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Dean of Libraries and Museums

Dean of Libraries and Museums

Saint Louis University Job Location: Missouri Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 03-31-2022

Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution, is seeking a collaborative and visionary leader to serve as the Dean of Libraries and Museums. This is an opportunity to guide Saint Louis University and the Libraries and Museums in improving and investing in student experiences, educational delivery, and advancing research and scholarship. The candidate who fills this position will be looked to as a strong leader and visible connector. They will be instrumental in advancing Saint Louis University as a highly ranked university, known for its academic rigor, innovation, and the scholarly achievements of its community. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity and the expectation to be an empowering, collaborative, and visionary leader. This is a special opportunity for a resourceful innovator, one who has the creativity to imagine the next path to advance the vision for the Saint Louis University Libraries and Museums. A search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 15, 2022. (Priority submission deadline has been extended.) Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. About the University Libraries and Museums The University Libraries at Saint Louis University, which include the Pius XII Memorial Library on the North Campus, the Medical Center Library on the South Campus, and the University Museums and Galleries, are home to excellent librarians and staff serving the entire community of Saint Louis University. The University Libraries have extensive collections to support teaching, learning, research, study and clinical care. The Libraries are also home to specialized collections, including the Vatican Film Library and the University Archives. The University Libraries and Museums are comprised of 25 full-time faculty librarians, 31 full-time staff members, 3 part-time staff members, and 70+ part-time student workers. The Pius XII Memorial Library, named Missouri Library of the Year in 2021 for distinguished achievement in service, is home to:
  • 215,000 square feet of useable space, including 48 study rooms
  • Academic Technology Commons (ATC)
  • Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning
  • University Writing Center
  • 1.7 million volumes, including over 30,000 volumes of rare books
  • Over 500,000 e-books
  • 53 public computers and 60 laptops
The University Libraries host the Library Associates, which annually sponsor the St. Louis Literary Award honoring the greatest writers of our time. The Saint Louis University Museum of Art consistently ranks among the top University Museums in the country according to numerous publications. Duties and Responsibilities The Dean of Libraries and Museums reports directly to the Provost and will work directly with the academic deans of the other schools and colleges across the University. As a member of the University’s leadership team, the Dean will help shape the strategy of the institution in accordance with the Catholic, Jesuit mission focused on the pursuit of truth for the service of humanity. The chosen candidate will partner with and cultivate relationships with stakeholders within the Saint Louis University community, and throughout the greater St. Louis community, to enhance visibility of the Libraries and Museums, raise money, and create opportunities for the students and faculty. The Dean of Libraries and Museums will foster a diverse and inclusive environment by recognizing the innate human dignity of every person, regardless of age, culture, faith, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, language, disability, or social class. The Dean will be appointed as a full-time faculty member (non-tenure track) with an administrative stipend. Key Responsibilities: The Dean of Libraries and Museums will have the opportunity to: 1. Provide leadership for all Library and Museum functions by: collaborating with other academic departments; supporting the vision, mission, and identity of Saint Louis University; and actively participating to ensure student success and retention. 2. Advocate for the Libraries and Museums by: communicating the need to maintain strong and vital Libraries with faculty, staff, students, and the greater St. Louis community. 3. Fundraise and be resourceful by: being conscientious and aware of the Libraries and Museums’ budget, technology, and spaces; prioritizing goals; and generating new revenue. 4. Collaborate and support faculty and staff development by: fostering a culture of inclusion amongst academic departments; providing transparency, achievement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Libraries and Museums; promoting and encouraging the diverse interests and experiences of students, faculty, and staff. 5. Lead and guide the innovation of the Libraries and Museums by: exploring ways the Libraries can support increased research productivity; considering research to be an essential part of student success; encouraging innovation in the way the library supports faculty teaching and student learning goals; and, understanding new and emerging publishing options, data management, copyright, and alternative impact metrics for faculty. Qualifications and Characteristics The successful candidate will be a strong, collaborative, and inclusive leader with the ability to bring the Library and Museum staff and faculty together around a shared vision, identity, and path forward for the Libraries and Museums. The successful candidate will have a track record of demonstrable achievement, a growth mindset, and a willingness to be flexible and innovative to pursue the Catholic, Jesuit mission in the face of unforeseen obstacles. Specifically, our search committee will be looking for candidates with most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:
  • An MLS or MLIS credential earned from an ALA-accredited school
  • A demonstrated track record of dynamic leadership, in an academic Library setting
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with internal and external constituents, characterized by a commitment to transparency
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and a demonstrated passion for student success
  • Experience across the various divisions of an academic library and an understanding of the changing roles and environments
  • An understanding of complex financial models and budgets and experience securing external funding through grants, fellowships, and/or philanthropy
  • A propensity toward creativity and innovation
  • Ability to develop, lead, and inspire a dedicated, ambitious, service-oriented faculty and staff
About the University and the Process Saint Louis University (SLU), established 1818, is the oldest institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River and is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic Universities. Saint Louis University is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Guided by our enduring Catholic, Jesuit mission, we offer nearly 13,000 students a highly rigorous and deeply transformative education that helps them develop into bold, confident leaders. Rated among the nation’s top research universities, SLU boasts 15 graduate and undergraduate programs ranked among the top 50 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Within the classroom, academic rigor, ethics, spirituality, and compassion take center stage. Outside the classroom, members of the SLU community provide more than 1.6 million service hours each year. For this reason, among others, SLU is regularly ranked among the top universities for community engagement and community outreach. As a Jesuit institution, SLU is committed to inclusivity and anti-racism. In a letter to SLU Alumni in June 2020, President Fred Pestello wrote, “We are all called to do better — to be better. Racism has no place at Saint Louis University. Our Jesuit mission calls us to be people for and with others, and as I have said before, solidarity and community mean that we never have to face such evil alone.” Saint Louis University’s 230-acre urban campus is in midtown St. Louis, providing students, faculty, and staff a close-knit community in the middle of a lively city. The St. Louis metro region is home to nearly 3 million people and provides a mix of midwestern friendliness and large-city amenities. Application Process Interested candidates should submit materials to Saint Louis University’s Career Website. Letters can be addressed to Gary W. Ritter, Search Committee Chair. Applications should include a statement of interest (i.e. cover letter), current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (with email addresses and phone numbers). A search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 15, 2022. (Priority submission deadline has been extended.) Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications from members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged. Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is subject to federal regulations pertaining to employment. The University has a continuing non discrimination policy, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We hire only United States citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Note: This position will remain open until filled. The University reserves the right to modify this position and required qualifications at any time. For further questions, email the Search Chair, Gary Ritter, Ph.D., librariesdeansearch@slu.edu. Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non‐merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314‐ 977‐5847.

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