Job: Dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library

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Dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library

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Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


The University of North Florida is a comprehensive public university in Jacksonville that serves more than 17,000 students. The university seeks a visionary, collaborative leader to serve as the Dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. The Dean is the chief administrator of the university library and reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

The Dean of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library is a 12-month administrative faculty position with responsibility for the organization, administration, operation, and evaluation of library services, physical facilities, staff, collection, and budgets. A non-tenure track position with University Librarian rank, the Dean, along with faculty, staff, and students, strives to meet the educational objectives of the University by playing an active role in developing the library’s collections and services and the growing area of digital collections and application of emergent technologies.  

The Dean serves on the UNF Council of Deans. Convened by the Provost, the Council considers a broad array of areas including strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, budgeting, curricular and administrative issues, academic policies, and college/Academic Affairs initiatives aimed at enhancing both faculty and student life on campus.

Beyond the University, the Dean works closely with other Florida public university library deans as well as represents the Library in the community and at the state and national level.

The attractive four-story, 199,000 sq. ft. Carpenter Library averages 750,000 visits by faculty, staff, students, and community visitors each year. The Library employs 19 library faculty, 4 administrative and professional staff, 18 university support personnel staff, and 34 library student assistants.More information about the Thomas G. Carpenter Library is available at



The successful candidate will have an ALA accredited master’s degree or its equivalent as well as an additional advanced degree. A Ph.D. or other doctoral-level degree is preferred. 

A strong background in managing library services with positions of increasing responsibility in library administration at the division head level or above in an academic institution that includes master-level programs is required. Candidates must have documented experience with technology appropriate to university libraries. A record of research and scholarship in library-related issues and experience in an institution with doctoral programs are highly desirable.

The candidate must demonstrate:


  • leadership and vision
  • ability to work collegially with University faculty from all disciplines in an atmosphere of shared governance
  • commitment to community outreach and fundraising
  • experience in strategic planning
  • a record of participation in state and/or national library organizations


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Library Type:
  • Academic Libraries
  • Institutional Libraries

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Job Place:
Jacksonville, Florida

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Northeast Florida

1 UNF Drive




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Jacksonville, Florida

1 UNF Drive




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Contact Name:
Emily Parker Myers or Jennifer Barfield

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How to apply

Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited. 

Application packet must include: a)  Letter of interest, b) Current resume/curriculum vitae, and c)  At least five references with full contact and e-mail information (References will not be contacted without applicant’s consent.)

Submit application packet toUNF@myersmcrae.comby April 22, 2019, forbest consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

Submit nominations to UNF-nominate@myersmcrae.comwith contact and e-mail information on the individual being nominated.

Emily Parker Myers, CEO, and Jennifer Barfield, Senior Vice President, of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, are assisting the University of North Florida with this search. 

UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution. Under Florida law, employment applications, resumes and additional applicant documentation are subject to public record. 


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