Position Announcement: Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, Iowa State University Library

By IS Lab May 5, 2022

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Position Title:

Associate University Librarian for Academic Services

Job Group:

Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree and 10 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience supervising direct reports.
Experience mentoring and developing staff.
Experience building and maintaining partnerships at the local, regional, and national level.
Ability to introduce new approaches, build consensus, and lead organizational change.
Familiarity with the operations of at least one of the division’s major areas: instruction, digital scholarship, research services, special collections, archives, or preservation.
Demonstrated commitment to the value of diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

Not all preferred qualifications must be met for consideration.

Job Description:


The Iowa State University Library (Library) seeks an innovative, collaborative, and visionary leader to serve as its inaugural Associate University Librarian for Academic Services. The individual will chart the vision and strategic direction for the newly created Academic Services division. As the lead of approximately 40 staff across six departments, this role will shape, launch, and scale the division, which combines the operations of Digital Scholarship & Initiatives, Preservation, and Special Collections & University Archives, and Research and Instruction Services. The individual in this position will create a unified vision, collaborate with Library Administration on strategic planning, and build campus-wide relationships that drive forward momentum across Academic Services and the Library.

The Library is in the midst of an exciting and critical transformation, implementing innovative changes throughout its operations, structure, and culture. Together, we are not only redefining ourselves but expanding how people see and engage with a 21st-century, land-grant academic library. We are focusing on expanding experiential learning opportunities that deepen research outcomes, establishing on- and off-campus partnerships that broaden reach and impact, and enhancing our support for student and faculty success. We are seeking someone who will play a lead role in the development of a fresh vision for a sustainable, global, and just information future for the Iowa State community and beyond.

Reporting to the Dean of Library, the Associate University Librarian will play an important role in shaping the internal and external direction of the new division and the library at large. We are looking for someone to inspire, build trust, empower professional growth, and engage staff in delivering user-centered services. The most competitive candidates will have experience with and the ability to discuss approaches to change management, fostering innovation, the development of high-trust and high-performing teams, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Major Duties:

• Serves as a member of the Library’s administrative cabinet, and shares responsibility for leading strategic planning and other Library‐wide initiatives.

• Leads organizational change, engages in collaborative decision-making, and builds consensus around a strategic vision for Academic Services.

• Promotes an organizational culture that questions conventional approaches, experiments with new ideas, and approaches failure as a learning experience.

• Develops a fundamental understanding of Academic Services to effectively plan, lead, advocate, and assess their progress toward divisional and departmental goals.

• Facilitates interdepartmental communication to encourage innovation, flexibility, and creativity.

• Facilitates organizational change, empowers professional growth, and engages staff in delivering user-centered services.

• Identifies opportunities to partner with stakeholders whose work intersects with the division to develop new collaborative services.

• Builds relationships with stakeholders to highlight, assess, and maintain the services provided by the division.

• Stays up to date on new and emerging developments within the division and how these developments may impact and/or influence department and divisional responsibilities.

• Advances the libraries’ priorities and strategic directions through participation on library and university committees, task forces, and project teams.

• Demonstrates a commitment to advancing DEI efforts across the university library and contributes to an inclusive environment within the division.

Example of Duties
• Manages the development, implementation, and coordination of library-wide services.
• Leads the department by providing direction and vision.
• Continuously develops, assesses and evaluates programs, services and processes.
• Formulates policies and guidelines for unit/department activities.
• Responsible for supervising personnel.

Level Guidelines
• May provide input into the strategic planning process.
• Operationalizes annual goals and objectives from strategic plan with department(s) to develop annual departmental objective and action plans.
• Develops and recommends institution policy within area of functional or operational expertise.
• Scope of influence may be a function, a large sub function, or multiple sub functions.
• Manages staff and sets priorities for department(s).
• Typically has sufficient staff to have multiple Managers or Supervisors as direct reports.
• Has full management responsibility for direct reports, specifically the authority to hire, fire, and counsel.
• Understands key drivers of financial performance for operational areas
• Provides substantial input to the budgeting process.
• Responsible for budgetary decisions according to guidelines within functional area.
• Recommends financial decisions that impact area of responsibility.

What We Are Looking For:

ISU library values and benefits from diversity, equity, and inclusion and incorporates these values in our work; as such, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, public service, and the land-grant mission. Information on our recent initiatives and environment are available. We seek candidates who will broaden our lived experiences and perspectives and support our patrons and staff of all identities and backgrounds.

The successful candidate will be expected to function in a rapidly changing, team-based environment which will require the use of organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills, and the ability to interact and communicate effectively with library staff and the university community. These skills will aid the candidate in formulating and implementing innovative approaches and solutions to problems and communicating complex ideas to a wide range of audiences.

ISU Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance and is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, healthy, and inclusive environment where all individuals can succeed and thrive. All library staff report their DEI efforts on annual evaluations. ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu

Appointment Type:


Number of Months Employed Per Year:

12 Month Work Period

Time Type:

Full time

Pay Grade:


Salary range: $95,522-$162,388

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:
• Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
• Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans;
• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
• Life insurance and long-term disability;
• Flexible Spending Accounts;
• Various voluntary benefits and discounts
• Employee Assistance Program;
• Wellbeing program;
• This job may also be eligible for flexible work schedules and flexible workplace options that may include flexible working hours and a hybrid working environment.

Original Posting Date:

May 2, 2022

Posting Close Date:

June 1, 2022

Job Requisition Number: