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Director, Collins Memorial Library
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University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington

The University of Puget Sound (Puget Sound), one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges and among a select few “Colleges that Change Lives,” located in Tacoma, Washington, seeks a collaborative and visionary library professional to be its next Director of Collins Memorial Library. With a distinguished President, an engaged and committed board of trustees, a dynamic and dedicated senior leadership team, passionate students, and exceptional faculty and staff, Puget Sound has a strong momentum to achieve its ambitions 10-year strategic plan, Leadership for a Changing World, which challenges the University to be bold and forward-looking in the delivery of education and in meeting the needs of current and future generations of students. The Library Director will play a key role in guiding the future direction of the organization and defining the role the library plays in advancing institutional excellence, academic distinction, and student success at Puget Sound. As a leading liberal arts college, Puget Sound ranks #89 among National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report and is in the unique position of being the sole independent liberal arts college in Western Washington and one of five in the Pacific Northwest.

Over the years, the Collins Memorial Library has continuously and proactively adapted to changing student and faculty needs and expectations around the library as a source of information literacy and a place of community. Recent additions include a Makerspace that brings students and faculty together in new and creative ways; the addition of 24/7 chat reference; the integration of library instruction into first-year seminars; the transformation of research and reference services through a library liaison program; the development of a peer research advising program; the adaptation of Archives and Special Collections to support research projects; and new services like OCR for Canvas and interlibrary loan system. Collins Memorial Library is a proud and active member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance. The library staff are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their efforts to create a welcoming environment for all users. The library also serves as a space for the greater Tacoma community to gather, as evidenced by the most recent “Dreams” exhibit showcasing 150 international artists.

The Library Director will provide vision, leadership, and management of library resources, services, and spaces to enhance the mission and strategic goals of Puget Sound. As a valued member of the Academic Affairs team, they will engage with and advance the educational values of Puget Sound and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion to foster an environment that is welcoming for all. The Library Director will report to the Provost of Puget Sound, Drew Kerkhoff, Ph.D. who joined Puget Sound in July 2023 and will work with a dedicated staff ready to champion the work of the library.

The Library Director will be expected to address the following key opportunities and challenges:

• Develop a compelling vision for the future of the library

• Foster a unified culture with transparency, support, and inclusion among library staff

• Advocate for and champion the work of the library

• Collaborate with campus partners to make academic support resources and services more visible and accessible to students

The anticipated salary range for this position is $125,000 to $150,000 annually and is commensurate with related experience and qualifications. The University of Puget Sound offers excellent https://www.pugetsound.edu/human-resources/benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, and tuition benefits. Puget Sound is located in Tacoma, Washington, a city that is situated on the shores of Commencement Bay, with the Olympic Mountains to the west, the Cascade Range to the east, and Mount Rainier visible from campus on clear days. The pedestrian-friendly city offers an ever-growing array of locally-owned and created vintage boutiques; independent bookstores; museums; restaurants; and coffee shops that define the region, as well as the 760-acre Point Defiance Park, including a zoo, aquarium, hiking trails, marina, and ferry service to nearby Vashon Island.

Puget Sound has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://apptrkr.com/4888812. Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti, Luciano Zuniga, and Katie Pusecker-Kilcawley
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111

University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified persons based on job-related criteria. The University will not engage in or tolerate any discrimination or harassment in the workplace as prohibited by local, state, or federal law. More specifically, no applicant or staff member will be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of their sex, race, color, nation of origin, religion, creed, age, disability, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, veteran or military status, gender identity and expression, genetic information, socioeconomic class, the languages spoken, documentation status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
Position: Director, Collins Memorial Library
Organization: University of Puget Sound
Location: Tacoma,  WA 
United States
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Date Posted: 1/2/2024
Status: This listing expires on: 3/2/2024
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University of Puget Sound

Tacoma,  WA 98416
United States
Julie Filizetti, Luciano Zuniga, and Katie Pusecker-Kilcawley