Associate Dean of University Libraries

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Created: December 13, 2012


Associate Dean of University Libraries
Seton Hall University
South Orange, New Jersey

Seton Hall University Library seeks an active and engaged Associate Dean to carry out the mission and vision of the Libraries through work as part of an administrative team in providing leadership, direction and oversight for planning and the operation of the Libraries and its faculty, staff, services and collections.  The Associate Dean will work closely with the Dean to develop programmatic and organizational initiatives to enhance the services and collections.  She/he will contribute individual skills and expertise as needed in order to achieve the goals and objectives set by the organization.  Motivates, listens, communicates and generally oversees the work of all Library functions, with a proven ability to analyze, follow through, and help make workflows and services more efficient, particularly in the use of new tools and technologies.

This position will:  act as an administrative liaison to University IT and for purposes of internal technology planning, coordination, and implementation in all areas applying knowledge of trends and emerging technologies with attention to operational implications and details; gather, assess, and analyze data at a high level; coordinate Library activities by connecting often disparate areas of work and initiatives and facilitate the smooth and effective functioning of library units; assist the Dean with communicating Library goals and policies; oversee policy and practices related to contracts, purchasing, licensing and related items; monitor and help plan for building issues; provide oversight of the budget and report regularly to the Dean; be highly involved with supervision, evaluation and timesheets; assist the Dean with donor relations and stewardship issues, regular written communications to Library faculty and staff  and to the broader college community and represent the Dean externally and internally as needed.  This position is an essential partner to the Dean of University Libraries in elevating the role of the Libraries and the workflows and practices of the Library faculty and its staff.  Firm, patient, professional leadership and communication are essential, as is consistent follow-through, guided by the plans, goals, and objectives of the University Libraries.

Under the leadership of a new Dean, the University Libraries recently completed a new Strategic Plan that in many ways instantiates the University’s academic ambitions and articulates the role the Libraries will play in the greater social, ethical, and democratic goods that are embodied in Seton Hall’s new Mission and Strategic Plan:  to be “at the heart of Seton Hall’s intellectual ambitions and the first source for scholarship and information where students’ needs are the library's top priority, faculty find the resources essential for their teaching and research, and students graduate with the realization that the library is indispensable.”  With approximately 700,000 volumes and a robust offering of databases to support over 80 graduate programs (17 doctoral) and a similar number of undergraduate majors, Seton Hall University Libraries are poised to grow strategically and reshape its services and collections as an active partner to the exciting developments at the University.


Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or similarly appropriate/equivalent advanced degree is required.
A second graduate degree strongly preferred (a doctorate preferred) in a field of relevance to the Seton Hall curriculum or the responsibilities of the position.
A minimum of three to five years supervisory and management experience with professional personnel and library budgets, strongly preferred in an academic or research library environment; demonstrated collaborative and team-oriented management approach and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment at all levels with an inclusive leadership style.
Demonstrated experience with/knowledge of current library technologies and trends and experience with using, selecting, guiding and shaping library technologies and applications.
Demonstrated record of successful implementation, completion, and follow up to typical contemporary academic library projects in a leadership role.
Evidence of superior oral and written communication skills, superior analytical and problem-solving skills.
Record of participation and/or contribution in library professional organizations.
Must be proficient in the use of standard office software such as word processing, spreadsheets, and email.

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Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled.

Seton Hall University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 00:54 UTC

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