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Dept Head, Library

New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico (US)
Minimum starting salary $80,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience
Date posted
Jun 14, 2024

Job Details

Reports directly to the Dean of the Library. Administers and provides overall leadership for the Reference and Research Services department. Supervises approximately 11 departmental faculty/staff and supports their development and growth. Ensures the provision of effective and high-quality departmental services. Serves as intermediary between Library administration and the department while acting as advocate for both. Contributes to Library-wide planning, policy-making, goal-setting, and assessment efforts. Serves as a member of the library’s management group. Demonstrates a commitment to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across the NMSU system as a foundation for institutional excellence. Collaborates with various stakeholders to achieve Library and university goals. Ensures compliance with relevant Library and University policies and procedures, including department head roles and responsibilities as specified in Administrative Rules and Procedures, 6.72. A copy of the NMSU Library Promotion and Tenure Policy can be read here:

As a member of the library faculty, is responsible for achieving in the following areas:
• Librarianship
• Scholarship and Creative Activity
• Outreach and Extension (when appropriate)
• Service


NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant and space-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research, public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.

The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is located in Doña Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region.

Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation, amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.


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