Associate Chief Librarian
Ryerson University Library is seeking an enthusiastic and creative candidate for a five (5) year term (with possibility of renewal for a second term) in the position of Associate Chief Librarian (ACL) to work with a dynamic team in a fast-paced and growing University. Reporting to the Chief Librarian and fostering a culture of collaboration and open communication, and exploration that embraces risk-taking, the ACL helps to nurture innovation, flexibility and responsiveness across all teams/units, programs, and services, within the Library.
Guided by the University’s principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and “people first” and in accordance, with its collective agreements and policies and legislation, the ACL will provide Library-wide leadership, strategic planning and direction for key portfolio areas. Key responsibilities will include: budget management; organizational design, planning and assessment; expertise in evaluation and assessment instruments; human resource oversight including developing staffing plans, providing mentorship, leading and supporting training, team building, recognition and professional development initiatives; user-focused policy and procedure development; and administrative and collegial responsibilities such as chairing both career Librarian hiring and promotion committees and serving on collegial, administrative and operational committees. As a key member of the senior leadership team the ACL works closely with the Chief Librarian, the Library Management Group (LMG), the Manager Client Services (direct report), and other campus and community partners. This search is governed by the University’s Appointment of Academic Administrators (AAA) Policy and Procedures.
Candidates must hold a minimum of an ALA Accredited MLIS or equivalent; a minimum of five years of progressive experience in an academic library and; a minimum of two years of proven leadership/management experience in a multi-unit, public service capacity, including management of staff and service delivery in a unionized environment. Candidates must demonstrate additional competencies as follows:
i) understanding of the teaching and learning needs of faculty and students including high impact practices, experiential learning opportunities, digital and information fluency and literacy needs and the role of the university library in academic success;
ii) understanding of the academic library’s key role in advancing scholarship, research and creative activities, including the complexities of the scholarly communication system, the evolution of new modes of SRC, and current opportunities in these domains;
iii) planning and change management implementation initiatives, including the ability to lead change and help others to successfully manage change;
iv) excellent interpersonal, communication and team-building skills that foster shared goals and positive outcomes and team engagement;
v) ability to think creatively and strategically and to build strong collaborative partnerships;
vi) strong problem-solving and decision-making skills;
vii) flexibility in adapting and responding quickly to changing priorities;
viii) ability to respond to competing demands in a complex and changing environment;
viii) ability to work effectively in a team-oriented unionized environment and;
ix) fluency in English, including written and verbal communication.
Ryerson University Library is an innovative academic research library, with a team of more than 100 dedicated employees (including more than 25 librarians and over 65 staff and managers and numerous work-study, part-time and project student staff), focused on teaching and learning excellence, and student academic success and engagement. Serving over 44,000 students and in excess of 900 full-time faculty, the Library is core to faculty and graduate student scholarly, research and creative (SRC) endeavours, and critical to advancing the research impact and reputation of the University. The University Library also plays an important role in community outreach and in Ryerson’s unique city building goals, and is positioned at the centre of a vibrant campus that serves a diverse community of learners and instructors, researchers and scholars, and community experts and entrepreneurs.
Located in downtown Toronto, with a footprint of approximately 4 million square feet spread over 40 buildings and with further infrastructure expansion in development, Ryerson University is distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, offering innovative, career-oriented education through more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs distinguished by a strong commitment to teaching excellence, research and creative activities. The University is comprised of over 45,000 students, 3,100 staff and faculty and has nearly 18,055,000 alumni worldwide. Ryerson is home to Canada's largest undergraduate business school, the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the country’s leading provider of university based adult education, the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
EQUITY AT RYERSON UNIVERSITY
At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.
As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016 and 2017. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.
The Librarian appointment associated with this position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) and the collective agreement can be found at:
Employment Type: Five year administrative appointment with possibility of renewal for a second term, with concurrent career librarian position.
Language of Work: English; verbal and written fluency
Salary: In accordance with Article 16.4 of the collective agreement, the salary minima are $88,053.33 for Librarian III and $104,301.27 for Librarian IV. Salary will commensurate with experience and will increase annually by: i) an Across-the-Board increase and ii) one Career Development Increment (CDI) up to the maximum for satisfactory service and conditional upon receipt of the member’s annual report.
Benefits: Extended health, vision, dental, insurance, tuition waiver benefits and access to the Ryerson Retirement Pension Plan.
Five weeks’ vacation per completed year of service. Fourteen professional development days per year. https://www.ryerson.ca/hr/employee-resources/rfa/full-time-LTF/pay-info/.
Location of Work: Downtown Toronto
Hours of Work Per Week: 35.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should quote the position name (Associate Chief Librarian) and address their applications in confidence to the Chief Librarian, via email to email@example.com by 5:00 pm (EST) Friday January 4 2019. Please include a cover letter, accompanied by a curriculum vitae. If you require more information or would like a copy of the detailed position profile, please contact Anna Tassone by phone at 416-979-5000 ext. 5141 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents
will be given priority.
In order for the University to comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, candidates must indicate in their application if they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident by including one of the following statements in reference to their status: “I am a permanent resident or citizen of Canada” OR “I am not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada”. Candidates are not required to specify their country of origin or citizenship in their application.
Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.