General Description of Position:
Kansas State University Libraries (www.lib.k-state.edu) seek a highly motivated and innovative leader for position of Associate Dean for Content Management and Scholarly Communications. The AD position is a full-time senior administrator that possesses an understanding of the changing landscape of academic libraries. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide leadership and expertise to refine and reposition collections and technical services in the context of emerging trends to meet evolving needs of the university community. The incumbent is expected to support equity and inclusion efforts in the libraries and university setting, showing the ability to work with a diverse population. This position, one of two associate deans, reports to the Dean of Libraries and directly supervises three department heads: Content Development/Acquisitions, Metadata/Preservation/Digital Initiatives, and Center for Advancement of Digital Scholarship.
Diversity and Inclusion:
Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff. Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.
Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years. Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.
Areas of emphasis and main responsibilities include:
- Provide library leadership through shared decision-making for library-wide planning, personnel decisions, resource management, organizational effectiveness, and program and policy development through active participation and collaboration with the Senior Administration Team and the Strategic Leadership Council.
- Assist the dean with overall library administration, assist as requested with donor relations, represent the libraries at professional organization membership meetings and act in dean’s absence.
- Analyze and plan for allocation of new resources or reallocation of existing human and financial resources to meet current needs and anticipate future priorities.
- Develop holistic collection strategies in the context of emerging trends and new definitions of collections that ensure the libraries’ collection budget aligns with university priorities for teaching and research.
- Promote growth of digital collections and ensure digital and print preservation of materials.
- Support evolution of and advocate for the institutional repository (K-REX) and library publishing activities through New Prairie Press, and other opportunities for open access and scholarly communication issues.
- Ensure access and discoverability of library resources through metadata best practices.
- Improve and promote systematic assessment of collections and services within the Content Management and Scholarly Communications division.
- Serve as the libraries’ representative on university councils as needed (e.g. Global Campus Advisory Committee, College Advisory Council for International Programs).
- Provide mentoring, guidance, and empowerment to libraries’ faculty and staff with evolving work roles.
- Contribute to the profession through publications, formal presentations, and participation in relevant professional associations.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
- American Library Association Accredited Masters of Library and Information Sciences degree.
- Record of progressively more responsible supervisory, managerial, and administrative duties with demonstrated ability to support, mentor and develop faculty/staff, and work effectively with others in an academic/ research library or related environment.
- Demonstrated leadership capability, deep knowledge of issues and trends, and extensive experience in one or more of the following areas: collections/acquisitions/resource sharing, preservation, metadata standards, and scholarly communications.
- Experience with budget administration, including preparation and analysis.
- Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships within the libraries and on campus as well as locally and regionally.
- Highly developed interpersonal skills; strong communication, problem-solving, organizational, and decision-making skills.
- Demonstrated management style that is flexible, inclusive and committed to staff development.
- Capacity to thrive in an environment of change and to foster that capacity in others.
- A record of scholarly and professional achievement appropriate for tenure at K-State Libraries.
- Experience at the department chair, director, associate dean or dean level in an academic or research library.
- Successful acquisition of grant, donor, or other funding for projects or initiative.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To apply, please submit an application along with:
- A letter of application. To greatly strengthen your application, please apply your communication skills to clearly address the position responsibilities and qualifications listed above, and demonstrate how your work style, vision, and other distinctive qualities would enhance our organization.
- A curriculum vitae.
- Names and contact information for three references.
Screening of Applications Begins:
Priority screening of applications begins May 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.
Background Screening Statement:
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.