Director of Development and Research (Library, Archives, and Gallery)

Director of Development and Research (Library, Archives, and Gallery)

Position Type: Full-Time (one-year contract, with possibility for renewal, subject to funding).

Employer: Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (Teaching Lodge)

Reports to: President and Academic Dean

Direct Reports: Library, Archives, and Gallery staff and student assistants

Position Summary

The Director is responsible for the operations of the of the library, archives, and gallery in the new Anishinabek Discovery Centre. The Director of Development and Research is responsible for establishing, growing, and making accessible Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig’s research collections, which comprise Indigenous created archives, records, and oral histories in all formats and private archives from researchers of Indigenous issues, with thematic emphases on leadership, governance, community development, education, and resource management. The Director works with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig’s staff and faculty to integrate the use of the research collections into the institution’s academic curricula.

Areas of Responsibility & Duties:

  • Sets the strategic vision and objectives for Development and Research in alignment with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig’s vision and objectives.
  • Develops and presents annual goals and budget to the senior leadership and board for approval.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with Indigenous communities and stakeholders to define collecting scopes, communicate strategies, and promote use.
  • Negotiates and maintains service agreements, contracts and MOUs with consultants and vendors as appropriate.
  • Stays abreast of current trends, industry best practices and develops professional networks to improve department capabilities and outcomes.
  • Leads the Development and Research team to accomplish all archival, library, and gallery activities, and serves as the ultimate decision-maker for human resources issues, content selection, risk-management, request prioritization, and other points of escalation.
  • Establishes and maintains policies, procedures, best practices, documentation, and operational guidelines for the library, archives, and gallery.
  • Makes resources accessible by establishing physical and intellectual control of library, archives, and gallery holdings through appraisal, arrangement, description, and the creation of finding aids.
  • Digitizes and describes archives in all formats to support public access for ongoing research projects, displays, exhibits, etc.
  • Ensures on-site archival physical storage and workroom facilities are maintained as appropriate for long-term materials preservation and use.
  • Oversees the technology strategy and implementation of archives systems and preservation strategies.
  • Establishes and maintains educational programming best practices and to the development of new curriculum-based, education activities.
  • Provides reference work, tours, orientation, and information literacy training for using archives and special collections.
  • Collaborates with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and Algoma University to increase faculty awareness and use of the library, archives, and gallery holdings in academic programs and research.
  • Works with users to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with a concentration in archival studies; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Master’s degree in Museum Studies; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five-year’s experience working in an archival, library, or museum environment, ideally in an academic archives, library or professional museum setting preferred; but strong, relevant experience of less than five years will be considered.
  • Demonstrated success building high-performing teams by effectively leading and providing work direction, and associates development through coaching and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing archival, library, or museum programs focused on both analog and digital item-level assets.
  • Demonstrated success leading the successful implementation of archival, information, or museological technology systems.