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Published on August 26, 2014

Job Opportunity

Head, National Research Centre 
for Truth & Reconciliation Archives

The University of Manitoba Libraries seeks a dynamic, highly-motivated person for the position of Head, National Research Centre for Truth & Reconciliation Archives at an Assistant/Associate Librarian rank to begin January 1, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter. This position normally has a two year probationary period and the salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Priority will be given to Indigenous candidates.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

• A Master’s degree in archival studies or library and information studies with an archival studies concentration or equivalent; 
• Demonstrated experience and familiarity with Indigenous cultures, languages and histories;
• Demonstrated management and supervisory experience;
• At least 2 years’ experience managing or being responsible for a digital collection, archive or initiative;
• Superior oral and written communication skills;
• Direct experience with technology developed or adopted by archives or other cultural institutions for curating digital archival material;
• Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload in a timely and effective manner.

Candidates with the following qualifications will be preferred:
• Knowledge of metadata standards;
• Ability to speak French or an aboriginal language.

Reporting to the Head, University of Manitoba Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections/University Archivist, and working in direct and close collaboration with the NRC Director and the NRC Director of Research, the Head, NRC Archives will lead the Centre’s records preservation, maintenance and delivery activities. A more detailed position description is available at:

The University of Manitoba Libraries ( consists of 8 unit libraries and 11 satellite information centers located on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses and in Winnipeg Regional Health Authority hospitals across the City of Winnipeg. With collections of over 2.3 million volumes, an annual operating budget of over 25 million dollars and over 200 employees, the Libraries serves a community of approximately 38,000 students, faculty and citizen borrowers.

The National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is dedicated to preserving the memory and records of the Residential School system and legacy. This significant digital archive consists of close to 7000 oral history interviews, 4 million records in digital format, thousands of photographs and a significant number of works of art and other artifacts gifted to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Winnipeg ( is the vibrant, creative capital of Manitoba, right at the geographical centre of Canada and North America. A mid-sized city of 700,000 culturally diverse people, Winnipeg offers a community with a cosmopolitan, international flair as well as a warm, welcoming spirit. A variety of arts, culture, sports, recreation and entertainment is available to satisfy every taste; and within an easy drive of the city there are lakes, beaches and pristine wilderness areas. 

Librarians enjoy academic status and are appointed to one of four ranks: General, Assistant, Associate and Librarian, with possibility of promotion.

The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified applicants including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applicants should submit their application referring to Position 18797 including a curriculum vitae and the names and addresses (including e-mail address, phone, and fax numbers) of three references to the address below.

Ms Donna Breyfogle
Acting University Librarian
The University of Manitoba Libraries
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2

The deadline for receipt of applications is September 17, 2014. 

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provisions of “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act" (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

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