Associate Director, Collections and Research Services

North Carolina, United States
02 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Type Non-Tenure-Track Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Associate Director for Collections and Research Services
Anticipated Hiring Range Competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience
Position Number 00001577
Work Schedule M-F, exempt position
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 250101 - NCSU Libraries
Job City & State Raleigh, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The NC State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for Collections and Research Services. The Collections and Research Services division comprises five departments and units: Collections & Research Strategy (9 FTE), Research Engagement (8 FTE), the Special Collections Research Center (10.5 FTE), Preservation (3 FTE), and Program Planning and Outreach (1.75 FTE). The division engages with faculty, students, and researchers across the full spectrum of teaching, learning, and research, offering strong collections and in-depth collaboration on disciplinary and interdisciplinary topics and on emerging tools and technologies for research and scholarly communication in a changing environment. Division staff develop services, programs, events, and partnerships that advance the university’s strengths, aspirations, and strategic goals; enhance research productivity and competitiveness; support interdisciplinary collaboration; and foster inclusivity.

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Essential Job Duties

The Associate Director for Collections and Research Services provides vision and leadership for a comprehensive collections and research support strategy, including the development, management, and preservation of the Libraries’ working and special collections, and a growing portfolio of collaborative research engagement services and public events. With administrative responsibility for these essential intellectual assets and endeavors in one of the nation’s most forward-thinking university libraries, they lead in creating a cutting-edge environment that enables faculty, students, and researchers to discover and create new knowledge and develop multidisciplinary solutions to contemporary challenges. The Associate Director is a member of the senior administrative team, reporting to the Deputy Director of Libraries.

This position oversees the allocation and management of the Libraries’ $11.5 million collections budget and guides the development and application of analytical methods to assess and describe trends in collections expenditures and use. They administer a range of library liaison and outreach activities including consultation on research, visualization, data analysis and management, and use of technology-rich spaces, along with targeted instructional offerings focusing on research skills and relevant, emerging technologies. The position works closely with library colleagues in the Digital Library and Materials Management divisions and the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, among others, in supporting and enabling the full lifecycle of teaching, learning, and research. They collaborate with Development staff in the identification and stewardship of current and potential donors to the Libraries. The position initiates and develops partnerships across the university that enhance research productivity and support interdisciplinary collaboration, including with the Office of Research and Innovation and the Graduate School, and they represent the Libraries in the Triangle Research Libraries Network, state and national forums, and international initiatives such as HathiTrust. As a member of the Libraries’ senior administrative team, the Associate Director participates in library planning, policy development, resource allocation, and personnel management. NC State University librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree

Departmental Required Skills

  • Significant and progressively responsible, relevant professional experience
  • Significant management and leadership experience, including collections, budget, and personnel management
  • A thorough understanding of the scholarly communication environment and emerging trends in collections and research services 
  • Ability to articulate and advance a vision for creative, ongoing transformation of the library’s role in learning, research, and community building
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a fast-paced environment 
  • Strong analytical skills; ability to set priorities effectively and resolve competing demands
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Experience with fundraising for collections and working with library donors

Special Instructions

Along with your application, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for four current professional references.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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