Library Director, State University of New York (SUNY)-Oswego

SUNY Oswego seeks an innovative, highly-motivated and visionary leader to serve as Library Director who is committed to extending the successful programs and services of the library to meet the changing needs of the 21st century student. The ideal candidate will lead Penfield Library’s continuing collaborations with other college constituents to further its mission as a partner in the teaching and learning process. The ideal candidate will be an advocate of the library’s mission within and beyond the College. Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, the Director will lead a progressive library that is central to SUNY Oswego’s initiatives, including sustainability, civic engagement, global competency, and faculty-student collaborative research activities. The candidate will support SUNY Oswego’s mission and strategic plan, Tomorrow Plan.

Posting Date: November 3, 2015

Review Date: Review of applications will begin January 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefits package. For more information on benefits for full-time Management/ Confidential unclassified professional staff, please visit:

Date of Appointment: Anticipated June 1, 2016

Description of Responsibilities:
The Director of the Library is responsible for strategic leadership, administrative management and supervision of the Penfield Library and extension library services at the State University of New York at Oswego. The Director serves as part of the campus leadership, valuing diversity and inclusion, and reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost. Specific responsibilities include working collaboratively with the library personnel, faculty, staff and students to fulfill the campus’ educational and research mission through the provision of Library resources and services; directing the Library’s long-term and strategic planning; fostering cooperative relationships with external stakeholders and agencies to enhance resources and services available to the SUNY Oswego community; keeping abreast of the latest developments in academic libraries and higher education; building and sustaining strategic initiatives; participating in campus leadership functions; developing and administering the Library’s budget and resources; overseeing the development and performance of library faculty and staff; and sustaining a scholarly and professional record appropriate to appointment at the equivalent of Associate Professor level or above.

In addition, this position will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

● A Master’s or higher degree in Librarianship/Information Sciences from an ALA or equivalent accredited program.
● Strong record of successful library management experience, including project leadership, effective engagement with complex issues in a changing environment, and experience working with budgets.
● Experience advocating for the continuing development of the library with faculty, administration, and external partners.
● Experience integrating the library with related programs and services, and solid evidence of successful collaborations.
● Current understanding of all areas of library operations including experience with emerging technologies, library applications, and the major challenges facing academic libraries.
● Success in implementing innovative services.
● Significant scholarly and/or professional contributions at a regional or national level, and a record of excellence in one or more areas of librarianship.
● Excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral, and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

● A record of progressively responsible academic library experience, with at least 4 years in a position managing or leading librarians.
● Experience in implementing large-scale projects.
● Experience in developing staff and teams to increase efficiency, creativity, and achieve larger strategic goals.
● Experience with library outreach or fundraising.
● Experience with current higher education assessment methods and initiatives.
● Additional graduate degree.

To Apply: Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of transcripts, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three current professional references electronically to: