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Director - University Library

Apply now Job no: 507798
Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Library
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade
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General Summary of Position:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a nationally ranked research university that is committed to excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. The University strives to prepare students to succeed in college and to become lifelong learners and informed citizens in a global environment. The University Library supports this mission of research, education, and community engagement. The Director of University Library should be a visionary leader who draws on best practices and data to optimize the Library’s resources and assets in meeting this mission. The Director of University Library will articulate the strategic vision for the library and serve as an advocate for the Library within the University and the larger community. The Director of the University Library will supervise a team of faculty librarians and library staff in their responsibility to provide instruction, reference and library services to the community. The Director of the University Library will provide oversight and support to all areas of the library (staffing, acquisitions, budget supervision, periodicals, cataloging, webpage, databases, archives, systems, instruction, digital initiatives and library technologies, reference, outreach, and collection development).

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • MLS degree as ALA accredited institution
  • At least five years of administrative experience at the university level including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel management, and experience with relevant technologies
  • Knowledge of current issues, developments, innovations, and challenges in academic libraries and archives, information technology, scholarly communications, and higher education
  • Record of creative leadership and strong interpersonal, communication, supervisory, and budget management skills
  • Successful experience with grant writing, development, and fundraising activities
  • Demonstrated commitment to developing a diverse and equitable library culture and evidence of work with a diverse community
  • Successful experience cultivating relationships and partnerships within and outside of the Libraries and university
  • Proven expertise with creating, teaching, and evaluating library instruction classes
  • Proven ability in providing reference and research services
  • Experience in and knowledge of several areas of academic librarianship
  • Understanding of and comfort with library technologies and the ability to implement and assess those technologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a collective bargaining environment
  • Second masters’ degree or PhD
  • Experience with a multi-campus environment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with internal and external constituencies, including donors and potential donors
  • Record of engagement in professional associations and/or achievement in scholarly productivity

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.  

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  


Posting updated 4/30/2021

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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