Associate Dean of Libraries and Chief Librarian

The Associate Dean and Chief Librarian administers...


The Associate Dean and Chief Librarian administers one or more key College programs, developing, implementing, and assessing programs and services to produce high-quality results and meet strategic goals. The Chief Librarian also coordinates activities among different units, and with areas outside the College, and may oversee staff, budget, operations, and facilities.


The City College of New York/CUNY seeks a creative and experienced Associate Dean of Libraries and Chief Librarian to direct nine active libraries: the Morris Raphael Cohen Library (main library), and eight specialized branches (Architecture Library, Center for Worker Education Library, College Archives and Special Collections, Dominican Studies Institute Research Library and Archives, Music Library, Medical School Library, Science-Engineering Library and School of Public Health).

The Chief Librarian will lead approximately 40 full-time and 100 part-time faculty and staff, administering a collection of well over one million print and digital items. The City College Libraries serve a comprehensive and diverse campus of approximately 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students and over 600 full-time faculty in all major disciplines and including five professional schools.

Reporting to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of The City College of New York, the Dean of Libraries will provide strategic direction and vision for the Library. In collaboration with the University Librarian and other CUNY library leaders, the Chief Librarian participates in the development of cooperative library services within CUNY and beyond. The Chief Librarian serves as advocate and spokesperson for the City College Libraries on campus, locally, statewide and nationwide

The successful candidate will be a transformative leader who will introduce and implement new ways that the Library can serve the research, creativity, and pedagogy of our faculty, and support the educational experiences of our students.

Founded in 1847, the City College of New York (CCNY) is a public institution with public purpose, producing citizens who make an impact on the cultural, social, and economic vitality of New York, the nation, and the world. A High-Research Institution located in Harlem, we are a Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution, and 66% of our full-time undergraduates attend the college tuition free.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.


The successful candidate will have an ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree with an additional Master's degree in an academic field and a minimum of ten years related experience; established record of scholarly and professional achievement; demonstrated knowledge of traditional library functions, emerging technologies, and trends in higher education and their impact on library services; strong commitment to service-oriented collaboration and outreach with multiple campus constituencies; experience with assessment and strategic planning in academe; robust record as a leader; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; evidence of effective resource management (i.e. collections, budget, personnel, etc.); institutional capacity building skills (collaborative fundraising/grant-writing); and dedication to building, fostering and mentoring a diverse faculty and staff.
Demonstrated experience with library planning and renovation.

Doctoral degree is preferred, along with experience in tenure-bearing institutions and supervision of tenured faculty; ten or more years of progressively responsible library management and budgeting experience; experience with library construction; and significant experience in an academic or research library.

CUNY TITLE - Associate Dean

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS - Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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CLOSING DATE - Open until filled with review of applications to begin after December 13, 2021.

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