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Oswego – Associate Director

State University of New York at Oswego seeks a progressive, enthusiastic Associate Library Director to help define the vision for Penfield Library’s future and to lead in developing and enhancing library services and programs.  Reporting to the Library Director, the Associate Director will be actively engaged in projects including assessing and improving key services, expanding support for online and global learning experiences, and planning for building renovations.

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin May 15, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary:  Commensurate with rank and experience.

Date of Appointment:              August 1, 2013

Description of Responsibilities:   The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Serve on the Library Advisory Board and appropriate library and college committees.
  • Coordinate library assessment efforts, in support of institutional priorities.
  • Coordinate library communications and promotion, including social media and participation on website development team.
  • Serve as liaison to student community for building use, service learning experiences, and development of new services.
  • Key member of the library renovation team, which includes assisting with planning and oversight of construction projects.
  • Liaison to Facilities and Maintenance Departments regarding building management issues.
  • Partner with Library Director to develop and oversee library programming, including programs promoting global/multicultural awareness.
  • In the absence of the Library Director, responsible for all operations of the library, staff supervision, and representation of the library at college functions.
  • In cooperation with librarian supervisors coordinate the hiring and evaluation of classified staff; participate in the hiring and supervision of part-time librarians.
  • Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and/or instruction.
  • Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and electronic reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A Master’s degree in Librarianship/Information Sciences from an ALA accredited program.
  • Four years of experience supervising and/or coordinating professional staff, including a strong record of effective project leadership, problem solving skills, and engagement with complex issues in a changing environment. 
  • Experience in a variety of areas of library operations, including some work in public services (e.g., access services, reference and/or instruction). 
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills. 
  • Scholarly and/or professional contributions appropriate to level of experience. 
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written word with key constituencies — including faculty, staff, and students; and the ability to facilitate communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. 
  • Experience working effectively with diverse populations.   

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Experience with library marketing.
  • Experience with assessment efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to maximize the benefits of new technology for librarianship, teaching and scholarship.
  • Successful grant writing experience.

To Apply:  We accept online applications only.  Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a curriculum vita, and contact information for three current references electronically to

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