Position: Head of Liberal Arts Programs, University Libraries
Rank: Assistant or Associate Librarian (tenure-track)
Reports to: Associate Dean of Research and Instructional Services
Location: Mary Idema Pew Library Learning & Information Commons,
Grand Valley State University Libraries seeks engaged and collegial applicants
for Head of Liberal Arts Programs. This tenure-track faculty librarian
position provides guidance, supervision, and leadership for a team of liberal
arts librarians and professional support staff from a variety of backgrounds
and mentors library faculty and staff in connecting their work to the
libraries’ mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities.
The individual in this position works collaboratively with all department
heads and the libraries’ leadership team to facilitate communication and
teamwork, to provide excellent public services, and to strategically convey
the importance of the library and its services to the higher education
community. The successful candidate will directly assist in furthering the
libraries’ outreach, collection development, scholarly communications, and
GVSU librarians are full members of the university faculty and must possess
the potential to fulfill the requirements for promotion and tenure, and are
expected to engage in scholarship and professional development, institutional
and professional service, and faculty governance.
* A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library
Association (ALA) or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation
process as identified by ALA.
*Two years of supervisory experience, including demonstrated ability
to lead team-based projects
*Demonstrated commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive
environment for a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
*Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability work successfully in
an intensely collaborative environment
*Minimum of five years of professional library experience
*Demonstrated knowledge of issues and trends in higher education and
* Ability to meet the university’s expectations of scholarship and
service for tenure
*Experience with instruction, collection development, and scholarly
* Commitment to professional development and ability to mentor faculty
* Minimum of three years of academic library experience
* Experience working in a shared governance environment with faculty
* Evidence of scholarly publications and significant presentations
contributing to the body of knowledge in the field of librarianship
Grand Valley State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for racial and ethnic
minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
University policy extends protections to additional identities. See
www.gvsu.edu/affirmative. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-
3777. Salary range is commensurate with experience. GVSU librarians enjoy a
comprehensive benefit package, including support for professional development.
Grand Valley State University is a public four-year comprehensive university
located in west Michigan with campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland,
plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than
25,000 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities.
The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of over one
million, is rich in cultural amenities, and in easy driving distance of superb
summer and winter recreational venues.
Salary: Commensurate with experience along with a comprehensive benefits
How To Apply: Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu<http://jobs.gvsu
“Apply now”. Include cover letter and resume. The online system will allow
you to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance or have
questions, call Human Resources at (616) 331-2215.
Application Deadline Date: May 9, 2015
Allendale, Michigan 49401 – (616) 331-5000
For more information about Grand Valley, see our website at jobs.gvsu.edu
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution