Assistant Director– Catherwood Library, Cornell University–Ithaca, NY

Cornell University’s Catherwood Library invites diverse applications for the position of Assistant Director. We are seeking a collaborative, flexible, and innovative individual to lead and develop services primarily geared toward Cornell’s ILR School focused on broad, interdisciplinary fields centered around the study of labor and employment in the US and abroad.

Reporting to the Oxman Director of Catherwood Library, the Assistant Director will lead and participate in the day-to-day collection development, instruction, and research support in Catherwood’s Research and Learning Services department, consisting of four librarians and two staff positions. The incumbent serves on Catherwood’s leadership group participating in strategic planning and decision-making and works closely with their peers in Catherwood and across Cornell University Library.

Catherwood Library, like Cornell, CUL, and the ILR School, values an inclusive work environment focused on diversity, equity, anti-racism, and social justice. We invite candidates to give examples of how they have applied these areas in management, reference, instruction, collection development, and outreach over the course of their careers.

Required Qualifications:

• A postgraduate degree in a relevant subject (e.g. MLS/MLIS, Labor Studies, or similar);
• 6 or more years of professional library experience, preferably in an academic setting;
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate an inclusive work environment as well as lead and develop inclusive services, particularly focused on diversity, equity, anti-racism or social justice;
• Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision, and cooperatively with others;
• Demonstrated success in leading and motivating others;
• Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple simultaneous demands, and meet deadlines;
• Ability to think creatively and strategically, and to communicate that vision;
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, collaboration, organizational, and presentation skills;
• A history of scholarship and professional activity.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Supervisory experience;
• Experience working and subject knowledge in the subject areas of Labor and Employment (e.g. Human resource studies, labor law, international labor, organizational behavior, labor economics, social statistics or labor history).

Diversity and Inclusion:
The ILR Catherwood Library at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Funding is available to support professional training and research. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at . The anticipated academic rank for this position is Associate Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $70,000-$85,000.

Relocation assistance may be provided.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Because of campus closures and the likelihood of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we anticipate conducting virtual interviews with qualified candidates.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University’s decision to limit the number of on-campus employees, the successful applicant will be asked to perform this role remotely at a location of their choice in the United States for a limited time, only until the University can permit more employees to work on campus. Once the University permits more employees to work on campus, the successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, although they may be permitted perform a portion of their work remotely.

The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site:–Catherwood-Library_WDR-00024516-1 . Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to January 24, 2021 is strongly encouraged. Please submit one document (pdf preferred) that contains:

1. A cover letter;
2. A Curriculum Vitae;
3. A Statement of “Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” Candidates are invited to describe past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may focus on teaching, research, or service, or all three factors;
4. The names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references.

Environment: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of close to 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 24,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “Foodiest Towns in America.”–Catherwood-Library_WDR-00024516-1

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