Jobs at Prescott College
Director of Library Services
Job ID#: 18-0802b
Job Type: Faculty - Full-time
Date Posted: Thu, 08 Feb 2018
Position Fill Date: Open until filled
Reports to: EVPAA/ Provost
Job Summary (Return to top)
Director of Library Services
Founded in 1966, Prescott College is proud to celebrate its rich 50-year history of offering experientially centered undergraduate and graduate degrees both on campus and via distance learning. Undergraduate students work closely with individual graduation committees to design their own degree plans, pulling from seven study areas: adventure education; arts and humanities; cultural and regional studies; environmental studies and sustainability; interdisciplinary studies; psychology, counseling, and human development; and education. Graduate programs include adventure education, arts and humanities, counseling, education, environmental studies, social justice and community organizing, expressive arts therapy, adventure-based psychotherapy, ecopsychology, and equine-assisted mental health.
Noted as a College of Distinction, one of the Best 382 Colleges by the Princeton Review, one of the top ten Most Innovative Small Colleges, one of the Best Value Colleges in Arizona, one of the Best Online Master’s in Counseling, one of the Best Value Master’s in Counseling programs, one of the 13 most interesting institutions by the Fiske Guide, and a veteran supportive campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. Collaboration is emphasized over competition and interdisciplinary inquiry proceeds alongside professional skill development. Its courses are problem-based and solution-oriented; students work together to solve both local and global issues and help shape a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world.
The Prescott College campus is located in the mountain town of Prescott, Arizona, nestled between the ponderosa forests and grasslands at the confluence of the Granite Creek watershed. The mile-high city is ranked a Top Adventure Town by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, and one of the 7 Top Trail Towns according to Trail Runner Magazine. With over 450 miles of multi-use trails, world-class mountain-biking, a thriving rock-climbing scene, and nearby lakes for kayaking and canoeing, Prescott is an outdoor paradise. The Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Flagstaff, and the red rocks of Sedona are all within a two-hour drive. The historic downtown is just minutes from campus.
Prescott College is searching for our next, Director of Library Services. This position is responsible for manifesting and driving the Prescott College mission of interdisciplinary and experiential learning for social justice and environmental sustainability. This is completed, in part, through the library and other academic support services that are provided to students and
faculty through are on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. The Director plans, organizes, and provides oversight for the college library and technological systems, electronic holdings, Learning Commons, and other academic support services comprising the Information Commons.
The Director, additionally, leads planning efforts to re-imagine the use of the library building and physical and virtual spaces to maximize student engagement and success. The successful candidate will represent library interests on campus and within the Yavapai Library Network and other appropriate consortia. The Director of Library Services must possess a “hands on” approach, as well as being an engaged leader, with the understanding and skill to supervise a collaborative and diverse team of students, staff, and faculty library professionals.
This position requires a candidate that is able to demonstrate experience developing a broad, long term and successful application of their vision and the necessary skill to communicate effectively, this vision to the Prescott College Community. The successful candidate must be able to articulate a collaborative, professional, inclusive and efficient approach, while working with faculty, staff, and students all across Prescott College.
Essential Responsibilities (Return to top)
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Promotes and develops the library mission as a teaching and research library for successful learning for diverse faculty and students from all programs.
- Plans, administers, and evaluates the functions / services of library.
- Forms long-range and short term strategic plans and objectives tied directly to assessment/evaluation data and to the College’s strategic plan.
- Oversees reference and public services, technical services, acquisition, cataloging and processing, serials, media, and electronic databases.
- Attends staff, directors, faculty and other meetings as appropriate.
- Serves on various campus committees.
- Supervises the integration of library and academic support services housed within the library into curricula of all programs and deliveries; enhances usage by constituencies and improves student learning and success.
- Responsible for the administration of the Library and Learning Commons web pages.
- Assures development and scheduling of research and library skills classes.
- Develops, modifies and properly implements, policies and procedures.
- Coordinates development and maintenance of physical and electronic holdings.
- Monitors maintenance and use of physical and electronic collection.
- Collaborates with faculty and students to determine additions to collection.
- Directs circulation, reference and other library resources and services.
- Accountable for organizing and supervising staffing and work assignments for library operations.
- Develops, disseminates and enforces policies for circulation, systems, collections, and other library physical or electronic resources and services.
- Skillfully directs and conducts annual book and magazine inventories
- Develops, implements and ensures, through training, feedback and other means, of a high standard of customer service.
- Collects and analyzes data to inform decision-making.
- Proposes and administers department budget.
- Retrieves required data to prepare and create annual department budget.
- Manages the library’s budget and vendors to achieve College goals.
- Plans for library facilities, space management, and technology needs.
- Seeks outside funding sources to supplement budgets and fund new projects.
- Responsible for the supervision, development and morale of staff.
- Recruits, retains, trains, and evaluates performance of a diverse staff and student body.
- Facilitates effective employee relations (e.g., teamwork, conflict resolution).
- Plans and coordinates training development opportunities for staff and faculty.
- Manage inter-departmental integration and process improvement processes.
- Assures integration of relevant technological systems, databases, and associated processes/workflows for usability, efficiency and effectiveness/
- Maintain and enhance library public relations.
- Maintains presence in the community through networks and associations.
- Serves on the Management Council of the Yavapai Library Network.
- Develops and maintains effective communications within the College; Attends and contributes as appropriate at meetings across the College.
- Professional Development
- Stays abreast with current trends in library and information services.
- Seeks innovative ways to deliver library and information services efficiently and effectively to meet changing constituent needs.
- Special Projects Administration.
- Undertakes strategic initiatives as assigned by the Provost.
Supervision (Return to top)Yes
Education and Experience (Return to top)
Education and Experience:
- Master’s Degree in Library Science (or equivalent terminal degree in closely related field along with library experience).
- Minimal of four years of experience in an academic library including many facets of librarianship with increasing administrative or leadership roles.
- This includes four years’ experience with library planning and management; technical knowledge of library methodologies, systems, databases; integrating information literacy and library research skills into curricula; integration of academic support and student success initiatives into library services, systems and spaces; process improvement and project management; supervisory, organizational, and communication skills.
- Experience working with library consortia preferred. Experience supporting diversity and the ability to speak more than one language are preferred. Creativity and sense of humor required.
Minimum Requirements (Return to top)
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Application Process: To apply for the position of Director of Library Services, please continue to the Prescott College website at Prescott.edu. Under the tab “Employment Opportunities” select this position. The “Application Instructions” will populate.
The Prescott College “application materials” include a letter of interest, a current resume or CV and a completed Prescott College Employment Application with specific position title. All submissions must be complete to be considered. The application materials may be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax (928) 776-5103. For questions and/or clarifications please contact:
Prescott College Human Resources Office
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT: Prescott College is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and supports excellence through diversity. We encourage qualified applicants from historically underrepresented groups along with Veterans and AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to participate in our recruitment efforts.
Prescott College is committed to Equal Opportunity Employment and supports excellence through diversity. We encourage qualified applicants from historically underrepresented groups along with Veterans and AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni to participate in our recruitment efforts.