Dean at Drake University- Des Moines, IA

Drake University seeks an energetic, innovative and collaborative leader to
serve as Dean of Cowles Library at the rank of Professor. Drake University is
a midsize, private university in Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines, and offers
more than 70 majors, minors, and concentrations, and 23 graduate and
professional degrees through six colleges and schools. Drake’s mission is to
provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for
meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible
global citizenship. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean leads the strategic and
operational direction of Cowles Library and joins a team of thirteen faculty
librarians and eight full-time staff in support of the University’s mission.

As a member of the University leadership team, the dean will work
collaboratively to establish the strategic direction of Cowles Library and its
relationship to the University. The dean champions the values and ethics of
librarianship, and leads their application to library programs and services
that further the library and University missions.

The dean is also responsible for developing and maintaining strong
relationships beyond the campus community. The dean leads the library’s
efforts to identify and cultivate fundraising opportunities and to develop
collaborative relationships with other libraries and consortia.

The dean oversees all aspects of library operations, including personnel,
budget, policy development, facilities planning, archives and services. The
dean communicates with appropriate library committees and groups to ensure
that operational goals–and library faculty and staff roles in pursuit of
those goals–are clear.

Required Qualifications:
●       Master’s degree in library or information science (or equivalent) from
an ALA-accredited program
●       A record of scholarship, achievement, and professional service that
meets Drake University’s and Cowles Library’s criteria for tenure and is
appropriate for appointment as full professor
●       Demonstrated leadership and management experience
●       A commitment to inclusive excellence and equity, specifically the
ability to work with individuals and groups of diverse socioeconomic,
cultural, sexual orientation, disability, and/or ethnic backgrounds
●       Superior communication and interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications:
●       Evidence of success in developing collaborative relationships within
and beyond the university
●       A collaborative style of leadership and an ability to create a climate
of cooperation and trust among constituencies
●       The ability to cultivate relationships with alumni, donors, and local
and community partners
●       A demonstrated commitment to promoting programs and services that
embrace the social value of inclusivity and diversity of identities,
backgrounds and ideas
●       Administrative and budgetary leadership at an academic library

Candidates should respond to the above qualifications by providing a detailed
letter describing relevant experiences, a current CV or resume, and the names,
addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five professional
references. Application information can be found at
. To be assured full consideration, applications must be received
by October 2, 2017. The anticipated start date is on or around July 1, 2018.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Carrie Dunham-LaGree,
Cowles Library Dean Search Committee Chair, at

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