Head of Science and Engineering Libraries

New Jersey
Thursday, 17 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 17 July 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Head of Science and Engineering Libraries

D-21-LIB-00001 | Library | Library | 

Princeton University Library seeks an innovative and motivated professional for an exciting new leadership opportunity as the Head of Science and Engineering Libraries. This position leads the Library's efforts at cultivating strategic partnerships with all entities involved with science and engineering, and oversees all aspects of library activities, including the development of innovative services for Princeton's scientific research community, reference and research consultation services, instruction programs, collections, and facilities management.

This position provides vision and leadership for the staff of the Lewis Science Library, the Engineering Library and Furth Plasma Physics Library, and leads a team of 18 staff, including 6 librarians. This position also advocates and implements plans for organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and the ongoing professional development of staff. This position contributes to campus-wide library projects and represents Princeton in relevant regional, national, and international organizations. 

The successful candidate would identify innovative, flexible, and dynamic approaches to services that meet the rapidly evolving needs of researchers, faculty, and students who work across physical, technological and disciplinary boundaries. The successful candidate is also expected to be a national thought leader in research support for the disciplines of Science and Engineering. 

Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries. It employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities. The Library supports a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Further information: http://library.princeton.edu/

Required Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in library/information science OR an equivalent combination of education and library experience
  • Minimum of five years of professional library work in an academic or research library
  • Minimum of five years of supervisory experience managing people, and strategic prioritization of their work
  • Experience bearing overall program responsibility for a branch library, center, institute or initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, project management skills, and the ability to create and lead teams that include a diverse group of colleagues and scholars.
  • Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in staffing, collections, and services 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage in a complex organization, including the ability to build, lead, and motivate diverse teams 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and run effective, proactive liaison programs among multiple stakeholder constituencies

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree relevant to science or engineering disciplines
  • More than five years of experience in library administration, especially with managing a branch library or library department.
  • Experience with supporting research in the sciences using new technologies for discovery and learning.
  • Experience in program planning and space design 
  • In-depth knowledge of research tools in a field of the sciences and/or engineering
  • Broad familiarity with collections and collection development in sciences and/or engineering
  • Experience managing outreach programs 
  • Experience leading staff or teams through change and transition       

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the AHIRE system through the office of the Dean of the Faculty website: http://dof.princeton.edu/academicjobs and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.