Supervisory Librarian (Chief Librarian)

at National Gallery of Art (view profile)
Published October 27, 2023
Location Washington, D.C.
Category Public or Governmental  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Not Required
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 141022
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 212100
Hourly or Salary? Salary




The Senior Level Chief Librarian leads and manages the National Gallery’s Library Division (PL), exercising responsibility for establishing the goals for the library, its collection development and maintenance, user access, personnel management, policy administration, and overall operational effectiveness.  The Chief Librarian reports to the Executive Officer—Collections, Exhibitions, and Programs (XO-P).



As the Chief Librarian, you will be responsible for the following:

  1. Planning and Program Evaluation. Responsible for formulating and implementing the division’s short and long-range strategic plans. Consult with the Executive Officer--Collections, Exhibitions and Programs; collaborate with senior library managers and other staff to frame appropriate plans for library operations, and to ensure efficient and timely implementation of programs. Assure that ambitious goals and appropriate policies, guidelines, and procedures are set in place to accomplish program.
  2. Collection Development, Management, and Access. Responsible for directing the acquisition, cataloguing, organization, and preservation of the Library’s collections (including image collections) on the history of art and related fields and is responsible for articulating the Library’s acquisitions, cataloging, security, and preservation policies and practices in support of research on art history and related fields.
  3. Development Initiatives. In collaboration with the National Gallery’s development department, plan and manage the Library’s fundraising initiatives, including corporate, foundation, and individual prospect identification, cultivation, and solicitation. Seek grant funds for special projects as required.
  4. Technology Initiatives. Initiate and develop digital strategies to further the PL mission and to improve library services for the user community on site, nationally, and internationally.
  5. Financial Management. Make annual recommendations to the Executive Officer--Collections, Exhibitions and Programs and the Treasurer on the federal and private operating budgets for the division and on the allocation of space, time, staff, and equipment.
  6. Personnel Management. Ensure the proper management of the PL staff, which is comprised of thirty-nine employees, including three managers overseeing Administration and Technical Services, Reader Services, and Library Image Collections, respectively, and their staffs of librarians, cataloguers, technicians, museum specialists, information technology specialists, administrative and clerical assistants, student aides, and volunteers.
  7. Communications, Customer Service, Collegiality, and Public Contact. Represent the Library and its resources to a variety of constituencies, both internal and external.


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