Assistant Director of Research
Library, The Huntington Library (San Marino, CA 91108)
March 1, 2024
Starting Date: 
January 8, 2024
Post date: January 8, 2024

About the Role

Reporting to the Director of Research, the Assistant Director will serve as the programmatic assistant to the Director and the primary liaison between the Research Fellowship Program and the broader communities served by The Huntington.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have research experience in a field relevant to The Huntington’s collections.

  • Have broad familiarity with the humanities scholarly landscape beyond their own area of specialization.

  • Have experience organizing academic programs.

  • Show an ability to conceptualize and implement public programs across various platforms – both in person and digitally – that help interpret humanities research for a general audience and show its relevance in the wider world.


This is a new position with the opportunity to evolve specific areas of outreach and engagement.


Essential Duties

  • Organizing and managing the academic programs (conferences and lectures) sponsored by the Research Division each year, in conjunction with the Director

  • Fostering the visibility of the Fellowship Program through outreach to academic institutions and attendance at regional, national, and international conferences; identifying, creating, and publicizing opportunities for Fellows to present their scholarship in diverse public settings and formats

  • Working with the Fellows in consultation with Library, Art, and Botanical Curatorial staff to develop content across multiple platforms for The Huntington

  • Working with Huntington colleagues to develop special programs (workshops, symposia, summer institutes, etc.)

  • Liaising with the Education,  Communications, and Digital Divisions to connect the scholarly work that Fellows do in our collections to a broad audience of educators, students, members, and the local community.

  • Other duties as may apply.


Candidate Requirements and Experience

  • Ph.D. in a field relevant to The Huntington’s collections

  • Understanding of and prior experience in digital humanities, including the ways that scholars use digital resources, both for individual and collaborative research

  • Demonstrated experience in interpreting humanities research for the public through the design and implementation of special programming in a variety of formats

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team in a complex institutional environment

  • Bilingual competence in English and Spanish welcome


Working Conditions

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Indoor Office Setting

  • Moderate noise levels 

  • Prolonged stationary periods at a desk and working on a computer, keyboard, and mouse.

  • Must be able to move, access and navigate to each department at the organization's facilities.


Compensation & Benefits

We provide competitive compensation, generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees including:

  • Pay Range: $80-90k annually. Negotiable and commensurate on experience.

  • Medical, Dental, Vision

  • 403(b) retirement plan and matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match

  • Hybrid remote work schedule available for applicable positions

  • Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and holidays

  • Discounts for staff in The Huntington Store and restaurants

  • Free admission to various museums and cultural institutions

  • Free passes each month to welcome family and friends to visit the grounds


The Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and CV/resume as a single PDF attachment. 

You will have the opportunity to submit additional documents on the “My Experience” section of the application.

Application Instructions 

Please submit a cover letter and CV/resume as a single PDF attachment to

You will have the opportunity to submit additional documents on the “My Experience” section of the application.

Review Begins: 
January 8, 2024

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