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General Statement of Duties: The executive director will possess the vision and leadership skills necessary to advance the library and its core mission, to expand its role within the university’s curriculum and community, and to lead the development of creative and innovative programming. Experience in library management, including strategic planning and assessment, is essential. The executive director should also have experience with the latest developments in pedagogy, as well as innovative library technologies and initiatives. The ideal candidate will possess understanding of the tenure process and have experience working in a unionized environment. The executive director will further work collaboratively with the academic deans to develop and implement policies and programs that support the university’s academic mission, including in key areas of information literacy, and s/he will be responsible for developing partnerships with external constituencies that will assist in strengthening the university’s strategic goal of community outreach. The executive director will participate in and contribute to long-range and strategic planning activities for the Division of Academic Affairs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Working in consultation with the professional librarians and staff, define and articulate the vision, strategic directions, and priorities of the library while supporting the university’s mission and strategic plan.
Provide administrative and academic stewardship for library facilities, resources, and services.
Oversee recruitment, supervise library staff; mentor librarians; support and facilitate library staff professional development.
Develop and maintain a dynamic work environment that promotes diversity and inclusion and values creativity, teamwork, innovation and transparency.
Work with academic departments to achieve mutual goals for the educational programs of the university.
Work with the Technology Department to investigate, implement, and assess new technologies and their impact on student learning.
Establish collaborative relationships across campus and with other institutions to ensure the library is meeting the needs of all constituents.
Foster the use of library services within all educational programs, including distance education and online courses, assuring equity in access.
Participate in the university’s Strategic Plan and Academic Plan. Direct program development for the campus library, including the development of annual goals and objectives aligned to strategic plan, academic plan, technology plan, and facilities plan.
Serve as primary liaison while building relationships for the Library with community members, staff, faculty and students, constituents, and various external organizations.
In consultation with library staff, responsible for formulating and implementing policies as they relate to library services.
Oversee the development, coordination, planning, access, and policies for print and digital collections.
Prepare various reports for the University and outside agencies as needed.
Represent the library at professional organizations and committees (e.g., MCCLPHEI, ARC, etc.).
Perform other related duties with or without accommodation as assigned.
Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution (ALA accredited, MLS or MLIS required).
Significant experience in all areas of academic library administration with a minimum of five years of progressive responsibility.
Experience with recruiting, hiring, managing, mentoring, and developing librarians and paraprofessional staff.
Strong interpersonal communication, leadership, and collaboration skills, both within and outside the library, including academic departments and community members
Significant experience with budget development, project planning, and assessment of administrative practices as it relates to projects, services, and programming.
Familiarity and experience with advocacy for emerging technology trends and an understanding of their impact on library services and education.
Demonstrated management techniques that exemplify transparency and accountability; build trust between and among individuals and groups; and elicit creativity, commitment, and high performance from employees.
Successful record of promoting awareness and use of library resources and services.
Experience in fundraising and/or grant writing for library or non-profit organizations.
Ability to work in a strongly collaborative environment across multiple academic and administrative areas, with an emphasis on supporting teaching, learning, and scholarship through the use of library resources and services.
Experience in a collective bargaining environment desirable.
Successful experience interacting with culturally diverse populations and students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
Experience with public service programs and library-led community outreach efforts.
Engaged with current library scholarship and research.
Must be able to satisfactorily pass a check conducted by the Criminal History Systems Board (CORI) as well as a completed background check satisfactory to the university.
Ability to perform above duties with or without reasonable accommodations.
Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students.