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Associate Director, Head of Public Services

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Work type: Faculty- Librarian
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Library


Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

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The Albin O Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County seeks an experienced manager to become a key member of the Library Executive Team and to provide future vision, oversight, leadership and strategic direction for the library’s public services.

This permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II reports to the Library Director. The Associate Director is the head of Public Services and provides leadership and strategic visioning for the departments of Reference Services, Circulation/Media Services, Interlibrary Loan, and Special Collections & Library Gallery at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop, set and assess the strategic direction for Circulation/Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
  • Ensure that goals and strategic direction align with the Library’s Strategic Plan;
  • Lead departmental managers who are responsible for Circulation/Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
  • Participate in library planning in collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors;
  • Serve on library-wide, university and university system committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program required. 
  • Five years’ professional experience with progressive responsibility, including a minimum of three  years’ experience managing and developing staff in an academic library, particularly in access services areas.
  • Proven knowledge of current and emerging trends, principles, procedures, and best practices related to at least three of the public services areas: circulation, course reserves, resource sharing (Interlibrary Loan), information services, and stacks management.
  • A record of successful collaborative work in a complex environment, such as a consortium or multi-type library.
  • Proven leadership and management skills.
  • Proven experience working in a collaborative team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to high quality user service.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and person-ably both verbally and in writing.
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Experience working with Ex Libris products.
  • Experience working directly in one (or more) of the public services departments: Reference, ILL, Circulation/Media, Special Collections & Library Gallery.
  • Experience with budgeting in an academic library setting.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants should provide a cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position, a resume or curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for three professional references, and a personal statement demonstrating a commitment to inclusive excellence in higher education.

For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese at 

For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana at or at (410) 455-2356

Screening of Applications Begins:
For best consideration, please respond by October 22, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary & Benefits:
Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Salary is commensurate with experience starting at $85,000.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook -

Hours: Full-time 
About UMBC:

UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (

 Equal Opportunity Statement:  UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Accommodation: If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Work Authorization   As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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