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Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:

Master of Library Science degree and/or graduate degree in art history or related field with specialization in the history of North American photography with a firm grounding in a broader knowledge of the medium, and three to five years of experience in a relevant library or research setting, demonstrating a high level of expertise and active engagement in their area of specialization at a national level or a combination of education and relevant experience is required. At least three to five years of experience acquiring significant collections, archives, works of art is required. Demonstrated success in negotiating complex acquisition agreements and purchases is highly desirable


  • Extensive knowledge of the photographic medium, including materials, methods and techniques through hands-on study and interpretation of original materials.
  • Knowledge of the various approaches to metadata creation and use in discovery and collection audits of large photographic collections.
  • Commitment to and success in supporting academic programs of research, teaching, and public exhibitions involving photographs.
  • Experience and success in donor relations and in working with development officers.
  • Experience preferred in curating exhibitions of photographs and photographic materials.
  • Record of publications and/or academic coursework that demonstrates significant knowledge of the history of photography, photograph collections, the history of collecting photographs, and the current state of scholarly communications about photography and the history of photography.
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills. Excellent professional demeanor. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse people, collaboratively, proactively and constructively. Ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Willingness to conduct Stanford Libraries business through some travel.
  • Demonstrated competence in digital tools and applications as well as capacity to learn new ones and contribute to the development of new or existing ones.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and problem solve. 
  • Experience managing multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation issues pertaining to photographic collections
  • Broad knowledge of library and museum practices, issues, and standards.
  • Experience in hiring, training, supervising and mentoring staff

For consideration at the Librarian 3 level:

An incumbent is expected for formulate policies and propose plans for programs or operations of a library unit and will be assigned responsibility for an advanced bibliographic function, managing a library unit or program, and planning and executing the integration of library programs and personnel.  There will also be the expectation of evidence of professional contributions and achievement beyond the library. Evidence of expert specialized knowledge and expert managerial/supervisory skills are expected.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Recognition of professional accomplishment is expected at this rank.
  • Ability to articulate the role of the Library within the University and with other cultural heritage organizations. Ability to act as liaison between the Library and University and external partners.
  • Ability to apply expert knowledge and substantial experience to selecting, acquiring, preserving, and/or providing access to scholarly resources.
  • Exercise a high level of initiative, sound judgment and leadership.
  • Evidence of specialized knowledge and managerial/supervisory skills is expected.
  • Experience with identifying, evaluating, recommending, and implementing new service programs, technology, and complex workflows.
  • Demonstrated success in working across organizational lines to develop initiative proposals of some complexity; formulate plans for implementation, working to win support and funding, and moving their ideas to implementation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in independently performing complex job functions such as collection management reviews and preparation of major exhibits.
  • Evidence of leadership in relevant professional or academic communities and/or national or international recognition of their expertise.
  • Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
  • Knowledge of various approaches to physically processing, caring, and long-term preservation of photographic materials.


  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings, and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.



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