Assistant Dean for Legal Information

Gainesville FL
Sep 20, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Assistant Dean and University Librarian

Job Description:

The University of  Florida College of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean for Legal Information, Legal Information Center (LIC), a 12-month, non-tenure-track position. The University of Florida College of Law ranks among the leading public law schools in the country.  The LIC is fully integrated into the College of Law’s programs and activities, preparing law students for law practice in a technology-savvy environment and  promoting and supporting faculty scholarship. The LIC is highly valued as a vital center for research and teaching. 

All librarians teach credit courses in legal research and serve on College of Law committees.  The assistant dean provides leadership and creative vision in all aspects of library operations, including: administration, budgeting, hiring and supervision of library personnel, strategic planning, teaching and collection building, and initiating and monitoring library programs and services in compliance with accreditation standards of the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.


  • Provides visionary and strategic leadership of a student-centered library in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Carries out the objectives of the Library consistent with the goals of the College of Law as established by the Dean and the law faculty.
  • Manages a budget of approximately $2 million (including a $900,000 acquisitions budget), with services and collections that are responsive to the evolving needs of students, faculty and other library users.
  • Leads 10 law librarians with faculty status and 12 paraprofessionals, including the staff of the five law journals.
  • Mentors tenure-track librarians through the tenure and promotion process in the university libraries system.
  • Oversees the required one-hour first year course in legal research, and other advanced legal research courses, and teach as appropriate.
  • Participates in the administration of the College of Law as part of the College’s senior leadership team.
  • Cooperates with and assists other College of Law units, such as centers and institutes, student services, development, career services, alumni relations, and clinics.
  • Cooperates with all UF libraries, library consortia and professional organizations.
  • Engages in research and scholarship as duties permit, and contributes through service at the institutional and professional levels.
  • Stays abreast of and anticipates trends in library science and academic technology.
  • Promotes communication and teamwork within the LIC. 
  • Advertised Salary:

    Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Minimum Requirements:
  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school and MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Experience in law library administration, including management of financial resources, development of budget proposals, and preparation of statistical reports.
  • Record of successful classroom teaching.
  • Strong supervisory, communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to bring vision, strategic thinking, innovation, and coherent planning to the library. 
  • Familiarity with relevant legal information technologies, including legal research systems, case management systems, and other legal information tools relevant to modern day legal practice.
  • Interest in and ability to contribute to the profession via research and service. 
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Knowledge of data and information retrieval, analysis, and interpretation.
    • Familiarity with information and instructional technologies.
    • Champion of innovation and technology solutions to support the educational mission of the College of Law.
    • Experience supervising and mentoring tenure-track librarians.
    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    The University of Florida Levin College of Law embraces diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and welcomes applications from persons who would add to the diversity of our academic community.  Salary, benefits, and research support will be nationally competitive.  The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status.  Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under federal law from discrimination on several bases.  Follow the link below to find out more: “EEO is the Law”

    To apply, submit (1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; (2) your current resume or CV; and (3) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). 

    If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Appointments Committee Chair Leslie Knight: P.O. Box 117625, Gainesville, FL  32611.

    Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

    The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352)392-4621, or TDD (352)392-7734.

    Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

    Health Assessment Required: No