Employment Opportunity: Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems

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The College of Charleston Libraries seek an innovative leader to serve as the Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems. The successful candidate should have several years of progressively responsible experience managing a collection development or cataloging department as well as experience managing library systems. The library seeks a leader with a keen sense of the evolving role of academic libraries. The position requires someone with strong analytical, budgeting and decision making skills, and an ability to achieve results by motivating staff and colleagues. A record of professional participation, knowledge of issues and trends, and the ability to represent the library at all levels is essential. A member of the senior management team, the Assistant Dean reports to the Dean of Libraries.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Assistant Dean for Technical Services and Library Systems provides leadership and administrative responsibility for the Collection Development, Cataloging and Systems Departments.   

Responsibilites and Duties

Managing and Budgeting  25%

Manages cataloging, collection development and systems departments, comprised of four librarians, 10 full time staff, and 20 student workers.

Sets annual objectives and evaluates the performance of each department head.

Working with head of Collection Development Department, manages $2.6 million materials budget.

Working with head of Systems Department, manages $200,000  technology budget.

 Collection Development and Cataloging   40%

Plans and leads implementation of traditional and digital services in cataloging, acquisitions, serials management, electronic resources licensing and collection management.

Represents library in a range of consortia and partnerships at state, regional and national levels.

 Library Systems   25%

Supervises the acquision,  implementation, maintenance and upgrade of software and hardware platforms in support of library functions including the Innovative Interfaces library management system, the ContentDM digital library, the ILLiad resource sharing system and the EZproxy remote access server.

Collaborates with library faculty and staff in planning and implementation of digital initiatives and web applications.

Maintains liaison with IT and other campus units.

Library and College Affairs  10%

In absence of the Dean, serves as his/her representative.

Serves as library liaison to academic departments.

Undertakes research and/or professional development related to professional and scholarly interests.

Serves on library, college and professional committees, elected and assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Graduate degree in librarianship from ALA –accredited institution.

Three years of experience managing a technical services department.

Three years of progressively responsible experience managing an integrated library system.

Five years of supervisory experience including hiring, training and evaluating librarians and library staff.

Experience with budgeting, planning and project management. Note:  Experience may be concurrent

Demonstrated proficiency in digital technologies, applications, and reporting tools.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium system, OCLC’s ILLiad system, ERes, EZproxy, and library digitization projects.

Knowledge of web technologies, library information technology standards and protocols.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation and rank are commensurate with experience.  The salary range begins at $ 75,000   and includes benefits package. The position is full time, tenure track appointment.  Benefits: State holidays (approximately 12 per year), paid sick leave and vacation, contribution towards moving expenses, health insurance, dental insurance, optional 401K, 457 and 403B supplemental retirement accounts, and a variety of optional insurance plans including Long Term Disability and Long Term Care.  Retirement options include either the South Carolina Retirement System or one of the State optional retirement programs.

College of Charleston:

 The College of Charleston is a public university that has built its reputation upon a long tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The College, founded in 1770, is the 13th oldest college in the nation, and the campus is located in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina. The College offers 46 undergraduate majors, 18 Master’s degree programs, and 10 graduate certificates. The student body includes approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and 1600 graduate students, with students from across the nation and from 67 countries. The Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library is a new library in the heart of historic Charleston.  The College of Charleston is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Women, underrepresented minorities and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Review of applications will begin in July and will remain open until finalists are identified.

To Apply

Send 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) the names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to Claire Fund, Search Coordinator at fundc@cofc.edu.  Electronic application materials are strongly preferred.  Transcripts and background checks will be required of finalists.

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