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SUNY New Paltz – Dean of Sojourner Truth Library

Job Description – Dean of  Sojourner Truth Library

The State University of New York at New Paltz announces an unparalleled opportunity to lead the Sojourner Truth Library through a period of renewal that includes a major renovation of our physical building and our transition to a 21st century library. We invite applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Sojourner Truth Library (STL).

Reporting to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the Sojourner Truth Library provides strategic leadership for all functions of the Library in collaboration with other academic units and in support of the mission of SUNY New Paltz.

The Dean will represent the Library in college administrative groups and engage in partnerships to further integrate the Library’s mission and the strategic directions of SUNY New Paltz. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, the Dean will build connections college-wide, integrating library resources and services with academic departments and support services. The Dean will create an environment which provides positive goals for staff, fosters meaningful teams and encourages professional development and growth. The Dean will work closely with staff to improve Library services and foster a supportive and productive community of scholarly achievement.

The following qualifications will be considered in review of applications:

  • A master’s or higher degree in librarianship/information sciences from an ALA-accredited institution or an international equivalent is required
  • Managerial experience in positions of increasing responsibility
  • Strong interpersonal & communication skills
  • Effective administrative and leadership experience
  • Evidence of support to faculty in developing innovative and responsive curricula
  • Experience with and commitment to building and maintaining a diverse library faculty and staff
  • Experience in personnel matters, including staff development and team building
  • Experience in developing and sustaining collegial collaboration
  • Broad and critical understanding of the major issues and
  • emerging trends in libraries and librarianship
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Experience in managing or implementing a building renovation, or a willingness to learn
  • Record of advocating for the interests of the Library
  • Experience with and/or willingness to participate in fundraising
  • Active service in regional, state and national higher education and/or library organizations
  • Commitment to and appreciation of the role and mission of American public higher education

Qualified applicants should submit the following: a letter of application addressing qualifications and describing interest in the position; a statement of educational leadership philosophy; current curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and the names, titles, affiliations, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two additional professional references.

Applications accepted until position filled, priority given to applications received by 3/15/12.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Office of Human Resources at

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