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Associate University Librarian

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Rutgers University-Newark

Newark, New Jersey


Rutgers University seeks a service-minded and innovative leader to be the next Associate University Librarian (AUL) of the John Cotton Dana Library. This is a moment of significant change across the campus, with shifts in leadership and the final elements of a new vision of the Rutgers University Libraries falling into place. The Rutgers-Newark AUL will be a critical leadership placement for the Libraries. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Campus Libraries, the next AUL will be tasked with working effectively in a centralized system while serving as a leader on the Rutgers-Newark campus. They will be responsible for 9 tenured, tenure-track faculty, and non-tenure track faculty, and 11 professional staff in a unionized environment. The AUL will work to build connections within the libraries, across campus, and throughout the institution. They must have a record of scholarship and service, which qualifies them to be immediately tenurable as they will oversee the tenure and promotion process for Library faculty. Under the vision of “One Rutgers” and “One Library,” the AUL will serve as a strategic leader within the unified Rutgers Library as well as on the Rutgers-Newark campus to grow and position their team to best serve the many varied stakeholders while leveraging efficiencies across the Rutgers University Libraries system.


As part of one of the most diverse universities in the country, the next AUL will support and enhance Rutgers-Newark’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and accessibility. They must have a personal commitment to those values and live them out through their work. The AUL will exemplify their commitment to inclusion by recruiting and retaining diverse and excellent faculty and staff, seeking out collections that represent the multi-faceted student body and cultures around the world, as well as ensuring that the materials and services are accessible to not only the Rutgers community but the Newark community as well. The connection between Rutgers-Newark and the Newark community is strong and enduring, and the next AUL will serve as a touchpoint for those in the community who utilize the library’s services. The AUL will embrace community members and celebrate the city of Newark as an integral partner of the John Cotton Dana Library.


Rutgers University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a CV and letter of interest, should be submitted via the Isaacson, Miller website search page.


Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


Sean Farrell (he/him), Partner

Melissa DePretto Behan (she/her), Senior Associate

Drew Chang (she/her), Search Coordinator

Isaacson, Miller


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military status or any other category protected by law. As an institution, Rutgers values diversity of background and opinion, and prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.

Position: Associate University Librarian
Organization: Rutgers University-Newark
Location: Newark,  NJ 
United States
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 6/21/2024
Status: This listing expires on: 8/20/2024
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Rutgers University-Newark

Newark,  NJ 07102
United States