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ARL Seeks Senior Director of Leadership and Organizational Development

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During a time of societal upheaval such as the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership is even more critical to meeting the moment and to emerging even stronger. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has a new opportunity for a passionate and experienced professional with a proven track record in developing emerging and senior leaders through online and in-person programs, and working with leaders to create innovative, healthy, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations.

The senior director of leadership and organizational development will create a vision and then design, develop, and implement a strategy for leadership and organizational development at a time when research library leaders are making significant shifts given changes in research, teaching, and learning. The future leadership portfolio will build on the strong reputation of ARL’s leadership development, member-to-member, and diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and will take the Association forward with a digital-first strategy. This is a unique role for someone looking to make a difference in leading research and archive institutions, and in shaping the profession.

Research libraries are evolving quickly within the context of dramatic digital adoption in research and learning, constant flux in higher education, and policy developments in Canada, the United States, and beyond. As an association of leaders, ARL adopted the 2019–2021 Action Plan outlining its priorities for the next three years, and the contributions it intends to make as a collaborative partner in a complex ecosystem. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association is reviewing its strategic priorities. This is an optimal time for the new senior director of leadership and organizational development to join the ARL team.

For more details about the position and requirements, see the full position announcement.

To apply, qualified candidates should submit a letter outlining interest and relevant experience—including a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a résumé; and a list of three references—using this application form.

ARL is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the professional workplace. We are firmly committed to providing opportunities for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity, gender, creed, and background. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in an environment that embraces diversity and inclusivity.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.