Associate Director for Academic and Community Engagement

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Created: August 1, 2018


MIT is “committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.” The MIT Libraries play a key role in enacting this commitment. The MIT Libraries’ vision is for a world where enduring, abundant, equitable, and meaningful access to information serves to empower and inspire humanity. We believe in a world where more people have access to knowledge and where more voices are heard. We think libraries can help build that world by providing open platforms for discovering, sharing, and generating knowledge. We aim to enact our vision by living the values of openness and transparency, curiosity and inquiry, and by pursuing social justice and an ethic of care. We seek an engaged and collaborative leader who shares this vision and these values as Associate Director (AD) of the MIT Libraries’ Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Directorate. You will be joining a library on the cusp of significant strategic and cultural change and will have the opportunity to work with and lead an extraordinary group of colleagues through this transformation.


The Associate Director reports to the Director of Libraries and is part of a highly collaborative and visionary senior leadership team, sharing responsibility for the overall direction and success of the libraries. The AD leads the Academic and Community Engagement Directorate of the MIT Libraries, with administrative responsibility for

• Data and Specialized Services;

• Information Delivery and Library Access;

• Liaison, Instruction, and Reference Services;

• The Lewis Music Library. 

The AD has broad responsibility for the public service portfolio of the MIT Libraries, which includes a range of academic and commuunity engagements and services. The strategic priorities of the directorate include: 

• developing a service portfolio to support emerging digital forms of teaching, learning and scholarship;

• engaging staff expertise to enable community members to effectively and critically create, use, and share information;

• contributing to the transformation of library spaces for learning, community, and creation of new knowledge.


We seek an AD who will inspire, empower, and equip the 70+ staff within the Directorate to apply their expertise and unique skills and interests to meeting operational and strategic priorities, while building a culture of continuous learning. As AD, you will model and promote our deep commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice by demonstrating cultural and emotional intelligence and valuing and empowering the Directorate’s talented workforce. You will engage and influence staff through effective communication, transparency, and collaborative leadership.


Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 15:32 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 15:32 UTC