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Assoc. Dean of Libs. @ Univ. of Colorado Boulder

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Subject: Assoc. Dean of Libs. @ Univ. of Colorado Boulder
Date Posted: 18/Sep/2013 at 5:49pm
University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Position Announcement

Associate Dean of Libraries

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries seeks an experienced, highly-motivated, and innovative professional for the position of Associate Dean of Libraries. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Associate Dean will play a critical role in continuing the evolution of a 21st century research library at the University. As a member of the Libraries Executive Committee and the Management Team, the Associate Dean works collaboratively to articulate the vision and strategic direction of the Libraries. The Libraries’ senior leadership and organizational structure have recently undergone substantial transition. As a result, the organization continues to pursue positive change in the provision of services, collections, and instruction as well as increased emphasis on the areas of research data management, special collections and archives, digital collections, and scholarly communications. The Associate Dean will play an important role in moving the Libraries forward in these areas.

The Libraries seeks an individual with an inclusive leadership style and strong communication skills, including the ability to consider issues from a variety of perspectives. This position currently oversees and coordinates the operations of approximately 19 faculty and 70 staff in the following departments: Archives & Special Collections, Circulation, Metadata Services, and Scholarly Resource Development (which includes Collections and Acquisitions), as well as the Programming and Communications Unit. Working with the Executive Committee and the Management Team, the Associate Dean plays a leadership role in the formulation and assessment of Libraries-wide services, policies, and diversity initiatives. The Associate Dean must be committed to user-centered collections and services and will collaborate with the Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and department directors as well as campus constituencies to develop strategic directions and assess service quality.

Significant parts of the responsibilities of this position are research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Required Qualifications

●        MLS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent;

●        At least seven years of experience in an academic or research library, preferably in any of the following areas: metadata services, collections, acquisitions, archives, special collections, access services, or scholarly communications;

●        A proven record of successful leadership in progressively responsible positions managing librarians and staff;

●        Awareness of current trends and demonstrated success in leading and fostering strategic innovation in a rapidly changing and complex academic and/or research environment;

●        Embraces, models, and encourages teamwork, collaboration, relationship-building, and mentoring;

●        Ability to work effectively and creatively to develop partnerships in a complex and rapidly changing library, campus, university system, and community;

●        Demonstrated commitment to customer service;

●        Ability to anticipate and adapt to changing needs and priorities in order to effect positive outcomes;

●        Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity and inclusion;

●        Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;

●        Demonstrated record of scholarship, publication, and professional service.

About the University and Libraries: As the flagship university of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) – and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region – we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies. Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries shares this vision and mission. Librarians are engaged at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, is the largest library collection in the Rocky Mountain region.

Appointment and Salary:   The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member. Depending upon professional experience and demonstrated accomplishments in scholarly activity, creative work, and service, appointment may be at the level of assistant professor or above. Preference will be given to candidates eligible to be hired at the associate professor level or above. The salary is competitive and benefits include 22 working days vacation; 10 paid holidays; liberal sick leave; University group health care plan; group life insurance; TIAA/CREF, Fidelity, or Vanguard retirement/annuity; and support for scholarly/professional activities.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by October 18, 2013, in order to be given full consideration. Application must be made online at, and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU. The full position description can be viewed at

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.   Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at In addition, the University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.


Dylan Wiersma

University of Colorado Libraries

Dean’s Office, Norlin N210

184 UCB

Boulder, CO 80309


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