Director, Collections & Discovery

Reno, NV
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Salary: Salary minimum is $80,000
Created: October 26, 2021


Director, Collections & Discovery

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:
• Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.
• Draft applications are saved automatically and can be accessed through your candidate home account. Final applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources helpline at (775) 784-1495 or

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Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks an experienced, collaborative professional for the position of Director, Collections & Discovery. This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Appointment may be at the level of Assistant Professor or above depending on experience, record of scholarship, service and achievement. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Director is an academic faculty member of the Libraries' management team and plays a leadership role in helping the Libraries meet the challenges of changing modes of scholarly communication. The Director is responsible for the planning, implementation, and promotion of a wide range of departmental initiatives and will help shape future directions for the Libraries and department. The department includes the following units: Electronic Resources & Acquisitions; Metadata & Cataloging; and Discovery Services. The successful candidate will have demonstrated management success and the ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds, opinions, and orientations. The Libraries emphasize excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; a strong service orientation; collaboration and teamwork; the ability to adapt to change; and the desire to actively engage in campus and community outreach activities to promote the Libraries and build partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups.

Major responsibilities
• Provide leadership for units responsible for resource acquisition and access, including print resources, electronic resources and licensing, serials, discovery services, and metadata and cataloging. The library uses the Alma library services platform, the Primo VE discovery service, and the Islandora digital asset management system.
• Manage a multimillion-dollar materials budget ($6M), including state funds, student fees, gift/donor funds and endowment funds; oversee allocations and expenditures; and ensure resource allocation decisions are aligned with strategic directions.
• Collaborate with Collections Librarian and acquisitions staff to produce analyses, data visualizations, and reports, including regular budget updates with respect to fiscal-year targets, trends, and library impact.
• Provide leadership for the selection, licensing, management, and preservation of print and electronic resources.
• Provide leadership and participate in consortial and cooperative activities that relate to collections and scholarly communication.
• Monitor and share knowledge of trends and best practices in library collection development, discovery, descriptive standards, and aspects of scholarly communication connected to the use of information resources (open access, open educational resources, fair use, etc.).
• Represent the Libraries within the university and on committees and forums at the state and at the national level.
• Guide the tenure and promotion process for faculty within the department.

Required Qualifications
• Master's degree from an ALA-accredited or international-equivalent program.
• At least five years of progressively responsible academic or research library experience working in at least one of the department's areas: collections, acquisitions, discovery, digitization, or cataloging.
• Experience supervising full-time, regular, library staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to operationalizing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in library collections, systems, and services.
• Experience in budget preparation and financial management.
• A record of scholarship and professional service expected of a Librarian II.

Preferred Qualifications
• Ability to assess library collections in all formats and communicate findings and impact appropriately.
• Ability to create dashboards and data visualizations to communicate progress toward goals and library impact.
• Demonstrated ability to solve problems and prioritize multiple projects and demands.
• Experience in successfully leading and implementing change and fostering that capacity in others.
• Experience with vendor relations, including negotiation of licenses, pricing, and contracts.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Ex Libris Alma, Primo VE, or Islandora.
• Knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication, information technologies, data management, and higher education.
• Knowledge of copyright law and intellectual property issues as they relate to use of and long-term access to library collections.
• A record of scholarship and professional service expected of a Librarian III or Librarian IV.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary minimum is $80,000

Competitive benefits package includes 24 vacation days per year and tuition benefits for self and family. No state income tax.

More information about the University Libraries and expectations related to faculty rank and tenure can be found in the Bylaws of the University Libraries at UNR.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Program

About the University Libraries

The University Libraries has been a cornerstone of the University since it was founded in 1874. Today it encompasses a blend of cutting-edge research facilities and services, including the state of the art Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (main library), Special Collections and University Archives, DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library, Jon Bilbao Basque Library, and @One Digital Media and Technology Center. The University Libraries fulfills its mission to further intellectual inquiry and innovation; partner with students and faculty in the creation of new knowledge; and foster excellence in education through providing access to scholarly resources, active learning environments, cutting-edge technology, and knowledgeable assistance, all with an underlying core focus on diversity and inclusion.


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Attach the following attachments to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three Professional References

4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the collections, systems and services.

Posting Close Time

This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately, review of applications begins November 12, 2021.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion. 


Published: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 13:47 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 13:47 UTC