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Dean of Libraries / Professor (FAC005)

Concordia is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.  This mission further embodies the core themes of servant leadership, rigor and Lutheran.  The Concordia University School of Law integrates faith, learning, and civic engagement in the search for truth, social justice and informed voice of reason.

Position Title

Dean of Libraries


Concordia University, George R. White Learning and Library Center

Reports To

Chief Officer of Academic and Student Success (PR0013)

FLSA Status


Salary Grade

Varies depending on degree, experience, and level of scholarship

Primary Work Location

Onsite Main Campus, Portland OR

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday with flexibility to work irregular hours and weekends required.

Assessment Schedule

Position assessed after the initial 90 days and then annually

Position Number


Employee Class

07 – Faculty Full Time Exempt

EEO Classification



1.0, full-time

Last Updated

January 2017


Position Summary

The position of Dean of Libraries is a ranked, full-time faculty position. The Dean of Library Services is an entrepreneurial learning specialist who develops and promotes information literacy for the campus community, challenging students, faculty, staff and area residents to grow in their understandings of how to access, evaluate and utilize information. Success will be determined by the ability to exhibit skills in leadership, vision and strategic direction in an academic setting.



Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Envisions and administers all aspects of library operation, including literacy instruction, facility planning, budgeting, strategic planning, program evaluation, policy development, collection development, and reference and research services.


Ensures library priorities are consistent with the University’s mission and values.


Actively engages in helping develop campus initiatives, programs and strategic planning.


Manages vendor relations for library resources and collections.


Manages library personnel in accordance with University policies and procedures, federal law and state law.


Oversees the cataloging of library, institutional repository and archival resources.


Promotes outreach to faculty, staff, students and community users in the use of library information services.


Liaison to professional, local, state and national networks and organizations.


Participates as a faculty member with all rights, privileges and responsibilities as determined by Concordia University.


Directs library assessment for inclusion in campus assessment reporting.


Participate in service activities, both inside and outside of the University.


Work Contacts

The position requires daily interaction with students, staff, faculty, and administrators, as well as frequent interaction with external vendors, members of the community and colleagues from other institutions.


Scope of Work

Responsible for managing strategic and tactical initiatives and programs that support the overall objectives and goals of the university. Ensures university wide compliance with applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations. Leads and oversees broad organizational practices to ensure maximum effectiveness, risk containment and efficiency. Responsible for significant people management, budget and financial responsibility.


Working Conditions

Work is generally performed in an office and library environment with limited noise exposure. Some professional travel is required.


Minimum Physical Requirements

Able to use computer hardware and peripherals as well as office equipment including copiers and scanners.

Able to communicate effectively in person, in front of audiences, electronically and via telephone.

Tolerance to repetitive motions including keyboarding and writing.

Able to perform complex logical and numerical reasoning.

Tolerance to prolong static positioning such as extended periods of sitting/standing at a computer station and attending meetings of long duration.

Able to lift, pull, grasp, stoop and reach within an office environment.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

MLIS, MLS, MSLS or MALS from an ALA accredited institution (or international equivalent).

5+ years’ relevant experience in academic libraries; including progressively responsible work related experience in personnel and financial management.

Participatory management style.

Strong user-centered service philosophy.

Proven leadership skills.

Successful management experience in a library or archival setting.

Knowledge of computer information services and systems


Preferred Education and Experience Requirements

Doctorate, Doctorate in progress, or dual Master’s degrees.

Successful teaching experience.

Experience working in a library consortium environment.

Experience managing and/or planning digital library special collections and archives.


Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Ability and willingness to continuously strive for excellence in learning, teaching, student mentorship and collegiality.

Ability and willingness to contribute on a regular and consistent basis to the goals of Concordia University.

Ability to make decisions in a collaborative and collegial, administrative manner.

Experience and desire to create a resource environment that respects, includes and enhances diversity of thought and promotes effective consideration of alternative points of view.

Receptive to mentoring, feedback and coaching.

Proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite and other applicable technology on a regular basis

Effective and professional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication.

Possess and demonstrate integrity, judgment, positivity and professionalism.


Attitude and Demeanor of all Concordia University Employees

Publicly support the mission of Concordia University

Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates

Work as a team member in a professional environment

Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the demands of the university)

Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, hygiene, etc.)


Pre-Employment Screening Requirements

Successfully pass a criminal background check.