The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library works to promote and support the study of the United States, Canada and the Caribbean in the UK.  The Centre was founded by David and Mary Eccles in 1991 and is based at the British Library which houses one of the world’s foremost collections of North American books, manuscripts, journals, newspapers, and sound recordings. The Centre promotes awareness and use of the Library’s collections, collaborates closely with members of the American, Canadian and Caribbean Studies communities in the UK and, through the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award and the Centre’s Fellowship programme, offers financial support for researchers. The Centre runs a lively and diverse programme of events including lectures, discussion panels, conferences, concerts and seminars aimed at academics, university students, school pupils and the general public.

The British Library is seeking to recruit a new Head of the Eccles Centre for American Studies following the retirement of the current Head, Professor Phil Davies. The Head is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Eccles Centre and for leadership of the programme of projects, events and activities through which it delivers its mission.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate, with the necessary knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to take the Eccles Centre forward. Relevant academic qualifications and knowledge of American Studies in the UK are essential, together with proven experience of strategic leadership, partnership building and management of people and financial resources. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong communication skills and innovative ideas for the future of the Centre.  They will have relevant employment experience in a comparable academic or cultural environment.

More information here.

Closing Date: 10 September 2017
Interview Date: 29 September 2017

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