Associate Director for Administration, Law Library

Connecticut, United States
10 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Associate Director for Administration, Law Library reports directly to the Law Librarian and together with other members of Law Library Leadership Team (the Associate Director for Collections & Access, Associate Law Librarian for Technical Services, Associate Law Librarian for Technology & Digital Initiatives, and Associate Director for Research & Instructional Services) strategically leads the Law Library as a vital center for research and teaching within the Law School, the University, and for an international community of scholars. The Leadership Team collaboratively develops and implements Law Library policies, procedures, structure, and strategies for delivering services and resources to the YLS community and beyond. This position requires the exercise of professional judgment, teamwork, cultural competence, and a clear understanding of the Law Library’s vision, mission, and role.

Reporting to the Law Librarian, the Associate Law Librarian for Administration provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction for library operational services including human resources (including hiring, discipline, and labor relations), strategic planning, communication, security, space, and facilities. Provides comprehensive management for new system-wide initiatives and programs. Oversees the strategic planning process for the Law Library. Works with the Law Librarian to ensure continuous process improvement and operational excellence. Collaborates on long-range planning, policy formulation, program development, and resource allocation that support the services and staff of the Law Library. Develops the administrative budget and makes spending decisions. Responsible for building and managing a team of administrative service professionals. Connects the Law Library with the Law School’s administrative services and ensures strategic alignment. Guides the Law Library's relations with the University and University Library, library consortia, and professional organizations. Actively participates in the life of the law school and the university, and is professionally active. Maintains an understanding of trends and developments in legal publishing, law technology, and information technology. May also have teaching, service, scholarship, and other administrative responsibilities.

Essential Duties

  1. Serves as an active member of the Library’s senior leadership team. Provides vision, leadership, and direct administrative oversight of the administrative department. Supports other Law Library department heads through administration of Law Library budget, human resources, professional development and other administrative responsibilities.
  2. Manages staff including hiring, setting priorities, and staff development.
  3. Prioritizes and leads multiple projects while meeting deadlines and budget targets. Ensures overall effectiveness of Law Library services and strengthens the impact of the Law Library on the Law School’s academic mission. Engages with faculty and students in support of the University’s teaching and research mission.
  4. Contributes at the national level, recognizes library trends and opportunities, and uses this knowledge to enrich local programs and strategic planning. Represents YUL at local, regional, national and international levels.
  5. Chairs library committees as necessary. Partakes in the planning and implementation of changes in Law Library operations and ensures procedures are followed that promote smooth, effective and efficient operation of Law Library departments.
  6. Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale. Works independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and functions collaboratively in a team environment.
  7. Participates in University-wide initiatives. Serves as a sponsor for labor management programs.
  8. Builds strong partnerships with faculty and students, curators and librarians, and donors.
  9. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.
  10. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school. J.D. or LL.M. from an ABA-accredited law school. At least eight years progressively responsible experience, five of which are in an academic library, and three of which involve supervising staff.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a law library. Demonstrated commitment to the vital role libraries play in supporting legal scholarship. Demonstrated understanding of current trends in technology, law schools, and academic law libraries.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability to lead people with emotional intelligence, cultural competence, positive attitude, and organizational loyalty. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback, consult appropriately, and make independent decisions.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated ability to supervise staff at all levels; superior supervisory skills with demonstrated ability to problem solve and diplomatically and successfully manage difficult conversations and situations. Demonstrated ability setting goals, managing performance, and developing professionals.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated ability to manage large projects. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Demonstrated ability to prioritize, work on various projects simultaneously, and manage many interruptions throughout the day. Strong work ethic; self-motivated.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability to budget, plan, collect and analyze data, including surveys. Demonstrated ability to engage law school faculty and students with the library. Demonstrated ability and desire to continue to grow and develop as a leader in the profession of academic law librarianship.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Five years supervising staff; experience with a union workforce. Two overseeing and administering a budget using enterprise financial systems. Five years working in a variety of roles in an academic law library serving patrons who are actively engaged in research and scholarship. Teaching experience. Comfort with and interest in technology. Working knowledge of a foreign language.

Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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