Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost, the Director of the Library will represent and actively promote the Library and College Archives primarily to the College community and secondarily to outside constituencies. The director will provide the vision and leadership for the Library while also serving as a collaborative member of the Provost's strategic team. Responsible for the planning, organization, administration, operation, and evaluation of Library services and facilities, and for effectively leading and mentoring department heads, librarians, support staff, and student workers.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop vision for the future state of the Columbia College Chicago Library, in a time of great flux in academic libraries nationwide and execute short- and long-term strategies for fulfilling the core mission of the Library in alignment with the college's mission, goals, and strategic plan.
Act as primary steward of the Library's collections: establishes, with appropriate department heads, policies for collection development, including the selection, management, and maintenance of the Library's physical and digital collections; directs the acquisition, organization, and disposition of Library materials; and ensures Library collections and programs meet current and anticipated curricular and research needs.
Manage the Library's financial resources, including preparation and presentation of the annual budget, with oversight from the Director of Finance and Budget Analysis in the Office of the Provost.
Ensure all library services are accessible and inclusive, and equitably serve the needs of the campus community, and that they are optimally useful to the 21st century academic library user.
Advocate for and advances a culture of diversity and cross-cultural competency among library staff and faculty.
Assess and improve Library facilities and services, in keeping with state-of-the-art academic library best practices.
Guide the Library leadership team; administer, with Department Heads, performance management practices and processes including development, review, and revision of job descriptions and the performance evaluation process.
Plan and implement promotional, educational, and professional development activities, encourage staff to take advantage of existing programs and foster new programs.
Active in relevant local, state and national professional organizations and encourage staff to participate as well; serve as primary liaison to state and national library networks to ensure that Columbia College Chicago benefits fully from consortial relationships.
Remain current with technological advances and trends in higher education and academic library operations and services.
Serve on college committees as appropriate.
Performs other duties and/or responsibilities as assigned or required.
MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution; additional graduate degree and arts or communications background degree desirable.
Minimum of ten years progressively responsible library experience, particularly in the academic context, including supervision of other librarians.
Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor librarians and support staff.
Experience in and commitment to a collaborative work environment and shared decision-making.
Demonstrated ability to lead in a style that fosters collegiality, cooperation, teamwork, and consensus building.
Demonstrated ability to work successfully and collegially with a broad variety of constituents including faculty, students, administrators, trustees, and external groups.
Change leadership experience related to emerging issues and trends affecting academic libraries, particularly space planning, design, and emerging technologies.
Excellent communication and listening skills; ability to advocate, with energy and vision, in support of library initiatives.
Demonstrated experience in leading strategic planning and implementation.
Demonstrated professional and pedagogical commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in a student-focused and learning-centered environment.
Demonstrated professional commitment, either through relevant professional organization activities, publications, or instruction.
Proven successful fund-raising experience; grant writing experience especially desirable.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.
At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.
We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.
Additional Information To ensure consideration, please include a cover letter, salary requirements,and three professional references in your submission.
Position subject to a background screening. This is a non-union position. This position is overtime exempt.
Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.