Chief Librarian — New York City College of Technology, NY

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New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York (CUNY), located in in downtown Brooklyn, is a comprehensive college offering 60 associate and bachelor’s degree programs in engineering technologies, health related and other career-oriented disciplines We pride ourselves on the rich diversity of our students, faculty and staff, representing more than 120 countries and speaking more than 85 languages, with many students the first in their families to attend college. We are soliciting applications for a collaborative, thoughtful, and innovative leader to serve as Chief Librarian of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library. This is a faculty position.

City Tech’s Ursula C. Schwerin Library is integral to the educational mission of the college, and fosters connections with and supports students, faculty, and staff in their academic pursuits. We are committed to student success as we implement and acquire services and resources that will have the greatest positive impact on the diverse City Tech community.

City Tech is a member of CUNY’s library system, a federation of 31 libraries and the CUNY Central Office of Library Services supporting the University’s 25 campuses. CUNY’s libraries act both together and individually to acquire books, media, and e-resources, and CUNY faculty and students are welcome to visit and to borrow materials from any CUNY library.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Chief Librarian will lead approximately 16 full-time as well as ~20 part-time faculty and staff. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of current library technologies and trends, emerging areas of librarianship, and assessing and developing library services, collections, and technologies. They will have an energetic and empathetic leadership style and a commitment to transparency and clear communication across faculty and staff titles and positions.

The Chief Librarian will:

  • Provide strategic, financial, and managerial leadership for the library, working collaboratively and collegially with faculty and academic leadership at the college and across the university’s library system.
  • Chair the Library Department and guide the work and professional development of full-time tenure-line library faculty, professional and IT staff, civil service staff, and part-time faculty and staff in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Serve as the primary advocate and spokesperson for the library and for library personnel on campus, locally, statewide and nationwide.
  • Represent the library on the Provost’s Senior Staff, the college Personnel & Budget Committee, College Council, and other college committees.
  • Collaborate with Library faculty and staff on the library’s strategic direction that aligns the library’s mission, goals, and objectives with the college and university mission and strategic plan.
  • Support assessment activities, resulting in development and implementation of improvement plans and reassessment.
  • Represent City Tech and develop effective resources and services across the university’s library system on the CUNY Council of Chief Librarians and other university committees.

Minimum Qualifications:

An ALA-accredited graduate degree in library and information studies
An additional graduate or professional degree
A record of scholarly and professional achievement and service appropriate to the rank of associate or full professor

Preferred Qualifications:

A broad understanding of the issues confronting higher education and the role and changing nature of academic libraries
At least five years of library management and supervisory experience, with increasing responsibility, and evidence of effective resource management (including personnel, budget, collections, etc.)
Experience with assessment and strategic planning
Strong commitment to service-oriented collaboration and outreach with multiple campus constituencies
Demonstrated effectiveness in recruiting, supporting, and mentoring a diverse faculty and staff, contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment that supports scholarly, creative, and pedagogical work
A collaborative, empathic decision-making style, and demonstrated capacity for mentorship
Strong advocacy skills on behalf of library personnel and mission and the ability to value all personnel as contributors to the success of the organization
Demonstrated commitment to transparent and ethical decision making through consensus building
Strong analytical, interpersonal, and motivational skills


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Salary Range:

  • Associate Professor: $100,329-$117,805
  • Professor: $104,057-$124,656


Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022

City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


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Candidates should provide a cover letter, CV/resume, and statement of scholarly interests.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with review of resumes to begin on or after January 9, 2023.
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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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Anne Leonard