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The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library, archive, and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists and deepen our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts.

Employees help visitors experience collections through study in the reading room, tours through our exhibition galleries, and through engaging programs, including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings. Our work provides time and space for meaningful reflection and the sharing of ideas that open our minds and deepen our connectedness.

The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we strive to promote diversity in our collections and services. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who demonstrate a commitment to inclusion. Learn more about our institutional mission and values.

Find out more about working for The University of Texas at Austin. Questions about any open positions may be directed to Leah Bush, Human Resources Coordinator, at

Open Positions

  • 19th-Century Photography Cataloger

    For a period of three years with the possibility of renewal, the 19th-Century Photography Cataloger will report to the Head of Description and Access for Visual Materials and identify, document, describe, and preserve materials from the Center's Photography Collection. These materials are primarily individual photographs created using different early photographic and photomechanical processes and appear in a variety of formats, but also included are small suites of works, photograph albums, and photographically-illustrated books.

    The 19th-Century Photography Cataloger will create original, consistent, and accurate item-level catalog records in the Center's collection management system in accordance with internal procedures and current standards of archival and museum theory and practice.

    The 19th-Century Photography Cataloger will provide routine housing for Photography Collection materials, working with guidance from the Center's Preservation & Conservation staff, to ensure the long-term preservation and security of the materials.

    The 19th-Century Photography Cataloger will engage in related Library Division functions as assigned.

  • Associate Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs

    The Associate Director for Exhibitions and Public Programs provides strategic vision for the Ransom Center's community engagement initiatives. The Associate Director leads and directs the Education & Exhibitions Division with responsibility for developing and managing exhibitions, the visitor experience, and public programs that promote discovery and learning. The Associate Director oversees an active program of external loans and collaborates with the Director, the Center's senior leadership team, in-house and guest curators, communications and marketing, contract service providers, and community partners on the development of exhibitions and public programs that promote greater understanding of, and engagement with, the Center's world-renowned collections.

  • Development Specialist

    Provide administrative and project support to the Harry Ransom Center's Development Department and work in partnership with the Chief Development Officer and staff to build long-term relationships with donors and increase support from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

  • Education and Outreach Coordinator

    The Harry Ransom Center is taking applications for a 10-hour Education and Outreach Coordinator position for the 23-24 academic year. The person in this 10-hour position will work closely with the Head of Research Services and the Instructional Services Coordinator for a 9-month project to create an online teaching resource and lesson plan from the Lewis Allen Papers related to The Queen and materials in the Digital Transgender Archive as part of a grant-funded project. The Educational and Outreach Coordinator will develop a series of lesson plans to be cohosted on the Ransom Center's "Educational Resources" page and the Digital Transgender Archive's "Learn" page. This position provides hands-on experience in the nature and operations of a major humanities research center.

  • Visitor Services Assistant I

    Serve as front desk staff, which includes welcoming visitors, accepting donations, selling memberships, publications and merchandise in the Ransom Center shop, and provide exceptional customer service to Harry Ransom Center visitors while enforcing policies and procedures. Provide administrative support for the shop and volunteer events.

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Leah Bush
Human Resources Coordinator