Library Director


Rockhurst University

Job Summary: 

Rockhurst University invites applications for a full-time Director of the Greenlease Library. This is a year-round appointment that includes responsibilities to coordinate and manage library collections, programs, and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community. The Director provides leadership in all areas of library management including strategic planning, fiscal management, library assessment, personnel supervision and development, and facility management.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, a reimagined Greenlease vision was developed by members of a task force with representatives from the library, student success, learning center, academic advisors, faculty development, and community engagement. The new Library Director will be an important stakeholder to continue the development of Greenlease as a hub for connecting companions – students, community (neighbors, alumni, community partners), faculty and staff – with one another and with resources.

Founded by the Jesuits in 1910, Rockhurst is a comprehensive university of approximately 3,600 students that offers more than 50 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs taught by nationally recognized faculty. Rockhurst emphasizes learning, leadership, and service. Our mission is to transform lives by creating a learning community centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education. Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world.

The Library Director reports to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. The position will begin on June 1, 2021.

• An M.L.S. from an A.L.A. accredited program or an advanced degree in a related field, with an advanced certificate in library or information science.
• Five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic library or a comparable setting.
• Demonstrated record of increasing knowledge and responsibility in supervisory oversight, support, and development of personnel.
• Strong strategic planning skills, budgeting and project management skills, independent judgment, and the ability to make decisions with positive outcomes.
• Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills including preparation of reports, analysis of data, creation and dissemination of policies and procedures, and communication with various constituencies on and off campus.
• Demonstrated knowledge of research and learning services and collection development tools and techniques that support undergraduate and graduate curriculum within a comprehensive liberal arts university.
• Demonstrated experience with library technology including integrated library systems, databases, web applications, emerging technologies, and public interfaces.
• Ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities and build partnerships.

• A second graduate degree in a subject discipline or an additional advanced degree
• Experience with program supervision and program assessment
• Record of scholarly or other professional activity
• Teaching experience at the university level
• Experience with Open Educational Resources on campus
• Understanding and experience working with health science education
• Understanding and appreciation for the Jesuit tradition and for Catholic higher education

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Supervise department heads and coordinate the activities of the two departments of the Library: Research and Learning Services (Information Literacy Instruction, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and Reference) and Content Management and Discovery Services (Electronic Resources, Acquisitions, Cataloging, and Archives).
• Engage in strategic planning for effective organizational changes, including staffing, allocation of fiscal resources, space usage, and services.
• Prepare and manage annual budget for the Greenlease Library, approve purchases, and prepare periodic financial reports.
• Incorporate curriculum changes identified through participation on the Undergraduate and Graduate Curriculum committees as warranted into library collections and services.
• Provides leadership to ensure that the Library's collections and resources are sufficient to meet the primary goal of supporting the teaching and research needs of the University’s faculty, students, and staff.
• Develops and cultivates library services, spaces, and programs that ensure inclusiveness, accessibility, and support for the needs of a diverse and multicultural community as defined by the University’s mission and strategic priorities.
• Develops cooperative services with other institutions and lending consortia.
• Represent the Library at university, local, regional, and national meetings or committees.
• Provide leadership and direction for the University Archives.
• Collaborate with the Advancement office and the Friends of the Rockhurst University Library to seek external funding and to support programs and services which benefit students and faculty.

Applicants who would enhance the diversity of the University, such as individuals from historically underrepresented groups, are strongly encouraged to apply. The position offers a full benefits package.

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. For questions, contact the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Provost, Dr. Jennifer Friend at (No application can be accepted via this email address.) To apply, complete an online application within Rockhurst University’s Human Resources online application system and upload: an application letter, a Curriculum Vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

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