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Vice/Associate Dean

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Vice/Associate Dean
Department Libraries - Administration (1701)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

University of Arizona Libraries seeks an experienced, strategic leader to join its senior leadership team. Appointment may be at the Vice Dean or Associate Dean level, depending on the experience and expertise of the selected candidate. The ideal candidate will be a strategic-thinking, innovative, energetic leader with a keen sense of the evolving roles of research libraries in the changing landscape of higher education. Direct reporting departments would include some or all of the following, depending on hiring at the Vice or Associate Dean level: Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, Special Collections, Access and Information Services, Research and Learning, and Technology Strategies and Services. The Vice/Associate Dean will also play a key role in talent recruitment and development.

This position is a member of the Libraries Cabinet (leadership, policy, and management body) and the Deans Working Group (executive leadership team) and reports to the Dean of Libraries. As part of the senior leadership team, the Vice/Associate Dean would be involved in strategic planning, budgeting, donor development, and personnel recruitment and management. If selected as Vice Dean, the individual would also serve as the lead administrator in the absence of the Dean, and oversee the day-to-day operations of the library system, working closely with other library administrators and department heads.

This is a continuing-eligible, academic professional position. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us.

Also visit the Vice/Associate Dean webpage to view a message from our Dean, Shan Sutton.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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This award-winning portfolio includes consecutive Seal of Distinction awards for its exemplary Work-Life practices from WorldatWork, along with the 2017 Gold Healthy Arizona Worksite award, presented by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. For more information about the collaborative culture and innovative service offerings at the University of Arizona, visit click here.

Duties & Responsibilities

• Works closely with the Dean in the overall administration of the Libraries and, if hired at the Vice Dean level, is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, serving as the primary Libraries administrator in the absence of the Dean.
• Provides administrative oversight, including supporting Department Heads in a supervisory capacity, for all or some combination of these departments, depending on hiring at the Vice or Associate Dean level: Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, Special Collections, Access and Information Services, Research and Learning, and Technology Strategies and Services.
• As a member of the Libraries’ Deans Working Group and Libraries Cabinet, participates in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the Libraries that contributes significantly to the mission of the University.
• Participates in strategic planning.
• Participates in Libraries-wide budget decisions, including budgeting to the strategic plan.
• Advocates for Libraries’ initiatives, services and partnerships by developing strong relationships with University faculty and administrators.
• Works closely with the Director of Development on fundraising strategies and donor development.
• Plays a key role in the recruitment of library faculty members and appointed professionals.
• Facilitates the development of a diverse, learning-oriented staff.
• Anticipates, initiates, and responds to changes in the environment, and keeps abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library profession to ensure that the Libraries and the University achieve their goals.
• Engages in professional activities at the regional and/or national level with library and/or higher education organizations.
• Embraces agility in a changing environment and is committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
• Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
• Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives
• Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution; or other relevant advanced degree.
• Extensive administrative experience (at least five years) within an academic library at the department head level or higher.
• Broad, in-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas: information technology, scholarly communication, instruction, access/public services, and special collections.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to balance inclusivity and consultation with efficiency and accountability.
• Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them.
• Ability to promote and advocate for the Libraries’ essential roles in support of the university’s mission and strategic directions.
• Active scholarship and professional service sufficient for appointment at the Associate or Full Librarian level.

Preferred Qualifications

• Background in information technology.

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21842
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Krissandra McNeill
Human Resources

Open Date 06/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 07/21/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Master's degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution; or other relevant advanced degree?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents