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Executive Director University Libraries

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Requires a thorough knowledge of current trends and "best practices" for academic library management; an understanding of the academic environment and the role of the library in support of all aspects of academic life, learning, teaching, research and service. Requires knowledge of advanced technology and electronic information management. Essential attributes and skills include: experience and success with fundraising and development; experience with writing and administration of grants; excellent writing and communication skills; strong traditional and digital marketing skills, confident presentation skills, collaborative and consensus-building skills. Requires ability to develop strong relationships with Deans of other units, the Provost, President and other University administrators.Requires a minimum of seven years of experience in library leadership and administration. Experience should include the establishment of, improvement of, and provision of service in, computer-assisted (including multi-media) library technologies. Experience with major building and construction project is a plus.Responsible for overall direction of a distinct unit with the help of associate or assistant directors. Human resources responsibilities include authority to hire, discipline and terminate staff. This position typically reports to a senior executive.Tasks and responsibilities are varied and complex, requiring interpretation and integration of diverse capabilities, procedures and concepts. Work involves high-level responsibility for budget, revenues and expenditures.Develops and achieves goals and objectives, and establishes andimplements policies, for the library. Has authority to make decisions onmatters of significance. Requires high degree of independent judgment,as well as ability to solve complex problems.Regular and substantial contact with other professionals at comparable and higher levels, including directors of libraries at other academic institutions. Contacts usually involve discussions on policies and programs, and may include activities such as writing of proposals, negotiations with vendors, or solicitation of financial donations for the University. Position may involve handling of sensitive, complex, and/or confidential information.Anticipates customer needs and regularly motivates or influences others to deliver quality customer service. May have to troubleshoot highly sensitive or confidential issues. Personally ensures resolution of problems. Identifies barriers to effective customer service and sets customer service standards. Establishes a customer feedback system and exhorts designated staff toward customer service excellence within the organization.Work is performed within routine office environment, with no exposure to hazardous or unpleasant conditions. Physical demands are usually limited to sitting or standing in one location much of the time. Some stooping, lifting or carrying of objects of light weight may be required.

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