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Dean of University Libraries (FA210A1)

Old Dominion University
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Deans
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial, and collaborative Dean of University Libraries with a record of success who will lead the libraries in its mission to meet the needs of a preeminent research university; advocate for the libraries within the university and the larger community; articulate a shared vision for the libraries; demonstrate an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; attract external resources; and support the university’s leadership role in regional economic development.

Roles and expectations:
  • Articulate a vision and develop and implement a strategic plan consistent with the institutional strategic plan and priorities
  • Demonstrate commitment to the recruitment, retention, and mentoring of faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds
  • Represent the Libraries in its external relations with donors and the community, at local, state, and international levels, and in relevant professional bodies
  • Provide leadership in fundraising with public and private sectors, revenue generation, external grant acquisitions, and resource allocation to support the Libraries’ aspirations and priorities
  • Ensure a highly engaging and rewarding student experience and implement strategies to facilitate student success
  • Represent the College in its internal relations with central administration and with other colleges and units within the University
  • Embrace and facilitate shared governance
  • Exercise control over the budget of the Libraries College, allocating and reallocating faculty and staff lines and other resources
  • Promote and advocate for library programs that address the needs of faculty, students, and staff
  • Work with library staff to evaluate and implement programs aimed at improving services and facilities and increasing operational efficiency within the libraries
  • Create an environment which supports mutual respect among staff and professional advancement for staff
  • Foster professionalism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a positive work environment
  • Advocate for appropriate funding to support the library and institutional missions by developing the library’s collections and services, supporting research and scholarship, and incorporating emergent technologies
  • Support library programs that address the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the community
  • Provide leadership and contribute to academic and student services in close collaboration with Information Technology Services, Distance Learning, Center for Learning and Teaching, the Learning Commons Partners, and other key partners and stakeholders
  • Work closely with deans, directors, and other library leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia and leadership and members of The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) as well as representing the Libraries in the community and region, and at the state and national levels

Minimum Qualifications - knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • A record of academic and professional achievement warranting appointment to the rank of Librarian IV (non-tenure track) at ODU
  • Significant and progressive library organization administrative experience, management and leadership skills and an understanding of the operations, disciplines and goals of a major public research university

Minimum Qualifications - Education or training: An earned master’s degree in Library Science (MLS, MLIS, or equivalent) from an accredited ALA program. Preference will be given to candidates with a doctorate degree in library science or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated record of success in administrative leadership (i.e., budgetary and supervisory) experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to continuing programs to achieve inclusion among Library faculty and staff and to provide services that meet the needs of a diverse population of students and scholars
  • Experience with the oversight and allocation complex budgets and the ability to provide clear communication about the allocation of resources
  • Knowledge of strategic planning processes and alignment of college’s plans with university goals and priorities
  • Recruits, retains, and leads staff in a way that supports the University’s principles of Equity and Diversity
  • Evidence of a participatory leadership style and ability to manage conflict effectively and to take decisive action in a fair and equitable manner, when necessary
  • Demonstrated success in personnel management of faculty and staff
  • Successful administrative experience with strategic planning, fiscal management, and relevant technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funds, including grants and a proven track record of fundraising
  • A history of community engagement, including building, enhancing and sustaining partnerships across the institution, region and nation
  • Experience with scholarly communications and scholarly publishing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of important issues facing academic libraries including, but not limited to, Open Access publication issues, Record Retention, and Copyright Administration
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills and political adeptness to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and campus administrators

Special Instructions to Applicants / Additional Materials Required:

The Search Committee invites applications, inquiries, and nominations for this position. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details of at least five professional references. It is strongly preferred that applications demonstrate accomplishment and experience with the areas noted in the above expectations and qualifications sections. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, and review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials electronically to the search firm assisting Old Dominion University by February 1, 2022.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search ||
(770) 804-1996 × 111

Conditions of Employment: In accordance with Executive Directive #18 issued by Governor Ralph Northam effective September 1, 2021, all Old Dominion University employees who enter the workplace or work remotely must disclose their vaccine status to the designated university personnel.  Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their current vaccine status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and disclose weekly the results of those tests to designated university personnel.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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