Associate University Librarian – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Academic Position Announcement:
Associate University Librarian

Reporting directly to the University Librarian and serving as members of the Library Executive Group (LEG), Associate University Librarians (AULs) contribute vision and leadership to the development and management of designated library collections, services and spaces to support the evolving needs of the Cornell community. Each AUL supervises library directors and unit heads as well as providing overall guidance to academic librarians and staff members in libraries on the Ithaca campus and beyond.

In a work environment where cross-unit collaboration is expected, AULs work closely with each other, with the Senior Director for Library Finance and Administration, and with the University Librarian to set directions and priorities for the library, to sponsor projects and initiatives, and to develop partnership programs within and beyond Cornell.

AULs represent Cornell University Library (CUL) to the campus, higher education, and national and international library communities through engagement, presentations, and publications, thereby enhancing CUL’s reputation as a leading research library for the 21st century. AULs strengthen library relationships with deans, vice-provosts and other administrators as well as faculty, students and staff involved in academic services throughout the university.

Cornell encourages all candidates for senior leadership positions to supply statements demonstrating their commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of their application.

Current Responsibilities:

Supervising a team of over 40 people, the successful individual, building on their unique skills and experience, will have the opportunity to work with the University Librarian and other members of the Library Executive Group (LEG) to define the responsibilities of the position. All qualified candidates are invited to apply. However, particular emphasis will be placed on the candidates’ abilities to supervise personnel and support strategic initiatives in information technology and digital research, including our linked data initiative and development/implementation of the open source library services platform folio.

– Supervises the directors or managers of services provided by the following units:
• IT Operations
• IT Project Management
• Web Programming
• Web Experience & Business Administration
• Digital Lifecycle Services
• Land Grant IT
• Scholarly Communications

– Provides leadership in developing and evaluating IT policies and programs in alignment with strategic priorities;
– Partners with IT leadership across campus and engages with high-level campus initiatives;
– Facilitates a collaborative and open process to explore, develop, implement, and refine innovative service models;
– Strategically engages with consortial partnerships and regional, state, national and international organizations;
– Fosters new partnerships in support of the Library’s goal to expand its reach through public engagement;
– Manages and develops financial, physical and human resources to advance the library’s strategic vision;
– Provides professional development opportunities for academic librarians and staff members;
– Ensures that principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility are fully integrated into the work of IT.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree or higher in library or information science or other relevant discipline;
• Minimum five years of relevant work experience with increasing responsibility;
• Demonstrated leadership experience and evidence of flexibility and initiative and the ability to incorporate academic library trends in a rapidly changing environment;
• Proven ability to engage library staff in planning and delivery of innovative user-centered services;
• Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team;
• Proven ability to inspire, build trust, lead organizational change, foster innovation, and empower staff growth;
• Proven track record for building strong internal and external relationships;
• Proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion;
• Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills for communicating complex issues and perspectives to a wide range of constituencies

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience in financial management, success in grant writing and seeking new sources of funding;
• Strong record of scholarly engagement and professional service, including presentations, publications, and service to regional and/or national-level organizations.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s expansive global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. 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 arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude 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.

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 $64 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 350, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and retirement, as well as a generous array of programs to support families and well-being. Professional travel funding is available. I can say about the side effects at that in my case they are minimal and it consists in a slight dry mouth at night. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link. The anticipated salary range for this position will be $140,000 to $160,000, dependent on experience.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site at:—Cornell-University-Library_WDR-00020910-1 . We will begin reviewing applications November 5, 2019 and will continue until a viable pool of applicants is identified; early submission is encouraged. Please submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred).

Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University’s Office of Workforce Policy and Labor Relations at voice (607) 254-7232, fax (607) 255-0298, or email at

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

With our main campus located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus located on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

We offer a rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of personal life, including employee wellness, workshops, childcare and adoption assistance, parental leave and flexible work options.

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