Department Chair University Library

Governors State University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative Appointment

Classification Title
Department Chair

Position's Functional Title
Department Chair University Library

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Position Summary

The University Library of Governors State University is inviting experienced applicants for the newly created position of Department Chair of the University Library at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. The position is a 12-moth appointment and reports to the Dean of the University Library.

The chair, working with the dean, is responsible for development of library personnel’s schedules and annual work plans, evaluation of library faculty, civil service and support personnel, collaborate with the other academic units and assist the dean in overseeing a two-million-dollar budget. The chair will supervise the librarians, including the head of Technical and Public services. The chair will also work with the dean in planning for the future, revitalizing and modernizing the informational holdings (both physical and digital) and work on planning as needed for the proposed new library building. Additionally, the Department Chair will work with the Dean on hiring and evaluation processes for tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty; resolve student concerns; and represent the Library and Dean’s Office internally and externally. The Department Chair has the primary responsibility for providing leadership and academic coordination of resources of the library

Set amongst 750 acres of prairie, GSU is located 40 miles south of Chicago and its proud to offer the lowest tuition of any four-year, public university in Illinois. The university faculty, administration and staff are committed to providing a quality education, embracing diversity an serving students with excellence.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Master’s of Library and Information Sciences from an ALA Accredited Program and a Second Master’s degree in a content area (such as an MBA ) OR a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in a related field; ABD will be considered
  • Record of accomplishments in (1) Teaching/Primary Duties (including Academic Library Leadership, Personnel and budgetary management, experience in collections management, and evidence of community engagement); in (2) Research/Creative Activities (including, but not limited to, published referred journal articles, published books, book chapters, grants, etc.); and (3) Service (public service within the field) meeting GSU’s minimum requirements for Tenure and Promotion to Associate or Full Professor.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent inter-personal and collaborative skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • 3-5 years of experience in an academic library leadership role
  • Familiarity with public university collections management needs
  • Experience in large organization strategic planning
  • Experience in a unionized environment
  • Experience in grant writing and alternative revenue stream development
  • Bilingual or proficient in a language other than English
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Special Instructions to Applicants
  • Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by February 15, 2023.
  • Please include a list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information.
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Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. List of Three Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Other
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