Director for Learning Resources (Library) 

Hanoi City (VN)
09 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Director for Learning Resources (Library) 
Vin University
Hanoi, Vietnam

Position Description
April 2019 

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Vin University seeks an entrepreurial-minded Director with a strong record of excellence in learning resources management. The candidate should have a experience in the management of a large, complex, and diverse higher education environment to serve as the Director for Learning Resources at Vin University.  

The successful candidate is an enthusiastic, experienced, and innovative academic professional with significant experience in information literacy program development, collection development, reference and instruction services, coordination of information technology, assessment of library services, and oversight of library personnel, facilities and budget.  

Respect for shared governance and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, yet decisively, will be important attributes. Additionally, the successful candidate will have held a administrative appointment in a university-system setting with experience working with governing boards, administration, faculty and student. A sophisticated understanding of financial and operational drivers of performance in a research university are critical.  


  • The Director/Head Librarian provides leadership for operational aspects of the University’s Library. Within the university’s polices and parameters, specific duties will include:
  • Develop short- and long-range plans for the library, consistent with the vision, mission, and goals of the university.
  • Provide visionary leadership to achieve the library’s strategic goals.
  • Develop and further new initiatives, services, and apply emerging technologies to foster learning and research.
  • Develop policies, in consultation with deans, directors, professional librarians, administration, and faculty concerning the development and provision of library resources and services.
  • Maintain well-organized procedures for the selection, acquisition and cataloging of physical and online collections, books, periodicals and other library materials to support the university curricula.
  • Prepare the annual library budget, and authorize the expenditure of budgeted library funds.
  • Have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the academic library in the prevailing higher education environment
  • Serve as liaison librarian to assigned departments and conduct library orientation classes in these assigned areas.


  • Master's degree in Library & Information Science, Educational Management or related discipline from a accredited institution is required 
  • At least five years of full time collegiate-level library leadership, including planning, fiscal management, resource allocation, and personnel supervision of preferably a large and complex academic institution.
  • Expertise in information literacy standards and current industry trends with the ability to create engaging presentations, workshops and online materials for use by students, faculty and staff.
  • Experience selecting and developing reference and circulating materials, including books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, eBooks, and other electronic/ digital resources.
  • Familiarity with Canvas, Blackboard or other online Learning Management System.
  • Appropriate membership in Library Association, Association of College & Research Libraries, and academic library consortiums.
  • An appreciative understanding of the challenges that inevitably arise from the operation of a new University, with the patience, resilience, and ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents of an institution to effectively resolve challenges and build opportunities to promote the mission and vision of the University 


  • Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, complex ideas and recommendations 
  • Ability to carry out the functions of leadership along a planned program of institutional direction 
  • Ability to manage a college/school academic budget; ability to establish and monitor fiscal accountability within the areas of responsibility 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students as well as community groups of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds 
  • Possess strong professional networks. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English 

The salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

To apply, please send (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter explaining the interest in the position and relevant qualifications to   

Consideration of candidates will occur on a rolling basis beginning May 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including the candidate’s contact information to the Search Committee. The desired position start date is August – December 2019, subject to negotiation. 


  • Accommodation: Vin University will provide accommodation benefit in the compensation package and assist with accomodation options. 
  • Working permit: Vin University will assist in establishing the paperwork needed for employment in Vietnam (visa, working permit, ID, driver license, insurance, etc.)
  • Child education: Employees arriving with children may have concerns about how their families will fit in with their new life in Vietnam. Vin University will assist in finding an excellent school for your children. There is child education allowance if your children study at Vinschools.
  • Spousal and partner hiring:  Opportunities for dual career academic couples will be considered.
  • Living costs: Vietnam has a comparatively low cost of living and expatriates can live a very comfortable life here with a moderate expenditure.   

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