Western Carolina University invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of Library Services. The Associate Dean will be a knowledgeable, experienced, and visionary leader supporting the Dean, department heads, faculty, and staff by providing exceptional administrative leadership. Requiring a broad understanding of how libraries contribute to the teaching and learning mission of the university, the Associate Dean will coordinate library-wide strategic planning; assessment; public relations and marketing; external partnerships and outreach; and special initiatives and projects. As appropriate, the Associate Dean will represent the library on campus and community activities when asked by the Dean or in the absence of the Dean. Reporting to the Dean of Library Services, this is a 12-month, non-tenure-track position. The Associate Dean serves the library by assisting the Dean in developing and promoting areas such as library assessment, Friends of Hunter Library, coordinating the library's diversity goals, and coordinating all the efforts of promoting library resources and services in a working environment that highly values collegiality, collaboration, and creativity. Areas of responsibility will include:
Working in concert with the leadership team to accomplish strategic planning.
Coordinating public relations and the library's marketing committee to communicate the library's value and story throughout the community.
Leading library assessment and evaluation projects, including patron surveys, data analysis and reporting.
Coordinating the library's diversity plan initiatives in coordination with the library department heads.
Business Continuity Planning and regularly reviewing library policies/guidelines for currency and accuracy.
Leading external partnerships and outreach, particularly Friends of Hunter Library.
Leading other duties, special initiatives and projects may be assigned on temporary or permanent basis.
Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent; demonstrated educational leadership experiences, including supervision; successful administrative experiences in an academic, research, or similar library setting; thorough understanding of academic libraries and the ways in which current and emerging technologies are affecting traditional services and collections; exceptional interpersonal relations and communication skills; strong commitment to diversity; expertise in strategic planning and project management; and experience with and knowledge of assessment and data analysis principles as applied to libraries, 3-5 years of progressive experience in academic libraries or a large public library.
Demonstrated professional growth through involvement in state and/or national organizations; record of disciplinary scholarship; proven experience running multiple, concurrent projects to completion; demonstrated willingness to embrace risk-taking and exploring innovative solutions to problems; record of encouraging team innovation.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
You will be required to attach a letter of application that addresses listed job qualifications, resume and names and telephone numbers of three references.
For more information, contact Dora Walker at 828-227-3406 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.