Employment Opportunities

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Dean of the University Library

Mercer University seeks an outstanding individual to become the next Dean of the University Library. The Dean contributes to the mission of Mercer University by providing effective strategic direction and vision. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

The University Library is a vibrant library community dedicated to the academic success of Mercerians. The commitment to “One Mercer, One Library” ensures a consistent approach to serving all students and faculty across the University’s Macon and Atlanta campuses, Regional Academic Centers, and distance learning programs. Through a team approach, library colleagues collaborate, share best practices, and move the Library forward through innovation and leadership. The Library provides quality information resources by enhancing strong print collections with a vast array of electronic books, journals, streaming audio, video, and digitized archival collections, by sharing print collections across campuses, and by delivering e-resources to the Mercer community wherever they are. Research assistance reaches students through virtual and in-person instruction and consultation. The Library also serves as a popular campus gathering spot, not only for its effective services and assistance, but for the spaces and amenities it provides: individual and group study spaces, social areas, computers and print services, 24 hour study rooms, and a place to get a cup of coffee. Recent facility enhancements have added significant new study spaces, including more 24/7 areas. The Library looks to the future and its role as an innovative, integral partner in the success of Mercer University.

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning with more than 8,600 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah; at medical school sites in Macon, Savannah, and Columbus; and at three Regional Academic Centers around the state. Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report, which in 2016 named Mercer one of the 25 best values in the nation. Our more than 76,000 alumni are making important contributions to their professions and communities throughout Georgia, the Southeast, and the world.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Serves as chief administrator for the University Library and Chair of the Library Senior Leadership Team in developing and guiding the vision, mission, and values of the University Library.
2. Guides the strategic direction of the University Library to integrate diverse resources, seek new opportunities, engage with the Mercer community, collaborate with University units, and sustain a vibrant research, learning, and service community. Communicates the strategic direction to the Council of Deans, Provost’s Council, University administrators, and constituent groups.
3. Creates an environment that cultivates innovation, collaboration, collegiality, professionalism, and achievement.
4. Develops an innovative strategy and approach, connecting externally, across University units, and with students to build the library concept of the future. Aligns and coordinates with the Provost/President to support the University’s strategies and initiatives.
5. Ensures that the Library stays at the forefront of changes in technology, communication, instruction, outreach, and the storage and delivery of information.
6. Supports the traditional core functions of the library for those patrons who depend on them.
7. Appreciates the diverse needs of research library patrons, such as undergraduates, graduate students, professional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community, and promotes a service-based environment to support these constituencies.
8. Communicates the goals and priorities of the University to the Library Senior Leadership Team in order to foster and support a shared vision that promotes the University and Library missions.
9. Cultivates external relations and fundraising opportunities with public and private sectors in support of the University Library mission in conjunction with Marketing Communications, University Advancement, and other appropriate bodies.
10. Consults with the Associate Dean of the University Library on library initiatives, projects, and goals and provides guidance, direction, and support to facilitate success in meeting the Library’s mission through the work of the Assistant Deans.
11. Functions as chief financial officer for the University Library: prepares and allocates budgets and provides clear communication about the budget to the library community.
12. Serves as Dean of the University Library faculty and provides leadership for librarians’ participation in faculty governance within the Library and University and promotes professional development, scholarship, and service.
13. Fosters a collaborative team approach for successful planning, delivery, and assessment of effective library operations.
14. Promotes and models cross-unit communication and collaboration for successful University Library projects and initiatives, including regular travel to library campuses and centers.
15. Oversees University Library personnel management in accordance with University human resources policies.
16. Prepares written documents, statistical reports, and presentations as needed.
17. Performs other duties as assigned.

Please see the http://www.mercerjobs.com/postings/2518 for more details and to apply.  We are no longer accepting applications for this position.