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The University of Michigan-Dearborn seeks an energetic, innovative, service-oriented and collaborative professional to serve as the Associate Director for Public Services for the Mardigian Library. This position is a member of the senior management team of the library and the ideal candidate will bring substantial academic library knowledge and programming experience to the position.
The Associate Director for Public Services is a senior level management position in the Mardigian Library. This position is responsible for the day-to-day public services operations of the Library, including direct supervision of the department heads responsible for the Library Research Center Department (Research and Instructional services) and User Services Department (Circulation/ILL/Reserves/Shelving). Working with the Director, the Associate Director will assist to establish strategic goals and objectives, determine enterprise-wide activities and collaborations, and prepare administrative reports. The Associate Director assists in the creation and interpretation of library policies and participates in budget decisions.
Works closely with the Mardigian Library Director and other library staff in areas of assigned responsibilities; participates in library-wide and university-wide initiatives; supports the Director in fundraising and outreach as appropriate.
Participates in the development and execution of strategic plans and roadmaps to ensure library services support the established missions and initiatives of the campus and library.
Provides direct, personal supervision of the two Department Heads in Public Services and indirect supervision of personnel in those departments (9librarians and 3.5 FTE staff).
Coordinates the assessment and the impact of public services; supports existing service models and recommends new models or services scaffolded to the diverse academic rank of the users, both student and faculty.
Supports the Director in fostering a creative, team-oriented work environment.
Collaborates with librarians to develop information products, digital tools, and services.
Leads the development of a marketing and communication plan to advance the agenda of the library.
Mentors the two Department Heads to coordinate recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, supervision, and evaluation of staff. Fosters a positive and proactive environment in which personnel have opportunities to develop a broad knowledge of library operations and services as well as specialized skills. Works with direct reports to develop specific training for staff based on need. Participates in succession planning and management initiatives as appropriate.
Ensures the Department Heads for Public Services maintain current librarian position responsibility statements and job descriptions for employees within the unit. Reviews requests for new positions/reclassifications and submits to the Library Director for approval. Consults with library departments and Human Resources as required.
Oversees the effectiveness of processes within the Public Services departments.
Supports the Director in establishing and maintaining communication within and between departments to facilitate the work of the library and ensure library staff is informed of the Public Services departments’ activities and initiatives.
Works with the administrative team to ensure that library documents, policies and procedures for processes and services are current.
Supports the Head of the Library Research Center
in overseeing the process of a core collection of print and online resources;
in strategy and knowledge about the allocation and use of collection development funds;
in overseeing the development and presentation of specialized instruction on library resources through classes, group training sessions, and library instruction aids, including web-based guides.
A graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
Five or more years of leadership experience in an academic library at an accredited institution serving a diverse population and collaboration with faculty on education, research and teaching.
Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, and coaching and counseling.
Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a supervisor in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals.
A second earned graduate degree in a relevant discipline.
Experience with current web and instructional technologies, designing teaching modules or courses.
Three to five years’ experience in a reference department.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 171828
About University of Michigan - Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an interactive, student-centered institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning.We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse, highly motivated, and talented student body. Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of society; relevant to the goals of our students and community partners; rich in opportunities for independent and collaborative study, research, and practical application; and reflective of the traditions of excellence, innovation, and leadership that distinguish the University of Michigan.