About the Library:
Phillips Exeter Academy’s Class of 1945
Library enjoys a national reputation, both as a landmark of
American architecture designed by Louis Kahn and as leader among
secondary school libraries. Since it first opened in 1971, the
Library has been hailed as a masterwork of modern American
architecture. In 1997, the American Institute of Architecture
recognized the Library with its prestigious Twenty-Five Year Award,
describing it as a “modern architectural masterpiece… [and] a
spiritual touchstone of great design for generations of
architects.” The building is comprised of nine floors with a shelf
capacity for 250,000 print volumes, provides 219 study carrels,
several classrooms and group study rooms, the ground floor Library
Commons, and the newly designed Center for Archives & Special
Collections. The Library’s collections include over 160,000 print
volumes, 190,000 ebooks, 300 periodical subscriptions, numerous
databases, plus an invaluable special collections and archive. The
Library is a member of the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust, one of
the largest shared print initiatives in North America with the goal
of protecting the print scholarly record and ensuring its
availability for scholars, students and faculty.
Director of Academy Library:
Reporting to the Dean of
Faculty, the Director plays a key leadership role providing overall
management of collections and services while serving as the leading
spokesperson and advocate for the Library. The Director will
promote a student-centered approach to the vision and leadership
for the Library’s support of academic programs, student learning
and the cultural life of the school. The Director’s knowledge and
excitement for innovation will ensure the Library’s prominence in
advancing the educational mission of the school and cultivating a
flexible and innovative learning environment designed to meet the
changing needs of the Academy community.
- Lead the development and implementation of a shared vision of
having the Library at the center of intellectual and cultural life
at the Academy.
- Work with the Academy community to determine how to best
address to the changing information needs of students, faculty,
staff, alumni and guests.
- Lead, mentor and encourage a team of librarians, archivist and
staff in collegiality, collaboration, and user-centered
- Develop and manage a multi-faceted budget.
- Integrate principals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and
cultural competency into operational and curricular elements of the
Library’s activities and services.
Academic and Co-curricular:
- Assume responsibility for library services including
instruction, technology, collections development, strategic
planning, organizational development, assessment and outreach.
- Collaborate with the Facilities Management team on the
responsibility for the physical space and the preservation of the
building’s architectural integrity and significance.
- Partner with Institutional Advancement to ensure fundraising
efforts for the Library are appropriate for current and future
- Build cooperative relationships with on-campus and off-campus
constituencies as an advocate for the Library.
- Oversee and manage a wide variety of public and special
- Represent the Library on statewide, consortia and national
- Work across academic departments and student programs to embed
library services into courses, events and co-curricular
- Participate in a full range of outreach services, including
reference, instruction, and
- Assure the Library is an inclusive space for learning that is
responsive to diverse needs and
supports the Academy’s priorities to enhance the student
Degree of Independent Action Performed
- Serve as department chair and attend department heads meetings.
Attend faculty meetings and participate in faculty professional
- Attend PEA events, student programs, athletic events, and other
campus presentations when possible.
- Serve on various departmental and institutional committees as
Incumbent is expected to work with a high level of independence and
autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and
judgment in decisions impacting staff and department
Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate
Direct: Associate Director of the Library, Librarians, and
Indirect: Staff & Student assistants
Internal & External Contacts
Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA
administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, staff and
alumni. External contacts may include parents, outside
organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.
- ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information
- Additional graduate degree preferred.
- A minimum of seven years of administrative experience in
academic libraries with demonstrated progressive leadership,
management, and supervisory responsibilities.
Skills & Knowledge
- Demonstrated experience in developing new programs based on
recent developments and trends in library science, library
services, education, community building and technology.
- Proven ability to lead library staff in a collaborative
- Demonstrated experience with building contemporary collections
addressing diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
- Demonstrated fiscal responsibility and ability to manage a
budget of comparable size.
- Experience working with secondary or post-secondary
- Effectiveness in administration and leadership; including
evaluative, analytical and assessment skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to
serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with
diplomacy and tact.
- Achievement of strategic goals through collaborative
- Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and
maintain collegial relationships.
- Excellent communication (written and verbal) and motivational
skills including evidence of fostering a collaborative and
innovative working environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills as well as a
strong customer focus.
- A strict adherence to confidential policies is required.
- Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities
and deadlines simultaneously.
- Working knowledge on using technologies to provide and enhance
library services, including knowledge of online research resources,
integrated library management systems, and instructional
- High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be
flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
- Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus)
domestically and internationally as needed.
- Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as
- Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a
professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including