Director, Libraries

Requisition ID:

Job Title: Director, Libraries

Department: Library

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Administrator/Executive/Manager

Employment Status: Board Approved

Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation Type: Annual

Compensation: $83,000.00 - $87,000.00

Schedule: Mon - Fri; Hours may vary

Job Description:

The College

Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation’s education and workforce landscapes.

With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at several regional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is the nation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from an engaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision.

We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be a central part of a community that embraces differences and celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.

The City

Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, both professionally and personally.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description.

Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this position description.

Position Summary

The Library Director is responsible for the efficient management and direction of the library, including operations, budget, supervision and direction of library staff, compliance with federal, state, and institutional requirements, and the effective coordination of services with the rest of the college community.

Core Competencies Required

Professionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement, Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Leadership, Managing People, Operational Decision Making, Building Organizational Talent, Business Acumen, Delegation and Empowerment, Strategic Planning, Creating a Culture of Trust and Emotional Intelligence Essentials


Operational Leadership

Supervises assigned area of responsibility and staff by recruiting and hiring, assigning and delegating tasks, providing direction, resolving work problems, communicating job expectations, training employees, and developing professional growth opportunities. Coordinates activities and arranges for appropriate training and technical support.

Conducts annual employee evaluations, provides ongoing feedback and coaching, and effectively recommends pay increases, promotions and other personnel actions. Approves leaves and authorizes overtime as appropriate.

Administers disciplinary actions upon approval and in collaboration with Human Resources. Interprets, explains, carries out and enforces the College's policies. Conducts pre/post event meetings with staff and other assigned groups. Provides communication to staff regarding actions and decisions of board of trustees and administration.


Provides that instruction in information literacy is available to students, faculty, and staff in formats suitable to class, group, operational, or individual needs.

Ensures reference services are available and circulation activities and other library functions are effectively performed during the hours of library operation. Supervises the timely and accurate acquisition, processing, cataloguing and circulation of library resources. Ensures availability of e-resources and databases.

Ensures that multimedia support services and technology are available to students and faculty. Ensures adherence to applicable federal, state, and college laws, requirements, polices, and procedures within their area of authority. Ensures accessibility of college archives.

Business Process Management

Ensures the optimal functioning of the integrated automation system; ensures appropriate preservation of essential data and records. Advises college community of library resources and services available.
Works within the collection development guidelines approved by the academic deans. Plans and prepares for future growth and innovation.

Works with college staff to determine learning resource needs. Participates or makes assignment to appropriate college committees. Ensures that required reports for federal and state agencies and for internal needs are completed accurately and in a timely manner.

Maintains state-of-the-art knowledge in library science, technology, and operations.

Requests appropriate personal professional development. Maintains communications and memberships as appropriate with professional associations.

Facilities and Fiscal Management

Prepares and recommends budget based on current needs and the requirements of effective operation. Ensures operations are conducted within budget parameters. Prepares and submits proposals for enhancement of services based on objective need analysis and use projections.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Develops and maintains strategic partnerships with diverse groups and communities. Partners strategically with Talent Acquisition to ensure the best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices are utilized in hiring that results in the hiring and retention of a diverse faculty and staff.

Helps to ensure the College meets its responsibilities in identifying problem areas and systemic concerns while reporting complaints alleging discrimination. Takes responsibility for creating a welcoming, inclusive, and productive work environment where employees feel valued and able to contribute to their full potential, regardless of their differences.

Assists with conducting workforce analytics to identify potential inhibitors of a workplace environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.


Manages multiple assignments of varying complexity and meets tight timelines and deadlines, with the ability to adapt to changing needs of the College and business partners.

Ensures College name and image is perceived positively by external as well as internal audience/stakeholders. Other duties as required. *Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required.

Physical Requirements

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description.

While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for periods of time, stands, and walks.

Employee converses verbally or manually with others in person as well as by telephone. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on computer screen. Employee occasionally lifts up to 10 pounds.

Working Conditions

Typical office and classroom environment. Regular exposure to moderate noise typical to business offices.

Skill, Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: library practices and procedures, including reference, instruction, collection, and access; Dewey Decimal System; online catalog and research databases; library systems and technology tools; familiarity with OhioLink or other library consortial environment. Knowledge of best practices in library instruction.

Skill in: verbal and written communications; maintaining good public relations; customer service; conflict resolution; general typing; application of job software programs; solving organizational problems; organization; leadership techniques.

Ability to: apply management principles to practical work situations; maintain accurate and complete work records; develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors, students, telephone users and general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; think creatively to find solutions for business problems; perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects; gather, interpret and analyze statistical data and generate reports; prepare financial and operational reports, statements, and/or projections; investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions; develop, plan and implement goals; adapt to changing technologies in a library environment and communicate their use and usefulness; thrive in a collaborative environment; working effectively under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor; model high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, and ethical behavior; work effectively with persons of varying cultures and diversity.

Minimum Qualifications: Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS, MLIS) from and ALA certified program. Three (3) years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic library. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s). *An appropriate combination of education, training, coursework and experience may qualify a candidate.

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