Program Head, Aga Khan Documentation Center

Job Summary

The role of Program Head for AKDC is a critical leadership position responsible for stewarding and developing collections, services, and programs to support the information needs of the faculty, students and researchers of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) in MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. It also provides oversight of the Archnet in partnership with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and engages in other innovative collection development within the Department of Distinctive Collections in the MIT Libraries.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science or equivalent in education.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience required.
  • Educational background or equivalent work experience in architectural and art history in the Islamic cultures and developing world.
  • Demonstrated success with leadership and management of people and programs. Evidence of strong orientation toward collaboration, creativity, and collegiality, as well as consistent follow-through, efficient workflow planning, and responsible budgeting. Proven success in working in a highly collaborative environment and in establishing and nurturing effective partnerships.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more areas related to digital collections and digital materials stewardship in an academic or research environment, e.g. conceptualizing and administering technical projects, management of databases and web services, image management and presentation, digital humanities, and/or developing rich digital scholarly resources.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with and understand the information needs of faculty, students, and staff.
  • Commitment to on-going professional involvement and contributions, evidence of contemporary awareness of current trends, scholarship, and socio-political events that impact the work of the Program. Interest in and deep knowledge of the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation in Muslim societies.
  • Reading knowledge of at least one language relevant to the collection, e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, etc.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce offers.


  • Advanced degree in architectural and art history in Islamic cultures and developing world.
  • Experience working with an online professional/academic community.
  • Experience working with tangible and digital special collections and archives. Knowledge of best practices for security, storage, handling, description and service.
  • Reading and speaking knowledge of more than one language relevant to the collection, e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, etc.

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Applications must include cover letter and resume. Priority will be given to applications received by June 16, 2020; position open until filled. MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates. Professionals who enthusiastically embrace the empathy, courage, self- reflection and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions are encouraged to apply.


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