Associate Dean, Libraries and Academic Innovation – George Washington University, Washington, DC

Position Description Summary:

The George Washington University is the largest research university in the nation’s capital, located blocks from the White House, the State Department, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. GW currently enrolls approximately 25,000 students, including 10,000 undergraduates, in ten colleges and schools at three campuses in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Over the past twenty years, the university has made remarkable strides, including consolidation of the main campus at Foggy Bottom; the establishment of a wide variety of new degree programs, both on-campus and off; the construction of a Northern Virginia campus devoted to graduate study and research in science and technology; and the acquisition of the beautiful Mount Vernon Campus in Georgetown with a focus on specialized undergraduate programs. Thanks to these developments, GW has attracted an increasingly high caliber of faculty and students. With faculty at the top of their fields, and partnerships with organizations locally and around the globe, GW remains a first-choice among students of political science, public policy, international relations, public health, and other disciplines. Under its current leadership, the university has magnified its support for science and engineering, including the construction of a new research facility and the recruitment of nationally recognized research faculty.

As the largest research university in the District of Columbia and a rising institution of higher education in this country, GWU has two obligations: to collect and create knowledge and make it available to the world, and to produce a steady stream of critical thinkers who know how to utilize knowledge to become leaders in whatever field they enter. These two obligations merge in the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation.

GW Libraries & Academic Innovation (LAI) enriches the academic experience of scholars and students and spurs innovation at GW. Our resources and services advance research and teaching through access to the latest scholarship as well as rich archival sources; tailored support for researchers at all levels; guidance for faculty who want to explore new methods and technologies in the classroom; and robust support for online education. GW LAI fosters deeper collaboration between previously separate areas to forward the strategic goal of generating, making accessible, and preserving new knowledge.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The new AD will join the current GW LAI leadership team in providing vision and leadership to librarians and staff of LAI, where we focus on research support, teaching & learning, student success, undergraduate research, online course support, academic technologies, communications and outreach to the GW community. The AD will join the other LAI ADs in working together as a team to consider the most effective approaches for providing services and solutions, and engaging students, faculty and staff to understand their academic support needs. Projects and activities will be viewed from a total GW LAI perspective, with librarians and staff performing together based on requirements and skills rather than reporting structures. This creates a healthy, vibrant organization that addresses faculty and student needs effectively. As a member of the senior management team, they will participate in planning, budget, operations, and personnel decisions for GW LAI.

The successful candidate will demonstrate dynamic, innovative and creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects and teams, solving problems, and initiating new services designed to meet user needs. The successful candidate must understand the broad landscape of current trends in research libraries and demonstrate successfully implementing new technologies and methods in an operational setting. The AD will have strength in multiple operational areas and flexibility to work towards library-wide goals. This will enable shifts of management responsibility as needed to support an efficient and agile organization that changes and adapts to the university’s needs over time. Initial areas of oversight will include The Special Collections Research Center, housing our special collections and university archives, and the Global Resources Center (GRC). The GRC currently supports area studies teaching and research in subjects that include the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Asia, and Russia, Eurasia, Central and Eastern Europe (REECE). We recognize that LAI is continually growing and changing, therefore portfolios of responsibility are likely to shift as areas of focus are realigned. The AD will serve on LAI, University, and consortium committees, as well as represent the LAI and the University in a variety of groups and forums. They are expected to contribute to the profession and continue to be active in professional groups that advance both the profession and the academy.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science or advanced degree with relevant experience and continuing education.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience as a professional librarian, archivist, and/or scholar in increasingly responsible positions.
  • At least five years of experience in a managerial or supervisory role in libraries or library-related organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage others in collaborative planning and delivery of user-centered services.
  • Demonstrated awareness of current trends and the ability to assess these trends for implementation in an operational setting.
  • Commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills.

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