Dean of the University Libraries, St. John’s University, Queens, New York

St. John’s University – Dean of the University Libraries

St. John’s University, a private, Catholic, doctoral university, invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of University Libraries. The Dean of University Libraries serves as the senior administrative and academic officer of the University Libraries and is responsible for the innovative vision, strategic direction, policy development, and management for the St. John’s University Libraries on the Queens and branch campuses. A sophisticated understanding of the role of technology in library physical and virtual services, space, and information provision is expected.

Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian community of priests, St. John’s University (stjohns.edu) is one of America’s largest Catholic universities, offering more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The fall 2015 enrollment of 16,210 undergraduate students (including 4,883 high school students taking college credit) and 4,671 graduate students represents 47 states and 123 countries. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations and employs 1,450 faculty members (630 full-time and 820 part-time) and over 1,300 administrators and staff. Campuses are located in Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island, New York, and Rome, Italy with additional locations in Oakdale, New York, and Paris, France. The University’s Division I athletic program offers 17 men’s and women’s programs in the Big East Conference. With 175,000 living alumni, many of whom reside within the New York City region, there is significant opportunity to create experiential learning opportunities for students involving internships, mentorships, industry project partnerships and applied research projects.

St. John’s University seeks an inspiring leader with significant experience able to support the strategic priorities of the University and provide direction, strategic planning, budgeting, and continuous assessment for the University Libraries across all campuses. Additionally, it will provide administrative leadership and oversight for the Libraries’ faculty and staff, facilities, budget, and services including the University’s Archives and Special Collections, Records Management Program and Policies, instructional programs and resources, consortia efforts, the integration of non-traditional functions and services, and the Libraries’ print and electronic collections and database subscriptions.

The Dean reports to the Provost and will collaborate with the Academic Deans, and other senior administrators to ensure support and resources to the University’s colleges and schools (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Tobin College of Business, College of Professional Studies), and administrative area programs, through both traditional and innovative library resources and services.

This position fosters an environment that facilitates the advancement of research, teaching, and scholarly activities with an understanding of traditional and innovative methods of information dissemination, digital learning, and emerging technologies. It also works closely with Institutional Advancement to develop community engagement, external partnerships, and alumni activities to vitalize Friends of the Library and other fundraising initiatives. The Dean represents the University Library at regional, national, and international events.

Ideal candidates will possess:
1. at least 5 to 10 years of progressive library administrative experience which includes significant responsibility for budget and planning, preferably in an academic library,
2. a MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program required; doctorate preferred and,
3. qualifications to be appointed as a tenured member of the Professional Library Staff faculty.

Interested individuals will have evidence of sustained contributions to research through publications and scholarly engagement with the profession. In addition, they will have demonstrated effective leadership skills including supervision of faculty and staff, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, as well as manage organizational change and growth and transformation in library services.

Candidates will also have capacity for developing and sustaining effective relationships with other administrators, personnel, faculty, students, and the public, as well as awareness of current trends in library science and library management in a complex academic and/or research environment(s). Interested individuals will be skilled in advancing digital initiatives and coordinating with information technology units.

Excellent communication, interpersonal, and technical skills and the ability to anticipate and adapt to priorities and changing needs are essential.

Applications and Nominations:
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The review of applications and nominations will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, materials should be received on or before April 15, 2016. The Search Committee will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.

Applications should include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three references, which will not be contacted without the explicit permission of candidates. Letters of nomination should include the name, position, address, email, and telephone number of the nominee.

Interested candidates should submit requested documents for confidential consideration to Librarydean@stjohns.edu. For more information about the University Libraries please follow this link http://www.stjohns.edu/libraries.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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