Manager of the Walter & Leonore Annenberg Research Center

Manager of the Walter & Leonore Annenberg Research Center

About the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Established in 1971, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is one of the two programs of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. The Museum is situated on a 15-acre campus on the banks of the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford in the greater Philadelphia region. The Museum’s flagship collections are those by artists who have lived and/or worked in the region since the nineteenth century, most notably three generations of the Wyeth family. Brandywine’s permanent collection includes paintings and works on paper from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Along with the Wyeth family, other notable artists represented include Martin Johnson Heade, Violet Oakley, Rose O’Neill, Horace Pippin, Howard Pyle, William Trost Richards, and Norman Rockwell.

Complementing the collection is a robust slate of temporary exhibitions ranging from one-person exhibitions devoted to artists such as Charles Burchfield, Horace Pippin and James Welling to group exhibitions such as Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City, America’s Impressionists: Echoes of a Revolution, and Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art—all accompanied by major publications that have significantly contributed to the study of American art.

About the Walter & Leonore Annenberg Research Center

The Walter & Leonore Annenberg Research Center houses a research library with publications covering all periods of American art, with a particular emphasis on the history of landscape and illustration. The library has strengths in references on American illustration and graphic arts from the nineteenth century through the present, in addition to studies on the history of publishing and private press, artists’ media and techniques, book making and design. The Research Center’s Special Collections preserves a variety of archival materials related to artists represented in the Museum's collection including rare and unique collections on N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Ann Wyeth McCoy. Other important collections are those on artists Henry Louis Stephens, Howard Pyle, Thornton Oakley, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Maxfield Parrish, Henry Pitz, John Sloan, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, and photographer Susan Grey. Special Collections also preserves nineteenth- through late twentieth-century illustrated books and periodicals that record artists published work and career history.

Position Summary

The Manager of the Walter & Leonore Annenberg Research Center will:

  • Provide a leading role in the strategic direction and administration of all activities relating to the management, care, growth, and use of the Research Center’s general reference library and Special Collections. 
  • Develop and implement collection management policies that will enable greater access to the Research Center’s holdings. 
  • Increase the visibility of the Research Center through collection accessibility, online projects on the Museum’s website, public programs, blog entries, social media posts and participation in professional associations and conferences. 
  • Manage many other responsibilities including acquiring research references for the library; prioritizing materials to be digitized and/or conserved; cultivating potential donors; handling loans and Rights and Reproductions requests; budget planning; contributing to Brandywine’s operational and strategic planning; and supervising students in the Research Center as part of the Museum’s internship program. 

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with the Director to devise a strategy for unlocking the research and programmatic potential of the Research Center by magnifying its impact in public and academic arenas, including participation in professional organizations, conferences, and symposia.
  • In partnership with Senior Manager of Information Technology, select an appropriate database system for the Research Center and oversee migration and clean-up of existing records, and ensure ongoing that additional data is processed and indexed.
  • Enhance and prioritize user experience at Research Center, incorporating technological advances.
  • Ensure the safety, security, and longevity of the Research Center’s holdings through the development and implementation of collections policies and prioritization of digitization projects.
  • Provide management and policy oversight of the Brandywine’s institutional archives, including retention and disposal of institutional electronic and hard-copy records according to federal guidelines.
  • Create and manage the annual budget of the Research Center.
  • In partnership with Education staff, devise, develop and deliver public programs that reveal the Research Center’s unique collections and build new, broad, and diverse audiences.
  • In partnership with Development staff, write grant proposals that fund any portion of the Research Center’s operating expenses, including strategic initiatives, conservation, and grant-funded staff positions.  
  • In partnership with Marketing staff, write relevant blogs and social media posts that bring attention to the Research Center’s holdings.
  • Represent and promote the Research Center at conferences and symposia as funding allows and establish a robust position within the national network of specialist libraries and archival collections.
  • Collaborate with professional peers in the Brandywine Valley and greater Philadelphia areas.
  • Advance a positive and open working culture within the Research Center.
  • Implement Brandywine’s institutional commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access to all areas of the Research Center.

Position Relationships

The Manager reports to the director of the Museum and collaborates with the curators, registrars, education, development and marketing staff. 

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science. 
  • 4-6 years progressive work experience in a research library or with special collections. 
  • Broad knowledge of library resources, including an understanding of and commitment to national policies and practices for cataloging both rare books and modern materials. 
  • Knowledge of the principles of best practices in archival and research collections stewardship and conservation. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with staff and professional colleagues.

Position details

  • Immediate opening
  • Full time (37.5 hours per week, Monday through Friday)
  • Salary range is $58,000 to $62,000
  • Paid time off
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement benefits or accounts
  • Professional development opportunities

Instructions to Applicants

Applications must include (PDF format only):

  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • Contact information for 3 professional references

Please sent all materials to [email protected]


We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.