The Associate University Librarian for Research and Public Services (RPS) provides leadership, vision, and strategic direction to advance research and instruction at Duke University Libraries (DUL). They guide, oversee, and coordinate the functions and departments responsible for providing library services in support of teaching, learning, and research and lead efforts to infuse the values of diversity equity, inclusion, and accessibility into the work of the Research and Public Services division. As a member of the Duke University Libraries’ Executive Group (EG), the AUL for RPS will help lead the development of a strategic vision for the Libraries as Duke enters its second century and embarks on a capital campaign. The AUL for Research and Public Services will be joining DUL at an exciting time of transition with a newly appointed Vice Provost for Library Affairs and several new Associate University Librarians. Once the new leadership team is established and a new strategic plan formulated the scope of responsibilities for this position may evolve.
- Envisions and implements strategies that support the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University.
- Provides programmatic visioning, resource management, and coordination for public services functions across DUL and the campus libraries as appropriate. Aligns operations and workflows with the university’s strategic directions and secures support from key constituents and stakeholders.
- Fosters and sustains an inclusive and welcoming environment for staff, students, scholars, and the general public through the development of equitable services.
- Develops a collaborative work environment, building partnerships with other departments and units throughout the Libraries and University, and encouraging personnel to work across the organization as strategically appropriate.
- In collaboration with the RPS leadership team, fosters the adoption of innovative, user-focused approaches to, research, instruction, and outreach to students and faculty.
- Oversees the division’s budget and manages endowments and funds intended to support public services.
- As a member of the Executive Group, collaborates in system-wide planning, policy development, resource allocation, and personnel management for DUL.
- Participates in library fundraising and other development programs.
- Supervises the heads of the following departments and libraries: Access and Delivery Services; East Campus Libraries; International and Area Studies; Natural Sciences and Engineering; Marine Lab Library
- Manages workforce planning and performance management reviews, assessing and recommending training and learning opportunities; fosters the professional development of librarians and staff to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.
- Works across divisions on key collaborations related to collection development activities and promotes the forward-looking use of technology in support of RPS activities.
- Represents the Libraries in consortia locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally and participate in university projects and initiatives as assigned.
- Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through the continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.
- Performs other duties and undertakes special projects as needed and assigned.
• Oversees a division of approximately 53 FTEs and 8 direct reports.
It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects the diversity of perspective, background, and experience. In addition, managers and supervisors are expected to help develop a common vision by providing clear direction and priorities, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and promoting mutual understanding through effective communication. They are also expected to take the time to effectively plan and evaluate performance, provide feedback, recognition, and coaching, and develop employees to achieve their personal and organizational goals.
Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent advanced degree
Required: At least five years of relevant experience related to the research lifecycle and/or advancing teaching in higher education, including demonstrated experience in research services, user/access services and/or instruction in libraries, academia, or other settings; evidence of progressively increasing supervisory or managerial responsibility; broad knowledge of the library's role in instruction and research; ability to communicate a strong vision of how discipline-based research is changing in response to new technologies and the roles libraries can play in meeting the evolving needs of scholars; strong leadership, effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to analyze work processes and introduce appropriate solutions for greater efficiency of operations; ability to establish effective working relationships campus-wide in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment; proven experience working closely with faculty; a record of significant professional activity; awareness of national and international issues and trends in public services, research, and instruction and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment.
Preferred: Prior experience working in an academic research library; knowledge of current uses of technology in library operations; successful record with fundraising efforts; significant participation in professional associations and/or relevant publications demonstrating leadership in the library, university, national and international programs, and initiatives; experience working in a consortial environment; successful record of developing and initiating new programs.
- Normal office environment
- Some travel required
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.
Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 14 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.
Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23556. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.