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ARL Seeks Senior Director of Communications

21 Dupont Circle
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As of July 17, 2019, the application period for this position is closed due to a high number of qualified candidates. Thank you for your interest.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has a new opportunity for an experienced communications professional passionate about leading the narrative strategy on the impact of research libraries in research and learning, and society more broadly.

ARL is an institutional membership organization of 124 libraries and archives in major public and private universities, federal government agencies, and large public institutions in Canada and the United States. We advocate on research libraries’ behalf, advance the research and learning mission with our research and higher education partners, share intelligence on current issues, and develop the next generation of diverse library leaders. The Association and its members actively engage nationally and internationally to advance an equitable and enduring research information environment.

Research libraries are evolving quickly in the context of dramatic digital adoption in research and learning, constant flux in higher education, and policy developments in Canada, the United States, and beyond. As an association of leaders, ARL adopted the 2019-2021 Action Plan outlining its priorities for the next three years, and the contributions it intends to make as a collaborative partner in a complex ecosystem. This position will take the lead in our strategic communications and media and public affairs outreach.

The qualified applicant will have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or a directly related field from an accredited college or university, and a minimum of seven years of communications experience with at least three years of leadership experience developing and executing successful, comprehensive communications and outreach strategies.

For more details about the position and qualifications, see the full position announcement.

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; for best consideration, apply by August 16, 2019. Qualified applicants should submit a letter outlining interest and relevant experience, including a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a résumé; and a list of three references using this application form.

ARL is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the professional workplace. We are firmly committed to providing opportunities for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity, gender, creed, and background. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in an environment that embraces diversity and inclusivity.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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