Reporting to the Dean of the Law School, the Assistant Dean of
Legal Information Services manages all aspects of the operation of
the Wilbur C. Hall Law Library in a manner that supports the
mission of the Law School. While this is a 12-month administrative
appointment, the Assistant Dean will also hold faculty rank
(non-tenure track) and the title of Professor of Practice, teaching
one or more legal research courses annually as needed.
Washington and Lee University promotes a dynamic and inclusive
environment that allows students and employees of multiple
backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive
together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment
and exhibit potential for excellence in teaching and for vigorous
scholarship. In keeping with the University Strategic Plan, we
welcome applications from underrepresented minority candidates and
members of other communities that are traditionally
underrepresented in academia.
Full-Time, 12 Month, With Benefits
Administrator with Faculty Rank
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Essential and Related Functions
The Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services manages all
aspects of the operation of the Wilbur C. Hall Law Library in a
manner that supports the mission of the Law School. Specific
responsibilities include the following:
- Works with the Dean to establish objectives of the Law Library
that best support the research, teaching, and programmatic needs of
the Law School community.
- Promotes a positive and creative work environment while
undertaking supervisory functions relating to hiring, performance
review, and professional development.
- Establishes budgetary priorities for the Law Library in a
manner that maximizes the benefit of library resources.
- Creates and maintains print and digital collections appropriate
to the mission of the Law School.
- Oversees the management and development of innovative digital
initiatives, including an institutional repository and the widely
recognized W&L Law Journal Rankings.
- Manages the Law Library’s physical space to maximize the
benefit of this resource for the Law Library and the Law School
- Collaborates with the University librarian on a range of
administrative matters to leverage University resources and to
promote efficiency in the delivery of library services across the
- In addition to managing the Wilbur C. Hall Law Library, the
Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services will hold the title of
Professor of Practice. In this capacity, the Assistant Dean will
teach one or more legal research courses, including the first-year
legal research course and advanced legal research, as needed.
Additionally, the Assistant Dean may teach a doctrinal course in an
area of expertise subject to need and feasibility.
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for
- Strategic Thinking - Actively develops and aligns the
departmental strategy with the University's vision, mission and
values. Able to rally others behind the University's mission and
create commitment to achieving long-term goals. Looks beyond the
surface of problems, connects unrelated information and integrates
it when making decisions. Able to quickly assess changing
situations and recognize key risks involved in order to handle the
problem or opportunity efficiently.
- Change Adaptability - Champions change initiatives in
own department, communicates rationale and provides updates
throughout the change process to help others deal with ambiguity.
Anticipates and addresses staff concerns throughout the change
process, creating and maintaining open dialogue to obtain
commitment and buy-in. Supports the practical utilization of new
ideas that show promise and encourages diversity of thought in own
department and others.
- Communication and Networking - Adapts own style to
deliver persuasive messages by understanding the audience,
communication objectives and intended outcome. Serves as a role
model by advocating a culture of openness and two-way communication
across departments. Develops and maintains knowledge of key areas,
persons in the University or larger community and uses social
networks to build support for common purposes.
- Drive for Results - Champions continuous improvement of
work methods, policies and practices by providing resources and
sharing success stories and lessons learned. Engages department in
setting challenging goals and targets, encourages others to
overcome obstacles and holds people accountable for results. Guides
establishment of customer service processes to standardize a
culture of customer service and sensitivity.
- Talent Development - Supports processes to identify and
reward talent by creating development opportunities, mentoring and
coaching others to develop the next line of leaders. Proactively
identifies and ensures development of critical future skills and
capabilities for talent across the University and not just within a
department. Takes time to actively build individual relationships
on a formal and informal basis with University employees. Leads by
example, by supporting the implementation of a sustainable
performance development system (e.g., encouraging participation in
goal setting activities, final year review, etc.).
and new employees must provide proof of at least their
first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may
seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination
The Assistant Dean will hold a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited
law school and a M.L.S. or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited
institution. Additionally, the Assistant Dean will have
considerable experience in law library administration, including
personnel management and management of financial resources.
In addition to possessing strong supervisory, communication, and
leadership skills, preferred candidates will have an appreciation
for the changing roles of law libraries in legal education and a
willingness to continue the Law Library’s record of innovation in
deploying resources in a manner that best serves the needs of the
students, faculty, and other members of the Law School
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working,
primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and
- Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of
the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
- The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse
environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative
- Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally
and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to
lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the
human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs
are sedentary if walking and standing are required only
occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
To be considered, applicants should submit the following materials
through the Interfolio portal: http://apply.interfolio.com/93228
- Personal statement
- Contact information for three professional references
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. For more information please contact Brian
Murchison, chair of the search committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we
are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of
scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development
of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our
faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are
representative, but not all‐inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and
abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with
disabilities to perform essential functions.
Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and
backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the
recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and
staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view,
interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and
diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working
environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.