Vice Provost & Dean - Library
Requisition Number: STFR003456
Location: Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time
Northeastern University seeks a visionary and dynamic leader for the position of Vice Provost for Information Collaboration and Dean, University Libraries (Vice Provost & Dean) to guide the Library, campus and global network of students, staff, and faculty in their innovative, collaborative, and collegial growth. The University's recent trajectory is impressive; Northeastern University was recognized as an R1 institution in the Carnegie Classification System in 2016. Working with a newly-arrived Provost and a very strong academic and administrative leadership team, the Vice Provost & Dean will be involved in central curricular and research activities on campus and will develop relationships across the city, country, and world.
The incoming Vice Provost for Information Collaboration and Dean, University Libraries will come into a well-connected, strong library in the center of the great growth its institution is experiencing. Serving as a connector between faculty and students, between members of a wide array of Schools and Colleges, and between the Library and external entities, the Vice Provost & Dean will serve as an ambassador both on campus and off. In the central roles of educator and scholar, facilitator and leader, the Vice Provost & Dean will articulate and implement Northeastern's vision for the innovative research library of the coming century.
The Vice Provost & Dean will have oversight of the Library's $14 million budget and approximately seventy staff. Reporting directly to the Provost, the Vice Provost & Dean participates on the Council of Deans. The Vice Provost & Dean will collaborate actively with the Chief Information Officer, a peer within the Provost's Office. Operationally, the Vice Provost & Dean is responsible for strategic planning, budgeting and financial management, human resources, and information technology, and development of collections, services, and programs.
In the newly envisioned role of Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, the Vice Provost & Dean will play an active part in coordinating information-related efforts across the campus - ranging from streaming media to records management and the University's strategy regarding textbooks. This streamlining of initiatives from many sites at Northeastern will greatly increase the institution's efficiency and ability to deliver. This title also recognizes the active role that the Vice Provost & Dean plays in bringing all levels of academics and researchers from all disciplines together in collaborative endeavors.
Key Opportunities and Challenges
The incoming Vice Provost & Dean of the Snell Library will have the opportunity to sustain and increase the ability of the library to deliver on its mission to be a true partner in the teaching and research enterprise of the University. Northeastern has grown tremendously in size and stature over the last decade, and keeping pace with this growth is both an opportunity and a challenge for the Vice Provost & Dean. Creating a supportive partnership with the new research profile while matching resources to needs is a crucial balance. Sustaining a culture of innovation without dramatic increases in staffing levels or footprint is also a challenge that must be embraced and met by the new Vice Provost & Dean. Empowering and encouraging staff development in order to be positioned well as the Library evolves will be crucial to the Library's and the University's continued success.
Recognizing actively that learning has no boundaries, Northeastern has recently initiated its Student Assessed Integrated Learning (SAIL) initiative. In order to fully harness the breadth and depth of learning opportunities through which students develop, SAIL equips students with tools for mapping every experience, in and out of the classroom, to a set of competencies, skills, and abilities. Through all interactions with students and indirectly through staff and faculty interactions, every member of the Library takes on the role of educator - both through traditional librarianship and the growing Makerspace and its innovative technologies. The incoming Vice Provost & Dean, at the head of this central resource to the University, will have many opportunities to be involved in the discussion and implementation of SAIL.
While the physical library and its offerings are crucial to Northeastern's Boston campus, Snell Library, its staff, and its holdings are also vital to the experience of the University's students, staff, and faculty at distant locations such as regional campuses or in co-op employment. Continuing to work with and for all of these groups will be an exciting opportunity.
The Vice Provost & Dean must have the vision to foresee new opportunities and roles for the 21st-century academic library, both within research and curriculum. Working both with training and deployment of staff and material resources, the Vice Provost & Dean must be able to manage a highly collaborative and complex organization with skill, integrity, respect, and humor. A commitment to open communication and consultative leadership combined with strong interpersonal, problem solving, and decision-making skills is crucial to achieving the aspirations of the University.
The Vice Provost & Dean must have experience working in collaborative, entrepreneurial, innovative, and quick-paced environments and must possess a deep understanding of issues relevant to academic librarianship, including pedagogy and inquiry, scholarly communication and publishing, information literacy, digital libraries and library technologies, strategic planning, and fundraising.
As a campus administrator, the Vice Provost & Dean must forge strong, collaborative relationships with academic deans and leaders of administrative support units to further increase the integration of library resources and services into campus activities and the broader campus strategy. The Vice Provost & Dean will provide consultation on campus decisions regarding teaching and learning, open access, data repositories, and other significant issues involving information sharing and data management.
A masters degree in an ALA accredited library and information science program (or equivalent) or an advanced degree (e.g., PhD) is required. The successful candidate will have many of the following experiences, capabilities, and personal attributes:
Extensive leadership experience of progressive responsibility within a complex, collaborative and service-oriented institution such as a research library;
A substantial record of research, publication, and/or professional contributions;
Knowledge of current trends in information technology and scholarly communication as well as in academic librarianship;
Demonstrated experience and success in managing personnel, budgets, collections, services, and information technologies;
Commitment to cultural diversity and equal opportunity;
A highly collegial, consultative, non-hierarchical management style and the ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships;
Demonstrated effectiveness in fundraising; and
Skill and passion for advocating for Snell Library and for effectively communicating the value and impact of an academic library to the larger campus community, including alumni, donors, and external partners.
The final candidate will have to successfully pass a background check. Please send nominations and applications along with a detailed letter of interest and qualifications and current curriculum vitae, to the Neumann Executive Search Partners team working on this search Beth Schaefer (principal), Liz Neumann (principal), and Kristine OBrien, PhD at Northeastern_Library@neumannsearch.com
Please visit northeastern.edu for further information on Northeastern University.
This position requires a criminal background check.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern
Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.
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