• Full Time
  • Boca Raton Campus
  • $80,000.00- $90,000.00 with a stipend of $20,000.00 USD / Year

Website Florida Atlantic University

Location Name: Florida Atlantic University
County: Palm Beach
Region: Southeast Florida
Address: 777 Glades Road
City: Boca RatonZipcode: 33431
ALA accredited Masters required: Yes

The FAU Libraries seek a student-focused, high-energy, collaborative, organized, flexible, engaged, positive, innovative, strong written and verbal communicator and self-starter who adapts well to change and can manage multiple projects. We endeavor to be a highly engaged organization that believes in striving for excellence, utilizing assessment and data for decision-making, and maintaining a culture of appreciation/gratitude as we pursue a national ranking of Top 100/R1 academic university. Successful candidates are also expected to demonstrate commitment to professional development, scholarship, service, and lifelong learning.

Reporting directly to the Dean of Libraries, the Assistant Dean for Access, Research, and Learning Services is an integral member of the Libraries’ Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and provides high-level administrative support to the Dean in planning, evaluating, and directing the operations of the Libraries’ Public Services which include: Access Services, Research and Instructional Services, Scholarly Communications Services, and Health Sciences Services. This position develops and implements policies and procedures related to all areas of the Libraries’ operations. In addition to assisting in budget development/oversight and providing overall vision and leadership of Public Services, the Assistant Dean for Access, Research, and Learning Services is responsible for representing the Libraries externally to the FAU community, including members of the public.

Serving as a member of a highly effective Senior Leadership Team, the Assistant Dean for Access, Research, and Learning Services plays a critical role in planning, problem-solving, allocating resources, and making decisions to advance the Libraries’ and University’s initiatives. The successful candidate will work collaboratively and strategically to develop a shared vision and goals aligned with Florida Atlantic University’s priorities. The University is focused on enhancing research and supporting an engaging learning environment for all users, and the Libraries are key partners in this endeavor.

Essential Functions:

Provide overall vision, leadership, and management for the FAU Libraries’ Public Services, including Access Services, Research and Instructional Services, Scholarly Communications Services, and Health Sciences Collections.
Participate fully as a member of the Libraries’ SLT to plan, allocate resources, and make decisions that align with the Libraries’ strategic plan and the aspiring goals of the University.
Identify opportunities for continuous improvement within Public Services and the Libraries overall in collaboration with the Libraries’ SLT, including recommending new programs and services.
Provide strategic direction to all library faculty and staff in Public Services using collaborative leadership strategies and transparency to build cohesive teams and accomplish goals.
Develop and strengthen a proactive and collegial managerial style within Public Services that fosters positive working relationships with mutual respect and teamwork, gratitude, kindness, leadership growth, and professional development.
Provide training, guidance, mentoring, and conduct library faculty and staff direct report evaluations and reviews of all evaluations within Public Services at all levels.
Establish strategies for positive and effective communication within all Public Services areas, including routine meetings with direct reports, staff meetings as appropriate, and routine communication through other means.
Actively engage in problem-solving and positive change management in leading initiatives in all areas of Public Services.
Develop policies, procedures, appropriate staffing levels, responsibilities, and workflows for Public Services to optimally meet FAU student, faculty, and community needs.
Collaborate and/or provide guidance to library faculty and staff members at all levels in Public Services on special projects, engagement activities, task forces, and library operations.
Further the development of Research and Instructional Services to include advanced research services and instruction strategies, implementing expectations and standards for library faculty and outcome measures:
Working with Ph.D. and Post Docs.
Scholarly Communications.
Collaboration with the Dean of Libraries, Libraries’ Senior Leadership Team, and Development regarding fundraising.
Collecting, analyzing, and communicating data.
In collaboration with the Dean of Libraries and Associate Dean of University Libraries, assist with coordinating Public Services’ resources and services regarding the FAU Broward Campuses and the FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
In collaboration with the Dean of Libraries, Libraries’ SLT, and other administrative staff, oversee Minor Project Requests and major Capital Improvement Plan projects regarding space development and new space construction at the Boca Raton Campus library.
Partner with student and faculty groups on campus to enhance the Libraries’ services and to advance the goals of the University.
Build and maintain effective working relationships externally, including members of the public, community-based organizations, and vendors.
Represent the Dean of Libraries in internal or external meetings and may serve as the Senior Officer Present in the absence of the Dean and Associate Dean as needed.
Prepare comprehensive, accurate, and timely reports, records, and other documents.
Contribute to developing and strengthening a positive view of the FAU Libraries as an active partner in the University’s educational and research mission and assist with promoting the Libraries’ needs and services.
Investigate opportunities to carry out, publish, and present original research and projects related to the area of expertise or responsibility.
Serve on appropriate Libraries, University, regional or national committees.
Mentor library faculty and staff.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

• ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent, or doctorate in a related field.
• Minimum of five years as a professional librarian with demonstrated leadership and/or management experience in an academic, public, or special library or related field.
• Ability to meet standards of Associate Librarian including scholarship and service.
• Experience with teaching and learning, and/or research services in an academic, public, or special library or related field environment.
• Demonstrates commitment and success in working collaboratively with internal units and external partners.
• Demonstrates ability to work independently and collaboratively as a team member and team leader where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and cooperation are essential.
• Demonstrates strong organization and excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to use information technologies for effective communication and work productivity.
• Demonstrates initiative and strong interpersonal skills with a high level of professionalism and exceptional work ethic.
• Ability to analyze and adapt to change in an ever-evolving and rapidly growing institution.
• Demonstrates sustained record of scholarship, research, and/or creative endeavors.
• Demonstrates record of service with leadership roles on committees and projects.


Multilingual Skills Required: No
Contact Person: Mahesh Neelakanta
Contact Email: mahesh@fau.edu
Contact Phone: 561-297-4546
How to Apply / Instructions:

REQ16955 – Assistant Dean for Access, Research, and Learning Services

Apply now to join FAU on its race to excellence.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

This position is subject to funding.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website (https://fau.edu/jobs) by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.

Required Documents:
FAU’s Career Page permits the attachment of required/requested documentation.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into a single attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. When completing the online application, please upload the following:
1. Cover letter addressing the essential functions, minimum qualifications, and knowledge skills, and abilities regarding this position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. One-page librarian philosophy statement
4. Provide the names and contact information for three references

Top applicants will be invited for a campus visit and will be asked to give a presentation on a topic to be determined. Full applications received by December 8, 2023 at 4pm EST will be given first review priority.

The selected candidate for this position is required to submit an official transcript sent directly from the institution for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Similarly, for degrees from outside the United States, the evaluation by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts) is required for the Provost’s credential file prior to the first day of employment. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University, not to the individual applicant.

Background Screening:
Selected candidates must successfully complete and pass all employment screenings prior to the start of employment. Employment screenings may include a criminal background check (level I and level II), motor vehicle check, credit check, reference checks, alcohol, and drug screening check.

As a Hispanic-serving institution, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse institutions in the Florida state university system. We are committed to recruiting and retaining talented faculty and staff. We embrace our shared responsibility to create and celebrate a welcoming and inclusive campus environment for all. Our community features excellent schools, a vibrant and safe community, and a sub-tropical climate conductive to year-round outdoor activities.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711