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CEO and Library Director

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, Georgia
Date posted
Mar 25, 2024



The Board of Trustees of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. (AUC Woodruff Library) is seeking an experienced library professional to serve as its next CEO and Library Director. In addition to being a thoughtful leader in the library arena, the ideal candidate will possess exceptional strategic and leadership skills and be a collaborative partner to other key stakeholders of the Atlanta University Center.

The AUC Woodruff Library is an award winning academic library with a premier Archives Research Center located in Atlanta, Georgia and serves four member institutions: Spelman College, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University and the Interdenominational Theological Center. The Library serves 8,000+ students and 2,000+ faculty with services, resources and collections to support curriculum and operating with a focus on digital preservation and access of just over 2,000,000 items. AUC Woodruff Library Consortia Memberships:


  • Associated Colleges of the South/Libraries
  • Association of Research Libraries Atlanta Regional Consortium of Higher Education
  • Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Digital Library Federation
  • Educopia
  • Georgia Library Learning Online HBCU Library Alliance
  • Oberlin Group
  • Online Computer Library


The Library Director’s responsibilities include coordination, planning and organization of the AUC Woodruff Library in compliance with applicable guidelines and laws governing non-profit organizations and academic libraries. The position requires the essential qualities of effective leadership, data-driven judgment and initiative, and an ability to effectively manage operational and administrative challenges and be able to work with administrators and faculty across the AUC and among local and regional communities.

The Library Director works under the policy direction of the Board of Trustees. The Director establishes and is accountable for strategic plans, performance objectives, and guides implementation and assessment of library services, programs and all aspects of operations. Duties include oversight and evaluation of a management team that is responsible for information technology, digital and technical library services, collection development of library and archival resources, instruction and reference service delivery, programs and events, facilities management, transportation services, fiscal responsibility for the Library’s capital and operating budgets, and its investment portfolio, fundraising and evaluation of human resources for 75+ staff.

The Library Director represents the Library throughout the Atlanta University Center, the city of Atlanta, GA, and the library profession providing a voice on matters germane to academic libraries and archival services. Contacts with key stakeholders, students, faculty, alumni, grant makers, partnering institutions and organizations, and the general community are maintained and developed by the CEO and Director. The CEO and Director will serve on the AUC Consortium Council of Presidents, the Chief Council of Academic Officers and may participate in the Council of Student Affairs Officers, Council of Public Information, Council of Research Officers, and other Councils identified within the Atlanta University Center Consortium.

Knowledge, Ability & Skill

Ability to conceptualize and initiate plans and to organize and lead other individuals in the accomplishment of library goals. Ability to work effectively with governing boards, committees and other individuals. Ability to perform a wide range of complex duties to advance the mission of the Library. Skilled in developing operating and capital budgets for the Library, and in library human resource management. Knowledge of current policy and trends influencing operations of academic and research libraries. Of importance is the candidate’s ability to articulate a compelling vision, inspire and mentor library staff, and demonstrate a high degree of emotional intelligence.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library science or information science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in management positions at the director, associate or vice-president level of operations
  • Experience in a leadership role within academic or research libraries and/or professional library organizations
  • A record of professional achievements and contributions to the field of librarianship, information technology, scholarship and service, in an academic or a related library setting
  • A history of embracing partner relationships
  • Demonstrated familiarity and/or experience in carrying out the responsibilities of an executive officer of a non-profit organization
  • Fiscal acumen and experience with budgeting and alignment of resources
  • Experience in fundraising and/or grant making
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and implementation
  • Experience with assessment of operations and data-driven decision making
  • Knowledge of archival management fundamentals
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate donors and advocates
  • Evidence of a commitment to the success of scholars within the HBCU community
  • Documented contributions to librarianship demonstrated through a record of professional achievement in librarianship, scholarship, and service, in an academic or research library setting

Applications for candidate consideration of the CEO and Library Director position are invited. To apply, submit an updated resume and letter of interest to: Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2024. The candidate review will begin May 6, 2024.

The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, company-paid disability plans, and a company-matched retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

The AUC Woodruff Library does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.


About the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library

Established in 1982, the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, Inc. partners with the nation’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities: Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College, providing information management, instruction and access to a variety of global information resources acquired and organized in support of teaching and learning, scholarship and cultural preservation of the Atlanta University Center and African American history. The Library has evolved into a model repository of information resources and a front-runner in the innovative delivery of digital resources.

The Library’s premier Archives Research Center provides collaborative leadership in preservation, access and collection development of unique archival resources documenting African American history and culture and is noted for its holdings of materials on the African American experience, including the John Henrik Clarke Africana and African American Collection, the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Collection, the Henry P. Slaughter and Countee Cullen Memorial Collection, Black Women in Radio Historic Collection and the Southern Education Foundation Collection. The Archives Research Center is the repository of institutional records for selected schools within the Atlanta University Center and it serves as custodian of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection. In July 2022, the AUC Woodruff Library became the 127th member of the Association of Research Libraries, becoming the second HBCU in its history to achieve this distinction. For more information, visit:

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