Job posting: Library of Congress, Chief of the African & Middle Eastern Division

Posting:  Administrative Librarian (Chief, African & Middle Eastern Division)

 Please note that the application window is short (due April 18, 2019). Also note that this is an executive-level job and as such the ideal candidate should have experience managing a center, school or large department.

Africanists should still apply because the languages listed as the most critical competencies for the job only apply to 1/3 of the countries and regions covered by the African & Middle Eastern Division.


Knowledge of the countries, languages, and regions of Africa or the Middle East; preferably Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Turkish**:  The successful candidate has professional knowledge of the countries, languages and regions of Africa or the Middle East in order to command credibility in the research and information communities, to recognize trends in research, and identify collaborative opportunities with persons from the region.“

From the Director of General and International Collections at LC:

‘This is a rare and potentially career-changing opportunity to become a senior-level executive, program ambassador, and collections expert at the Library of Congress. The Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division is the principal expert at the Library in matters dealing with the 77 countries and regions from Sub-Saharan Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The position provides oversight and guidance for: acquisitions and collections development; reference and bibliographic services; cataloging and digitization; fellowships; projects, special events, and publications; and collaborations with other institutions and scholarly and professional associations in the US and abroad. We encourage applicants with library, scholarly, academic, and/or information science backgrounds, possessing regional expertise in Africa and/or the Middle East, and linguistic expertise in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, and/or other area languages, to apply for this exciting opportunity to establish this program as an international center of excellence, and to implement the Library’s strategy to expand our reach and deepen our impact, thus fulfilling our mission to engage, inspire, and inform.’

Open & closing dates       03/18/2019 to 04/18/2019  ;     Salary     $126,148 to $189,600 per year

Clarification from the agency

Anyone may apply – By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

Author: Leslie L Morgan

Leslie serves as the Africana Studies and Education Librarian within the Hesburgh Libraries.