Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the University’s libraries, and provides strategic vision and operational leadership to all aspects of the library program. The Dean, thinking broadly about how the libraries facilitate faculty scholarship, undergraduate and graduate education, and public engagement, will generate a culture of inclusivity and community. Further, the Dean will effectively define, articulate, and promote the contributions of the libraries, their collections, and their initiatives to University, regional, and national constituencies, serving as advocate and spokesperson for the UConn Libraries.
Specifically, the Dean is responsible for:
- Planning and implementing strategies to enhance services and collections, including ongoing development of collections aligned with academic program growth;
- Engagement with and support of the University’s research agenda;
- Assessment and promotion of the quality of the library’s learning environment, and continued development of outstanding and effective library instructional programs;
- Innovative advancement of library technology and furthering the creative use of emerging technologies;
- Effectively managing library financial, capital, and human resources to maximize the delivery of library and research services;
- Implementation of the library’s master plan, and continuous improvement of library facilities and spaces;
- Maintenance of a cohesive, energetic, service-oriented environment for a diverse workforce; and
- Advocacy and fundraising through the cultivation of donors and outside constituents.
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is one of the nation’s leading public research universities. Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant college and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, where this position is based, four regional campuses throughout the state, a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health center. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including more than 23,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate/professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 20 public universities in the nation.
Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent, or a doctoral degree, and a distinguished record of accomplishment in higher education, private sector, professional practice, or public service commensurate with the expectations for appointment as a university librarian. Individuals with a doctoral degree and academic credentials commensurate with the rank of a full Professor in a UConn department may be considered for a tenured appointment in an appropriate academic department.
The successful candidate must have the following traits:
- A distinguished record of librarianship with the expertise to creatively address issues at the forefront of library and information services.
- Strong proficiency in program management and interdisciplinary coordination within a complex research library environment.
- Knowledge of digital technologies in library sciences, and a record of successful implementation of such technologies.
- A profound sense of integrity and professionalism.
- A deep commitment to excellence.
- A clear ability to use good judgment and make sound decisions.
- An energetic leadership style that invites collaboration, encourages teamwork, welcomes diverse perspectives, and values transparency.
- Distinctive ability in managing change, resolving conflict, and building consensus.
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills, including tactfulness, a high level of emotional intelligence and concern for others, and the ability to navigate controversy gracefully and treat all people with civility and respect.
The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred characteristics:
- A sophisticated understanding of current issues and trends nationally and in higher education research and teaching.
- The ability to develop and articulate a vision for the University’s libraries and to develop and implement effective strategic plans, including the ability to translate institutional strategy into operational goals, and to specify and prioritize short and long-range objectives.
- Experience as an agent of innovation and change achieving excellence across a complex organization.
- A demonstrable track-record of administrative achievement that gives strong evidence of his or her capacity to manage a complex organization, including its budget, workforce, and programs.
- The skills to navigate the organizational, political, and fiscal realities unique to a major public research university, and to make changes to improve current practice, including effective advocacy for the resources required to uphold mandates and achieve aspirations.
- Demonstrated success as an educator.
- Demonstrated experience at a research university or in a comparable research-intensive environment, and success as an administrator committed to the search for new knowledge.
- Demonstrated ability to imagine new possibilities for the libraries.
- Demonstrated capability to effectively manage professional and support staff, including hiring, motivating, training, developing, and evaluating the job performance of employees.
- A record of accomplishment with respect to promoting diversity, including assessing needs, developing initiatives, and applying best practices.
- Significant experience with outreach and cross-organizational cooperation.
- A track record of success with cultivation of donors and fundraising.
- The ability to work productively and cooperatively with administrators, faculty, students, staff, educators, and community leaders as partners to advance the University’s research, teaching, engagement, outreach, and service missions.
- Experience and/or the clear potential to represent the libraries articulately and compellingly to external constituencies, enhancing the visibility and impact of its work while increasing gifts, funded research, and other mission-aligned revenue.
- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal skills; the ability to communicate the libraries’ needs, plans, and programs effectively.
- A genuine appreciation of and good rapport with students.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.
Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.
A complete application will include a letter expressing interest in the position and describing relevant experiences, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of five references with titles,
mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers and email addresses. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should provide the name, position, address, telephone number, and email address of the nominee.
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the University of Connecticut in the search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be made to:
Shelley Sullivan, Executive Search Consultant
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