Executive Director of Learning Resources
About this Job
The Learning Resources Division (LRD) is highly valued for its rich collections, extensive services, and outstanding staff. The LRD includes the Bailey Library, Learning Commons, and Tutoring. The library includes Access Services, Collection Development, and Reference Departments. The Division strives to be forward-thinking, welcoming, and to promote inclusive excellence to support Washtenaw Community College’s diverse community.
Reporting to the Vice President for Instruction, the Executive Director of Learning Resources is a critical partner in the educational environment at Washtenaw Community College – responsible for strategic leadership in developing, managing, and providing learning resources and services to the college constituencies throughout the college campus and online. The Executive Director should be familiar with the challenges and barriers that community college students face in college and develop resources and services to help students in their path to post-secondary education completion.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
● Strategically develop and recommend the library, learning commons and tutoring goals, policies, resources, and services to align with the immediate and long-term goals of the college, and to meet the educational needs of faculty and students.
● Build and provide visionary leadership in creating a culture which embraces innovation and supports the recommendation, development, support, and implementation of services, programs, and spaces that enable the library to develop as a learning hub that engages and meet the changing needs of students.
● Oversee and manage all operating, general, and endowed budget lines and prepare the annual budget with future projects and long-term strategic initiatives in mind.
● Evaluate the accessibility of resources and services as needed. Make changes in systems and in the utilization of space to accommodate these needs.
● Plan, direct, and organize staff to select, acquire, organize, and make available to the college community both print and non-print Library collections to ensure continued relevance and sustainability.
● Develop policies and procedures for Library resource sharing and support participation in existing national, state, and local cooperative arrangements.
● Provide vision and collaborate with faculty and academic administrators to offer Library and tutoring support for academic programs, faculty instruction and scholarship, and student learning activities.
● Work directly with the Head of Tutoring to develop and implement plans for various tutoring services while utilizing current data.
● Foster a culture of continuous improvement and align with trends in the profession between the Library, Learning Commons, and tutoring for a sustainable future.
● Provide direction for the Learning Commons technologies, resources, and services for students. Including the development of a user-centric support environment and collaboration with other departments, such as ITS, Learning Support Services, and Writing Center, etc., to provide computing and tutoring resources and services in the Commons.
● Play a leadership role in the college’s adoption of OER and development of OER courses by collaborating with the instructional deans and faculty.
● Direct the regular compilation of statistical data and the required preparation and submission of reports on the library’s collection and services to federal and state agencies, library networks, and consortia.
● Ensure that the library complies with the ethical and legal standards of the American Library Association and other appropriate bodies.
● Consult regularly with the Vice President of Instruction on all aspects of Library operations and engage in institutional leadership as appropriate and/or assigned.
● Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President for Instruction or designee.
● Seek sources of outside funding when necessary and provide expenditure control for grant-funded projects.
● Participate, as a member, in the work of college committees and represent the Library, the Learning Commons, and tutoring at college meetings and functions.
● Perform other related duties as assigned by the Vice President of Instruction.
Salary commensurate with experience
● Master’s degree in Information & Library Science accredited by the American Library Association.
● Minimum of two (2) years’ experience as the director of a library and/or library organization overseeing all administrative, planning, budgetary and personnel operations.
● Continued leadership involvement with state and national professional library associations.
● Analytical/administrative abilities to serve as an effective leader and manager of an academic library, not only through the management of people and budgets, but also in analysis, short and long-term strategic planning and execution, and successful implementation of new ideas, services, and technologies.
● Experience in directly supervising staff, including faculty librarians, preferably in a union environment.
● Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills for communication with staff, faculty, students, and administration.
● A high level of professionalism, innovation, collaboration, and institutional commitment in all actions.
● History of successful staff recruitment, development, mentorship, and team building.
● Knowledge and experience with Library scholarship.
● Knowledge of copyright laws as related to learning resources and services, including creative commons licenses.
● Knowledge of Library systems and technologies preferably ExLibris/Alma.
● Ability to serve as an institution-wide partner and team player, able to engage in constructive dialogue and to advocate persuasively and transparently for the mission and priorities of a Library.
● Demonstrated success in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an institution, as reflected in hiring practices, student engagement, and Library content and accessibility.
● Knowledge both of innovative and of well-proven Library practices and services.
● Ability to provide rapid response in disseminating information, completing and submitting materials, and returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner to both internal colleagues and external constituents.
Washtenaw Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Washtenaw Community College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve our diverse community and to build on the success of our students, faculty & staff. Washtenaw Community College is committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming environment.
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Posted On: Jan 22, 2024 / This posting expires: Feb 20, 2024