Summary: Queens seeks an experienced academic librarian who will continue to develop and implement a shared vision for the Library in support of the University's plans; build a strong and effective staff; strengthen communication and information flow between the Library and its constituents; and strategically manage the Library's operations.
The director will have a strong vision of the place of libraries in the digital age, be knowledgeable about emerging technological resources for scholarly communication, and deeply understand the challenges facing academic libraries. S/he will be able to bring together a diverse and broad set of campus constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and community supporters, to articulate and support the library’s essential role in campus educational programs.
The University Librarian reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2019.
With acceptable academic qualifications the University Librarian will have faculty rank (non-tenure track) and may be eligible for appointment as the Dorothy Bailey Comer Librarian.
This full-time, 12-month administrative position is exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked above 40 in a single work week.
Qualified candidates should submit all of the following (.pdf) format.
• a detailed letter of interest,
• curriculum vitae or academic resume
• the names and contact information for three (3) professional references
Review of applications will begin on begin on February 11, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Only candidates who best match requirements of job will be contacted. Due to limited staff resources, phone calls cannot be accepted or returned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide leadership and oversight for the day-to-day management of the university library and its staff;
Support all educational processes and programs of the University working collaboratively with faculty, students and staff from all schools and colleges;
Identify opportunities for enhancing information literacy across the curriculum;
Continually reimagine the library’s functions in the digital age;
Implement transformational digital initiatives and be knowledgeable about emerging technological resources for scholarly communication;
Coordinate with critical campus offices such as Information Technology Services and the Center for Student Success;
Strengthen the relationship between the library and support groups, such as the Friends of the Library, and partner with relevant offices to develop the philanthropic support base for the library.
Other duties as necessary to meet University needs.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
A master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent degree); doctoral degree preferred.
A minimum of four years supervisory and management experience in a leadership role with professional personnel and library budgets in an academic or research library environment.
Demonstrated experience with/knowledge of current library technologies and trends, and experience with using, selecting, guiding, and shaping library technologies and applications.
Experience in program development and expansion, demonstrated entrepreneurial skills, and experience with supporting diverse learner population needs including students enrolled in online and graduate educational programs.
Skills and experience in strategic planning, fiscal planning, and budget and resource management.
Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and the ability to quickly establish and maintain strong rapport with multiple constituencies in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships inside and outside of the University.
Strong entrepreneurial spirit and a track record of fundraising, including working with donors and/or Friends groups.
Proven ability to manage staff in a positive, cohesive manner, including ensure goals are set, staff receive regular constructive feedback and development opportunities.
Demonstrated organization and planning skills (strategic, short- and long-term) and strong follow-up and follow-through skills to ensure completion of strategic plans, goals and objectives.
Demonstrated evidence of a flexible, energetic, creative, and results-oriented leadership style that promotes trust, autonomy, and accountability.
Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation)
Visual Abilities: Read reports, create presentations and use a computer system –75-100% of the time
Hearing: Hear well enough to communicate with co?workers, vendors and students – 75-100% of the time.
Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling: Write, type and use the telephone, copier, and computer systems – 75-100% of the time.
Mobility: Kneel for physical inspection of storage areas; Open files and operate office machines; move between departments and attend meetings across campus – 75-100% of the time.
Talking: Frequently convey detailed or important instructions and ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly – 75-100% of the time.
Lifting, Pulling, Pushing: Exert up to 40 pounds for force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects – 50-75% of the time.
Cognitive/Emotional: Ability to critically think and concentrate. Must be able to respond quickly to changes in conditions – 75-100% of the time.
Work in classroom, laboratory and office environment, involving contact with students, faculty, staff, service providers and vendors.
Work has deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and may be stressful at times.
May be exposed to potentially toxic chemicals.
The above description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this positions, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of this position.
Nestled in a historic tree-filled neighborhood just minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Queens has provided students with transformational experiences for more than 160 years.
A private, co-ed, masters-level university, Queens serves undergrad and graduate students in academic programs across the liberal arts and sciences as well as the professional fields of business, communication, nursing, health and education. All degree programs are grounded in a liberal arts core to help students hone their critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.
With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, the university is known for its student-centered mentality, welcoming southern hospitality and talented and caring faculty. Queens fosters student success through an intimate learning environment and excellence in teaching.
In keeping with its Presbyterian heritage, responsibility and service to society are critical components of Queens' culture, as expressed in its motto "Not to be served, but to serve."
Queens emphasizes active, collaborative learning with a focus on a 21st century global curriculum that takes students beyond the classroom and into the Charlotte community and the world... at large. With the city of Charlotte as an extended campus, students have the opportunity to launch into abundant internships, community service and academic partnerships. Undergraduate students must complete at least two internships. In addition, the majority of Queens' undergraduates study internationally in hundreds of countries via faculty-led study tours, international internships, language-immersion programs and semester exchange opportunities.
By graduation, students have obtained a comprehensive education grounded in the liberal arts and filled with opportunities to ready them for successful careers and meaningful lives.