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Associate Dean for Library Services

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Date: Jan 18, 2018

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

The University of Cincinnati Libraries seeks a self-motivated, strategic-thinking, innovative, risk-taking and adaptable leader to fill the Associate Dean for Library Services (AD) position. The AD will join an outstanding senior leadership team and will play a leadership role in continuing the transformation of the research library at the university. As a member of the Dean’s Cabinet (Dean’s executive management team) and the Management Council, the AD works collaboratively to further articulate and realize the UC Libraries ambitious vision and strategic directions. Depending on the qualifications and academic experience of the selected candidate, this hire may be eligible for an academic appointment with tenure.


The AD champions the execution and implementation of UC Libraries strategic directions in the arts, humanities, music/performance, and social sciences. The AD has programmatic, strategic, budgetary, managerial and operational responsibilities for the following libraries and public services departments in University of Cincinnati Libraries:  John Miller Burnam Classics Library; Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library (CCM); Robert A Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP); College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services Library (CECH); and the Research, Teaching and Services Department (Langsam Library).


Other management portfolios may be assigned per organizational needs. The AD will develop programs and initiatives, as well as collaborative partnerships within and beyond the organization to move UC Libraries toward its goals.



The AD reports directly to the Dean and University Librarian. The selected candidate has responsibility and authority of the following libraries and public service departments in University of Cincinnati Libraries: John Miller Burnam Classics Library; Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library (CCM); Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP); College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services Library (CECH); and the Research, Teaching and Services Department (Langsam Library).



  1. The AD provides strong and courageous leadership in leading the transformational changes for the libraries/departments reporting to him/her.
  2. The AD plays a leadership and expert role in planning, directing and assessing the services and resources of University of Cincinnati Libraries (UCL) within the context of the University’s mission, the strategic plan, and user needs. The AD complements UC Libraries’ senior management team by providing insights into student and faculty needs and new ways to meet user needs in services, resources, instruction and physical library spaces.
  3. The AD takes full ownership and responsibility for executing and implementing the UC Libraries strategic plan and UCL Emerging Areas of Distinctive Excellence in the areas of his/her responsibility. The AD works with the Dean, Cabinet and Management Advisory Council, as well as division faculty and staff to define needs, set priorities and to establish goals, objectives, action plans, budgets, and resource allocations.
  4. The AD builds strategic and collaborative partnerships on campus and in the community, and partners with faculty and students and community members to strengthen the learning process by integrating the libraries more effectively into the curriculum and enhancing programs and services to students, faculty and the community.
  5. The AD represents UC Libraries at regional, national and global professional engagements with the expectation of raising UC Library’s visibility and reputation as an innovative research library.
  6. The AD recruits, hires, develops and retains top caliber talent and creates a team and culture that is collegial and collaborative, able to meet and exceed user expectations.
  7. The AD sets an example and cultivates an organizational culture that enables and stimulates learning emerging information and digital technologies, and fosters an environment that maximizes emerging technologies for business solutions.
  8. The AD manages financial and other resources in his/her area of responsibilities to meet the goals and objectives of organizational efficiencies and effectiveness.
  9. The AD fosters an atmosphere of collegiality and innovation. The AD creates and promotes a diversity, inclusion and equity in a working environment that is recognized for the respect shown toward to all faculty and staff.
  10. The AD sponsors and leads relevant strategic initiatives and evaluates the division’s operational success in meeting goals and objectives. S/he implements changes to create improved operations and outcomes.
  11. The AD keeps abreast of national and international developments in transformational change in technology enabled public services, digital learning and digital scholarship and user-centric physical spaces at large and academic research libraries.



  1. Graduate degree in Library and Information Science or an advanced degree in a relevant field.
  2. Progressively greater leadership and management experience, including senior level management experience in an academic research library or equivalent.
  3. Ability to initiate and lead the execution of transformational change with great risk-tolerance.
  4. A track record of knowledge and excellent understanding of higher education and its emerging trends, including information technology and digital scholarship trends, as well as experience in leading user services innovations.
  5. Ability to lead effectively across organization lines and in collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups, and produce measurable outcomes in an intensive milestone-driven working environment.
  6. Superior interpersonal and communication skills, especially in understanding and communicating the needs of library users, and inspiring and motivating team members. Strong written, oral, and listening skills needed to persuasively communicate with faculty, staff, and students.
  7. Demonstrated complex analytical, problem-solving and project management skills.
  8. Excellent customer services aptitude and commitment to high quality and responsive service.
  9. Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity, inclusion and equity.
  10. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, remember details, concentrate on tasks, and attend work-related meetings.



  1. Evidence of previous scholarly activities including publications, creative works, presentations, and professional association participation at the regional, national and international level.
  2. Leadership experience in technology-enabled user services, digital humanities/digital scholarship. 
  3. Experience with writing successful grant proposals, and experience in grant implementation.
  4. Previous experience collaborating with fundraising and donor engagement professionals.
  5. Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing complex and multi-disciplinary collaborative projects.
  6. Experience in library assessment programs and incorporating results.


About the University of Cincinnati Libraries:

The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources. The Libraries strive to be a creative and dynamic organization that is recognized as a model provider of access to premier library collections and quality service.


In May 2014, the Libraries launched its Strategic Plan with the vision to become the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university—positioning itself as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus. Through work on the strategic pillars of digital technology/innovations, people, data to information to knowledge and space, and with a strong foundation of a dedicated and knowledgeable staff with unique and advanced skill sets, the Libraries is primed to transform itself, the library landscape and the teaching, learning, clinical and research endeavors of the university.


A founding member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), UC Libraries offers access to an outstanding research library collection of over 4.2 million volumes, over 150,000 serial subscriptions, thousands of full-text articles online and over 1.5 million e-books, in addition to a wide range of services to help faculty, students and scholars with their research needs. UC Libraries include the central Walter C. Langsam Library, plus college and departmental libraries that provide specialized service and collaboration with faculty, researchers and students across the university.


Institutional Background

The Libraries are an integral partner in the university’s efforts to achieve its core mission of teaching, research and community engagement. Through the work of our Strategic Plan, and with the realization of our mission and vision, the Libraries support the six key focus areas outlined in the university’s Third Century initiative and reflected in the UC2019 Academic Master Plan:

  • Optimizing our enrollment strategy
  • Building the resource base
  • Investing in faculty
  • Leveraging our research 
  • Re-imagining the student experience
  • Excelling in e-Learning

The City of Cincinnati

The greater metropolitan area is home to over two million people. The downtown area offers a variety of restaurants and museums, including the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The city’s river, parks, and activities are a short walk from the downtown landmark, Fountain Square, including Great American Ball Park (home of baseball’s oldest franchise, the Reds), Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Bengals), and U.S. Bank Arena (home of the city’s minor-league hockey team, the Cyclones). The city also is host of an international men’s and women’s tennis tournament, the Western & Southern Open. The Cincinnati Zoo, one of the country’s most respected, is located one block from the medical campus.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


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