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Dean and University Librarian

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”

 

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

 

Job Overview

Parker Executive Search is assisting the University of Cincinnati in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 1, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using Parker's candidate portal. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROLE, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TO THIS POSTING. YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH PARKER EXECUTIVE SEARCH'S CANDIDATE PORTAL.

The University of Cincinnati seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as Dean and University Librarian.  Reporting directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean is the chief administrator over numerous venues, facilities, collections, and oversees a diverse faculty and staff.  The Dean is also a member of the Council of Deans and actively participates in the governance of the university.  As the intellectual and administrative leader of the Libraries, the next Dean will play a key role in developing new ideas and forging consensus among stakeholders to build upon current and past successes and further strengthen the Libraries' presence on campus.  

The Dean will serve a critical role in supporting the university's strategic direction Next Lives Here Next Lives Here and its growth as a premier public research university. Within the University, the Dean operates as a thought leader who partners with other deans, senior administration, faculty, staff, and students to ensure that the Libraries elevate all aspects of of UC's core educational and research enterprise, whether it be in the classroom, in community partnerships, or in creative endeavors.  As such, the Dean coordinates the daily operations of 10 different library locations. The Dean also collaborates closely with the library directors of two regional campus libraries, UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont, and the Law Library director.  The Dean also will lead in outreach/service and engagement by communicating the partnerships and outreach of the Libraries with the broader academic community.  They will advocate, both inside and outside the university, for the support needed to achieve the Libraries' mission and goals; to enhance existing resources; and to elevate the functions and growth of library services.  In addition, the dean will be tasked with continuing the process of innovation, integration of knowledge dissemination across platforms.  For more information, see https://libraries.uc.edu/.

Essential Functions

  • Understand the relationship of the Libraries to the University at large, and work effectively and cooperatively to foster that relationship;
  • Develop a strategic plan that reflects a well-thought-out assessment of the future of the university libraries in the contemporary higher education panorama;
  • With regards to such strategic plan, conceptualize a vision of the Libraries' future that will motivate the staff and faculty and inspire students, equally important is the ability to articulate this vision in terms of measurable goals and a culture of accountability in which results against the goals are reported and accounted for;
  • Articulate, advocate for, and otherwise support academic priorities in line NEXT Lives Here (the University's strategic direction), furthering the University's status as a world-class research and teaching institution;
  • Provide effective leadership and active guidance while facilitating success in fulfilling the Libraries' mission as a public, Research 1 university;
  • Strengthen existing programs and develop new ones to meet the needs of the community;
  • Attract and retain staff and faculty of the highest caliber, providing an environment conducive to professional development and is inclusive to support an outstanding faculty and student body;
  • Build strong external relationships, enhancing those among the Libraries', the University, Cincinnati's dynamic and diverse community;
  • Build, maintain, and strengthen relationships and interdisciplinary collaboration across the campus;

 

Required Experience

A candidate must possess at minimum a Master's in Library or Information Sciences from an American Library Association or internationally accredited program and 5-8 years of library experience, including at least 3 years of administrative or leadership experience.  The candidate shall meet requirements for tenure and appointment to the Library Faculty at the rank of Senior Librarian. 

Additional Qualifications Considered

Additionally, candidates must also demonstrate successful experience in most if not all of the following areas:

  • Administrative experience, preferably at a major research institution similar in scope to the University of Cincinnati;
  • The ability to recruit and retain excellent and diverse faculty and staff in support of a diverse and inclusive community;
  • Successful administrative and budgetary/financial experience;
  • A management style that is emotionally intelligent, inclusive, and decisive, and provides leadership by example;
  • Personal and professional qualities of integrity, compassion, collaboration, intellectual curiosity, honesty, fairness, fortitude, patience and perseverance;
  • A history of sustained success and leadership in library activities;
  • Fundraising experience and success;
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • An entrepreneurial orientation combined with boldness, imagination and abundant energy;
  • Strong understanding of the challenges and issues facing libraries and higher education; and
  • A firm grasp of the opportunities and advantages of the University’s urban setting; and
  • Proven effectiveness in team-building and enabling collaborative engagement that transcends disciplines and initiatives to create sustained success.

Application Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information for at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm. In addition, 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 provide a Contribution to Diversity of Inclusion statement.

Parker Executive Search is assisting the University of Cincinnati in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 1, 2023. Application materials should be submitted using Parker's candidate portal.   TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS ROLE, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY TO THIS POSTING. YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH PARKER EXECUTIVE SEARCH'S CANDIDATE PORTAL.   Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to February 1, 2023.  For additional information, please contact:

 Porsha Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Senior Principal
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875
Atlanta, GA 30328
770-804-1996 ext.: 117
pwilliams@parkersearch.com || eraines@parkersearch.com

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

 

FOR ALL FACULTY HIRES OFFICIAL ACADEMIC TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF HIRE

 

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.

 

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

 

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

 

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Dean and University Librarian

Date:  Jan 4, 2023
Location: 

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus


Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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