Dean, University Libraries

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 21, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of Dean, University Libraries. The new Dean will be an engaged advocate for the Libraries who will partner and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to continue to elevate our exceptional libraries amidst changes in the nature of knowledge creation, preservation, and dissemination, and shifting pedagogies for lifelong learning. The new Dean will be an individual who exhibits strong and inspiring leadership, coupled with the ability to articulate and realize a compelling vision for the future of UNLV's libraries as UNLV progresses toward top tier status.

Overview of the University Libraries

UNLV University Libraries break the mold in defining the research library of the future at a vibrant, diverse, urban university that is redefining excellence among public research universities. UNLV is an integral part of the intellectual and cultural vitality of the Southern Nevada region, inviting community members into the campus and supporting faculty and students who are engaged in embedded learning in the community. It is in this rich educational and research environment that the UNLV University Libraries has established its place at the center of learning.

The UNLV University Libraries, consisting of the Lied Library and four satellite libraries (Music, Teacher Resource Development, Architecture, and Health Sciences), are dynamic laboratories where learners explore, discover, innovate, and create. The Libraries' total annual operating budget for FY 2017 is $17.5 million, which includes salaries, collections, and operating, but excludes income from endowed funds, grants, and other budgeted soft accounts. The Libraries employ 127 staff, including 57 library faculty, 29 non-tenure-track administrative faculty, and 39 classified staff as well as 126 students, 2 visiting faculty and 19 part-time employees, 12 of whom are funded through external funding from grants and gifts. Since 2007, the University Libraries have secured additional external, competitive funds each year, resulting in 16 grant awards totaling $1.7 million.

The Libraries connect people with information, leveraging technology to advance lifelong learning for all. Our libraries are active partners with the academic and Las Vegas communities, with a mission to foster an information-literate citizenry that is able to navigate the increasingly fragmented, complex information environment to make informed and sound decisions for their professional and personal lives. For more information about UNLV University Libraries, please visit

Position Summary

The Dean reports to Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Diane Z. Chase, and serves on the Deans' Council, which is comprised of peer academic leaders. As a member of UNLV's senior academic team, the Dean, University Libraries, is an active participant in the education, research, and community engagement mission of the university. The Dean is responsible for overall leadership and administration of the University Libraries. This includes: managing and promoting a thriving organizational culture; leading change management efforts; budget and resource oversight; planning and policy formulation; support for the University's mission to achieve top tier status; collaborating with campus and community stakeholders; and leading external relations activities, including fundraising.

Desired Qualities and Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution and will bring to the role significant experience and achievement in managing within an academic research library. This individual will be committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce, will possess effective budget management skills and experience, and will exhibit knowledge of effective assessment for continuous improvement. This candidate should have a strong understanding of the Libraries' role as an educational partner; be highly conversant in current trends in scholarly communication, open access, and research support; understand the importance of Special Collections to research and preservation of cultural heritage; and have a record of successfully implementing strategic programs to achieve institutional planning goals. The new Dean will be the lead fundraiser for the Library at the local, regional, and national level by developing a distinct and compelling case for gifts and other forms of support for the Library, including grant funding and gifts-in-kind. The successful candidate will be a strong and effective communicator who can collaborate with the Libraries Advisory Board to enhance alumni and community knowledge of and support for the Libraries, and effectively collaborate with all Colleges and units on campus to support a thriving and diverse scholarly community.

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The University

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting urban research university with a vibrant and culturally-diverse campus community. The university is ranked in the category of “higher research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation. UNLV serves approximately 29,000 students, including 4,500 graduate and professional students, supported by about 1,100 faculty and scholars. UNLV offers a broad range of respected academic programs and is on a path to join the ranks of top tier national public research universities. The university's Top Tier strategic plan has five pathways goals, each of which is tied to an overall goal of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty; educating the region's diversifying population and workforce; driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships; and, creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is Southern Nevada's premier metropolitan research university and was recently designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UNLV is also a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The University is located on a 332-acre main campus, with two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at:

Application / Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a letter of interest and a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner


Will Gates, Partner

Storbeck / Pimentel & Associates

6512 Painter Avenue

Whittier, CA 90601

562-360-1353 (FAX)


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UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.