TITLE: Associate Dean of Library Services
LIBRARY: Western Carolina University/Hunter Library
CITY: Cullowhee, North Carolina
SALARY: Salary is commensurate with qualifications. This is a twelve-month, non-tenure-track position with a generous 24 days of vacation leave annually.
Minimum Training & Experience Requirements
Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution; demonstrated educational leadership experiences, including supervision; successful administrative experiences in an academic, research, or similar library setting; thorough understanding of academic libraries and the ways in which current and emerging technologies are affecting traditional services and collections; exceptional human relations and communication skills; strong commitment to diversity; demonstrated abilities to recruit, develop, and retain a talented staff; expertise in strategic planning and project management; and experience with and knowledge of human resources, assessment, and business and data analysis principles as applied to libraries.
Second post baccalaureate degree in a related field; demonstrated professional growth through involvement in state and/or national organizations; record of disciplinary scholarship; and history of high-energy leadership with enthusiasm for problem-solving, risk-taking, and innovation. Experience conducting assessments of spaces, programs, and services.
This position functions as the deputy administrator for the library and is responsible for assisting with strategic planning and program development; assessing library programs and services; overseeing facilities management and space planning; leading library communications, publicity, and marketing programs; and representing and acting on behalf of the dean in campus and community activities.
To apply, access our online employment system at https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/5068. You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume, and names and telephone numbers of three references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For more information, contact Sarah Steiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the University
Western Carolina University (WCU) is an enrollment growth campus within the University of North Carolina system and is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While in a rural setting, the university is one hour from Asheville, and only three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte. WCU’s mission is “to improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in our region, state, and nation through engaged learning opportunities in our academic programs, educational outreach, research, and creative and cultural activities.” The university library is at the core of this mission and the university’s strategic plan (adopted in 2012).
A “Carnegie Engaged” university, WCU has important educational and service connections to the Western North Carolina region. This region of the Southern Appalachians is famous for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee reservation (the largest east of the Mississippi), the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (one of the most popular parks in the US), the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Asheville.
About the Library
The university library is housed in Hunter Library on the WCU campus and extends services to distance education and instructional sites in Asheville and Cherokee. WCU’s library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to the university community. Library staff are dedicated to the thoughtful integration of print and digital resources and to supporting the information literacy development of students and the teaching and research needs of faculty.
The library has three departments comprised of 19 faculty and 30 staff members. The Content Organization and Management (COM) department selects, acquires, organizes and manages intellectual content to support the learning, teaching, and scholarship activities of the WCU community. COM includes 5 librarians and 10 support staff members and is responsible for a collection budget of approximately $1.5 million. The collection includes approximately 610,000 print and 455,000 e-books and provides access to more than 62,000 journals; the library has 11 digital collections. The library provides support across the university for open access, data management, and work in the digital humanities.
Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. In addition, Western Carolina University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment. Final candidates for employment are subject to a criminal background check. All new employees are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment.