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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

  • 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.

  • Director of Development

    In collaboration with the Ransom Center Director, directs a comprehensive development program to advance the Ransom Center's strategic initiatives and meet or exceed its $70M comprehensive campaign goal. The Director of Development has the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team of a dynamic and intellectually vibrant institution, working collaboratively to advance and secure crucial support for the Ransom Center's mission and strategic priorities. This position is housed within the Harry Ransom Center and reports to Director Stephen Enniss, but is also part of the Texas Development community at The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Photography Cataloger

    Identifies, documents, and describes, through object examination and research, Photography Collection materials, and creates consistent and accurate item-level catalog records in the Center's collection management system according to national and local standards.

    Updates legacy item-level records to bring the level of cataloging up to current standards. May assist with digitizing collection materials and/or creating metadata for digitized images.

    Consults with: Curator of Photography regarding art historical information relevant to the photographs; Conservation staff to ensure accurate identification of photographic processes; and Preservation staff on proper housing of materials. Performs minor or routine preservation housing tasks.

    May supervise student workers, paraprofessional staff, or volunteers, including providing instruction for and evaluation of activities.

    Engage in related Library Division functions as assigned that may include serving on internal committees, and engaging in campus, regional, and national scholarly and professional organizations and activities.

  • Public Services Coordinator

    Reporting to the Public Services Librarian, participates in developing and providing user-focused library services that support teaching, research, and student success. Acts as a primary contact in assisting patrons with registration, orientation, general reference, and classroom use. Manages reception desk operations of a special collections reading room, coordinates service point staffing, trains across and supports service points in circulation, reference, and reception. Maintains and revises training materials for service points and creates initial drafts of service point and Saturday Staff Calendars. Supervises the Student Assistants on the Public Services team.

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Leah Bush
Human Resources Coordinator