center, including supervising staff and faculty, fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and executing outreach, exhibitions, and public programs. The Executive Director manages the Avery Research Center’s annual budget and several endowment accounts. In addition to working with the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library Board and staff, the Executive Director works closely with the Avery Institute for Afro-American History and Culture Board of Directors, who spearheads a nonprofit organization to support the Avery Research Center’s programming, operations, and archival collections acquirement.
The incoming Executive Director at the Avery Research Center will enter with tenure at the College of Charleston and hold a courtesy appointment in the relevant academic department with teaching opportunities therein. The Executive Director will also hold the rank of Associate Dean in the College libraries. Additionally, the Executive Director will serve as the co-principal investigator for the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, a collaborative effort led by the Avery Research Center, the Addlestone Library, the African American Studies Program, the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative, and multiple community partners to promote public awareness and dialogue about race and social justice issues in the Charleston area, the state of South Carolina, and beyond.
The incoming Executive Director will lead the public reopening of the Avery Research Center building after a multiyear renovation project. The incoming Executive Director will also lead two searches for an Associate Director and a staff position. In total, the Avery Research Center employs six full-time faculty and staff employees plus the Executive Director. The Executive Director will report directly to the Dean of Libraries.
The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in Charleston, South Carolina’s, historic downtown district. With nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the College of Charleston offers a variety of majors, minors, and programs that directly relate to the Avery Research Center’s mission to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond. Some examples of departments and programs include African American Studies, African Studies, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, Arts Management, and the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program. Additionally, within the College of Charleston Libraries, there is Special Collections, the Lowcountry Digital Library, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative.
This is a twelve-month appointment.
The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.
The incoming Executive Director must be in possession of a doctorate in an appropriate discipline. In addition, the successful candidate must have earned tenure or meet the requirements thereof for the College of Charleston Libraries. The successful candidate must also demonstrate archival and/or museum experience and fundraising capabilities.
Additional Salary Information: The incoming Executive Director will have a highly competitive salary. Benefits include retirement (401a) plans, deferred compensation plans (401k, 457, and Roth 401k), health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, dependent life insurance, long-term disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. The College of Charleston also offers 15 days per year of vacation leave and 9.38 hours of sick leave per month, and 13 paid holidays per year. Information on all of the benefits offered by the College of Charleston can be found at http://hr.cofc.edu/benefits/index.php.
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About The College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
The mission of the Avery Research Center is to collect, preserve, and promote the unique history and culture of the African diaspora, with an emphasis on Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and beyond. Avery’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora.