Associate University Librarian
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Post End Date:
Note to all candidates: This posting will close at 12:01 am on the date listed .
April 15, 2019
Brock Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL). The portfolio of this position includes Academic Services and Student Success. As a member of a collaborative senior leadership team, the Associate University Librarian will work closely with the University Librarian, other colleagues in the Library, and the wider university community to provide creative leadership in the development and implementation of the Library’s strategic priorities and objectives.
The portfolio of this AUL includes leadership in the strategic development and delivery of the Library’s services advancing student success; curricular initiatives; the development and oversight of innovative physical and online spaces; and creative engagement with the Brock community. Direct reports currently include the heads of the Liaison Services and Access Services departments.
The Library is currently engaged in a highly consultative organizational design process that is examining structures, processes, and service models that better align with the Library’s and the University’s strategic plans. Candidates should be comfortable working in an evolutionary environment, learning new areas, and should have a broad understanding of strategic directions of academic libraries.
As a member of the senior leadership team, the AUL will: collaborate in planning and implementing library services, programs, staffing and other initiatives; participate and/or lead cross-departmental working groups and project teams; maintain a comprehensive understanding of developments affecting academic librarianship; provide mentoring support and work with others to promote positive organizational change; collaborate on organizational development; serve on library, university and external committees; participate in professional organizations; and apply knowledge of collective agreements and university policies to the effective management of library operations.
Within the AUL’s portfolio, the AUL will: provide strategic leadership in the development of innovative new services, programs and initiatives; supervise, support, and collaborate with department heads; provide oversight of operations, human resources and budgets; and provide sponsorship and leadership of key projects and initiatives.
About Brock Library
The Brock University Library includes the James A. Gibson Library; the Map, Data & GIS Library; and Archives & Special Collections. With six departments, a staff of 57 including 20 professional librarians, and an annual budget of over $10 million, the Library provides services and resources to support 600 faculty and over 19,000 students.
Our progressive and talented community of librarians and staff are committed to student success, collegiality, and collaboration. Our values of Innovation, Integrity, Inspiration and Inclusivity guide all that we do.
In Spring 2019, Brock University Library is launching a new Digital Scholarship Lab and expanded Makerspace in a newly built Rankin Family Pavilion directly adjacent to the James A. Gibson Library.
The Brock Library strategic plan contains four strategic pillars highlighting student success; the research lifecycle; community engagement; and strengthening capacity.
About Brock University
Brock is one of the fastest-growing universities in Ontario, with significant investment to new construction and programs. We're small enough to be intimate and big enough to attract world-class minds. Located at the centre of Canada's beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture.
Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city, with beautiful natural surroundings. With 19,000 students and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences.
Brock University’s main campus is situated atop the Niagara Escarpment, within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, overlooking the City of St. Catharines, in the heart of Niagara wine country and is a short drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, New York. Niagara is an exceptional location to call home for the next stage of your career.
An MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program
Minimum of seven years of experience as a professional librarian or archivist demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility, preferably within post-secondary education
Formal leadership and/or management experience preferably within an academic library or archives environment
Candidates should have a proven record of strength in public services; teaching and learning; and student and faculty liaison.
Demonstrated ability to engage, empower and motivate people and foster teamwork
Demonstrated ability in leading and championing innovation in the development of services, curricular programming and student success initiatives
Demonstrated success in managing professional librarians/archivists and staff, preferably in a unionized workplace
Knowledge of strategic trends impacting library services, collections, technologies and spaces
Extensive knowledge and understanding of academic libraries and related operational issues
Highly collaborative and collegial, with the ability to participate in shared decision-making
Demonstrated understanding of organizational structures and processes coupled with the ability to develop and implement effective change strategies
Knowledge of project management, assessment and user experience methodologies
Demonstrated excellence in communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to advocate and promote library value
Analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrated success using innovation and flexibility to address challenges
Understanding of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization, and a commitment to advance a diverse and inclusive work environment
Demonstrated ability to promote positive organizational culture
Record of scholarship, professional development and/or leadership in the library or information science community
Term of Appointment
This senior academic administrative position is excluded from all bargaining units. Appointment will be for a 5-year term, renewable, with an underlying librarian appointment. The successful applicant will be appointed at a salary level commensurate with experience and qualifications. This appointment is available as of August 2019.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups should complete the questionnaire as part of the online application.
Applicants are invited to apply online, by submitting a curriculum vitae, a statement of interest in the position, and the names and contact information of three professional references no later than April 15th, 2019. We appreciate all applications received; however, we will contact only those candidates selected for an interview. Interviews will be one day in length and consist of a public presentation on a given topic as well as meetings with relevant stakeholders.
Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of Employment Equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy https://brocku.ca/webfm_send/39939. Please advise:
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To ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.
We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview with be contacted.
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