Senior Manager, Collections

Melbourne, Australia
$131,354 + 17% Superannuation
25 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Flexible location
  • Full-time and continuing
  • HEW 10 $131,354 + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

The role of Senior Manager, Collections provides expert leadership of the University Library and Archival collections, ensuring these collections are developed, managed and preserved in line with best-practice standards and to meet the learning, teaching, research and engagement needs of the university. The role reports to the Director, Library Services (Information) and leads a large professional team of librarians.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the development, governance and management of the University’s Library and Archival collections
  • Overseeing effective negotiation with vendors and publishers to ensure value for the University
  • Building and inspiring a culture of integrity, accountability, and inclusive practice across Deakin
  • Leading and managing the development and provision of data and analysis from multiple sources to enable planning, performance monitoring and evidence-based decision making
  • Translate complex issues into clear and understandable strategies and goals and formulate potential courses of action to achieve objectives
  • Overcoming resistance to change and managing complex stakeholder issues that are integral to the change process
  • Seeking understanding of the University environment by accurately perceiving organisational, political and social dynamics
  • Creating a sustainable climate of service excellence, encouraging and supporting others to see situations from the client’s perspective and systematically measuring client satisfaction
  • Acting as a coach and working with team members to facilitate growth and development

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Post-graduate qualification or progress towards post graduate qualifications, which qualifies for Associate (Professional) membership of the Australian Library and Information Association, and extensive relevant experience; or
  • Proven expertise in the management of significant human and material resources, including experience planning and managing large complex budgets and expenditure
  • Extensive senior leadership and management experience in an academic library context
  • Expert knowledge of collection development and management principles and demonstrated experience with the management of Library and archival collections
  • Knowledge of best practice approaches to digitisation and preservation
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communication and publishing environment including trends in relation to resource subscription models
  • Demonstrate experience negotiating with academic publishers and aggregators
  • Demonstrated experience with monograph and ebook supplier or vendor platforms
  • Demonstrated experience managing subscriptions to serials and aggregated collections of resources  

Applications for this position close on 9 November 2022.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Jane Miller, Director, Digital Libraries and Repositories, via

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic, and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.