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Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library - University of Scranton

Location: USA - PA - Scranton

The University of Scranton is seeking candidates for the position of Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library. The Dean of the Library provides leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of library services to the University, contributing to the Library's campus-wide focus on transformative teaching and learning in the Ignation tradition. The Dean oversees the Weinberg Memorial Library (WML) and plays a creative role in fostering a climate conducive to supporting the teaching, learning, and scholarship of students, faculty, and staff. The Dean of the Library reports to the Provost and is a member of the Deans' Leadership Council, Provost's Advisory Council, Provost's Committee on Academic Policy and Compliance, Faculty Personnel Committee, and Faculty Handbook Committee. The Dean of the Library supervises all faculty and staff in the Weinberg Memorial Library.

Essential Duties:

  • Administers all units of the Weinberg Memorial Library
  • Serves as chief advocate and spokesperson for the academic support provided by the Library
  • Leads the design, implementation, marketing, and assessment of Library policies, services and programs
  • Collaborates and regularly consults with faculty and staff to develop library collections, programs, and services
  • Has primary responsibility for strategic planning, accreditation and program review, supervision of the Library Faculty and staff, and employee development
  • Manages the financial activities of the Library including the development and monitoring of the annual operating budgets and the strategic and effective allocation of resources
  • Distributes various Library development funds, grants, prizes, etc.
  • Makes appointment, reappointment, and rank and tenure recommendations on matters of faculty status for the Library Faculty
  • Holds primary responsibility for the development and improvement of the University-wide Information Literacy program; Supervises, in consultation with the appropriate chairperson(s), the progress of approved information literacy courses
  • Coordinates the Library’s information technology planning with the University’s Chief Information Officer
  • Coordinates timely Library communications with the University community
  • Leads fundraising for the Library, including supporting the Friends of the Library organization and serving as the Library’s liaison to University Advancement
  • Coordinates the annual Jay Nathan, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar Lecture Series with University Advancement, as well as any additional educational events sponsored by the Library
  • Serves on University committees and as an ex-officio member of the Library Advisory Committee. Receives advice and counsel as appropriate
  • Participates in professional organizations and networks with national groups and individuals in the fields of libraries and faculty and student enrichment; Represents the University at the annual AJCU Library Deans Conference


Additional Skills Required:

  • Must be able to respect, support and contribute to the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission
  • Must be ready to lead and support University diversity and inclusion efforts, ensuring that the Library is welcoming, respectful of freedom of expression and dedicated to social justice, equity, and a culture of belonging
  • Commitment to excellence in libraries and to excellence in academic support
  • Ability and experience in management, strategic planning, budgeting, and collaborative leadership to guide an accomplished faculty and staff
  • Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising
  • Excellent organization skills and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to think creatively and to demonstrate creative problem solving
  • A vision to identify and develop state-of-the-art information technologies and integrate these with traditional library collections and services and with academic support services
  • Knowledge of current issues in libraries, in teaching and learning, and in digital and special collections
  • Professional commitment to a user-focused service orientation
  • A record of scholarly or other appropriate professional activity
  • Ability to create a supportive and nurturing learning environment to ensure student success and retention
  • Commitment to shared governance, embracing and supporting faculty status for librarians


Minimum Education Requirements:

  • American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s degree and a second Master’s or Doctoral degree required


Minimum Job Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of eight years of progressively responsible and administrative/leadership experience in an academic library


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a collective bargaining/unionized faculty environment

Application instructions:

To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2075885
Posting Number: S0434P

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2021. Applications including a letter of interest and a full curriculum vita should be submitted electronically.

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