Birmingham-Southern College is excited to announce its search for a visionary, collaborative, thoughtful, and adaptive leader to serve as Director of the Charles Andrew Rush Learning Center/N.E. Miles Library. This is a 12-month, tenure-track administrative faculty position with negotiable rank reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and has responsibility for the organization, administration, operation, and evaluation of library services, physical facilities, staff, collection, and budgets. The Director strives to meet the educational objectives of the College by playing an active role in developing the library’s collections and services, providing a student- and faculty-friendly environment, and championing support for teaching and learning—such as in the growing area of digital collections and application of emergent technologies. The Director actively promotes the Library’s resources and services to the College community; the most successful candidate will exhibit a collaborative work ethic and an ability to build effective partnerships, articulate goals, negotiate priorities, and communicate effectively.
Birmingham-Southern College, one of 45 Colleges that Change Lives, prepares men and women for lives of significance. The College fosters intellectual and personal development through excellence in teaching and scholarship and by challenging students to engage their community and the greater world, to examine diverse perspectives, and to live with integrity. The Rush Learning Center/Miles Library supports the mission and educational goals of the College by promoting broad and open access to materials and engaging the College learning community and the communities surrounding the College. This position is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced library administrator to lead a small but outstanding professional staff (5 librarians, 4 staff) in the effort to articulate and implement visionary goals for one of the South’s most respected liberal arts colleges.
BSC is an equal opportunity employer and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The BSC is also committed to expanding the diversity of the faculty, staff and the student body and in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Individuals from diverse populations are encouraged to apply. BSC complies with the Alabama Child Protection Act and E-Verify. EOE
Qualifications The successful candidate will have an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and/or information science; a second master’s or Ph.D. degree is preferred. Familiarity with a liberal arts institution is highly preferred. A familiarity with OCLC’s WorldShare Management System is preferred. Traditionally underrepresented candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must demonstrate:
a strong background in managing library services and personnel in an academic institution;
support for equity and diversity among the community and staff;
an ability to evaluate, prioritize, and implement technology appropriate to
experience with budget administration;
an ability to work collegially with faculty from all disciplines;
engagement in and support for professional development;
excellent oral and written communication skills; and,
a willingness and ability to fulfill librarian duties in addition to administrative ones.
Applications & Nominations Questions are welcome; nominations are invited.
Application packet must include: a) Letter of interest, b) current resume/curriculum vitae, and c) at least three references with full contact and email information (references will not be contacted without applicant’s consent.)
Submit application packet as a PDF or ZIP file to Prof. Gina K. Armstrong, co-chair of the search committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by October 31, 19 for best consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Nominations with contact and email information on the individual being nominated may also be submitted to Prof. Armstrong at email@example.com.
About Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham-Southern College is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 undergraduate students. BSC is included in Pope’s Colleges that Change Lives and is a sheltering institution for Phi Beta Kappa. The College’s curriculum is based on close faculty-student interaction in teaching, advising, and research. For more on the College’s faculty, students, educational mission, and national reputation, visit www.bsc.edu.