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Associate Dean for Collections

  • University of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Senior-Level
  • Full-Time

About this Job

Collaborates with the Dean and senior leaders to identify UC Libraries’ needs, establish priorities, and develop goals, objectives, actions, and measures of success.
Takes ownership of goals and initiatives within the strategic plan that relate to areas of responsibility.
Leads the overall strategy and direction for units associated with collections, including acquisitions, metadata, digital projects and digitization, e-resource management, physical collections management, and preservation.
Develops and implements policies, procedures, and best practices surrounding collection development and content strategy, including acquisition, licensing, description, preservation, and withdrawal.
Promotes the accessibility and use of special collections and archives to provide distinctive materials for learning and research.
Plans and administers UC Libraries’ collections budget; collaborates with the business office and Content Services on budget reporting, monitoring and forecasting, invoice payment, and fiscal year open/close.
Determines budget allocations for UCL selectors and offers direction on budgets, renewals and licensing, vendor relations, and related topics.
Serves as the primary contact for vendors around a wide range of collections and related items paid on collections funds.
Collaborates with internal UC offices, such as the Office of General Counsel, on processing license agreements and contracts related to collections.
Collaborates with the UC Controller’s Office and Enterprise Risk Management regarding library collections valuation and statistics for the purpose of capital asset calculation and property insurance determination.
Essential Functions (cont'd)
Collaborates with department heads and the Associate Dean for Operations & User Services on facilities improvements with an emphasis on accessibility and safety.
Represents UC Libraries on relevant OhioLINK committees for collections and leads strategies for collaborative collections.
Promotes a culture of evidence-based decision making through developing and supporting evaluation and assessment in areas of responsibility.
Leads the development of collections statistics for annual reporting to national agencies and professional associations.
Recruits, hires, evaluates, develops, and retains faculty and staff which meet or exceed user expectations.
Achieves organizational effectiveness through the successful management of financial and personnel resources.
Fosters a culture of excellence through creating a respectful workplace environment.
Chairs and serves on committees related to areas of responsibility or assigned by the Dean.
Represents UC Libraries at regional, national, and global professional engagements with the expectation of raising UC Library’s visibility and reputation.


130000 - 150000

Required Qualifications

Required Education
Graduate degree in Library and Information Science or an advanced degree in a relevant field.

Required Experience
Progressive leadership and management experience, including senior level management experience in an academic research library or equivalent.
Experience with collections management in an academic library setting.
Knowledge of higher education, including emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities.
Leading change across an organization, including, but not limited to within a culture of higher education and in collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups.
Superior interpersonal and communication skills, especially in understanding user needs and motivating team members. Strong written, oral, and listening skills needed to establish dialogue with faculty, staff, and students.
Demonstrated complex analytical, problem-solving and project management skills.
Demonstrated ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of excellence.

Desired Qualifications

Additional Qualifications Considered
Evidence of previous scholarly activities including publications, presentations, and professional association participation at the regional, national, and international level.
Prior success in writing grant proposals and successful grant administration.
Experience in the promotion of distinctive collections.
Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing complex and collaborative projects.

Employer Statement

The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted On: May 1, 2024 / This posting expires: Jul 31, 2024