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Manager, Contemporary Collections, Harvard Business School (Boston)

The Manager, Contemporary Collections coordinates all aspects of the collections process - the full cycle
of selection, discovery, access support, and impact/use analysis for content licensed or owned by the
Harvard Business School and Harvard University communities. Our information ecosystem is complex. It
encompasses resources that are available to all of Harvard University as well as content available only to
the HBS community. The ability to successfully negotiate content licenses and coordinate technical
implementation across organizations is imperative.

This role reports into the Director, Curriculum & Learning Services (CLS). The Manager, Contemporary
Collections will be a member of the CLS management team and will be responsible for actively
contributing to the strategic direction, decision making, and new product/service development across
CLS. CLS consists of five teams: Access Services, Strategic Research Services, Research & Development,
Customer Engagement and Contemporary Collections.

Working in a matrixed environment, this crucial role coordinates the work of a cross-departmental team
of librarians, information professionals, and technology support specialists. This role ensures that our
community has access to the information resources needed to support their research, teaching and
learning while also being a good steward of HBS’s human and financial resources.

Job-Specific Responsibilities:
• Articulates, implements and leads KLS Contemporary Collections strategy development in order
to maintain a preeminent and diverse collection to achieve HBS’ mission
• Responsible for the selection of material in all formats; makes decisions on retention and
preservation based on collection strategy, budget and use statistics.
• Develops and implements strategic alignment of Contemporary Collections with faculty data and
content acquisition services (e.g. research data management program and faculty subscription
• Accountable for a $2 million budget
• Coordinates authentication environment for KLS Contemporary Collections
• Ensures information resources are easily discoverable
• Provides reference and research support to better address customer needs
• As a manager, actively contributes to the decision making and strategic direction of the CLS
• Other relevant duties as assigned
• May have direct reports


Basic Qualifications :
• Bachelor’s degree
• Master’s degree in Library, Information Science or other related subject areas (ex: Business,
Management, or Economics) or 10 years related experience
• At least 4 years’ experience in an academic or corporate library in a collections or research role
• 2+ years of direct people management experience
• Direct responsibility for a complex budget
• Demonstrated success cultivating vendor relationships, negotiating contracts and managing a
collections budget
• Ability to build customer relationships, set priorities, meet multiple deadlines, and share
work/projects with a research team
Additional Qualifications and Skills :
• Knowledge of emerging trends in information access and authentication
• Able to produce high quality work under tight time constraints
• Experience managing an annual budget of at least $1 million
• Demonstrated ability to review and negotiate legal contracts
• Hands-on working knowledge of business information resources, such as Bloomberg, Refinitiv,
S&P Global Marketing, and/or WRDS
• Ability to collaborate and contribute to various group projects within the department, across
Knowledge & Library Services, and the Harvard Library.
• Work effectively within a matrixed environment
• Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills.
• Exhibit excellent critical thinking skills to solve problems and deliver the best customer
Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values. They are:
• Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
• Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community
• Accountability for personal behavior

Full/Part Time

Full Time




None given

Closing Date

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Additional Information:
This position is approved for a 2-year term (with the possibility of renewal/extension) which begins on
the person's first day of employment. This is not applicable to current Harvard University employees.
During the current period of COVID-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position
with the transition to onsite at HBS campus in Boston, MA when the office reopens.
While we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, we appreciate your
understanding and flexibility with our interview process. Please note that we will be conducting
interviews virtually (phone and or Zoom) for selected candidates until further notice.
A cover letter is required to be considered for this opportunity.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
Culture of Inclusion: The work and well-being of HBS are profoundly strengthened by the diversity of our
network and our differences in background, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and life
experiences. Explore more about HBS work culture at


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