Director of Sciences

Boulder, CO
Feb 28, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Job Announcement

Director of Sciences

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications from collaborative and innovative candidates for the position of Director of Sciences. The Sciences department consists of the Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library; L.H. Gemmill Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics Library; and three science librarians in the Norlin Library. The Director develops and implements departmental goals that align with organizational priorities; oversees, coordinates, and communicates departmental policy and practices; and maintains open communication with other Libraries departments. The University of Colorado Boulder has top-ranked programs in Engineering, Geosciences, Astrophysics, and Aerospace, with five Nobel Laureates in sciences since 1989. A significant part of the responsibilities of this position include research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.

Appointment and Salary:

Successful candidates will be appointed as full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty members. Appointment rank will depend on professional experience. The minimum starting salary is $65,000 plus an additional 15% faculty director stipend. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation, ten paid holidays, liberal sick leave, university group health care plans, group life insurance, TIAA administered retirement/annuity, and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by February 25, 2018,in order to receive full consideration. Application must be made online at CU Careers (posting 12479) and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU. The full position description can be viewed at

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building and retaining a diverse workforce to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of developing and learning. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

About the University and Libraries:

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)-and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region-we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU-Boulder has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877-attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other disciplines.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, holds the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

About Boulder, Colorado:

Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to this great city because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails.



Please address each of these qualifications in your application materials:

• Master's degree from an ALA accredited program in library and information science (MLIS) or equivalent.

• Three or more years of progressively responsible professional library experience.

• Demonstrated ability to advocate for and cultivate an environment that supports diversity, respect, and inclusion.

• Supervisory experience that promotes collaboration.

• Demonstrated familiarity with current trends and policy issues in science librarianship.

• Excellent time and project management skills in concert with the ability to lead effectively.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively to develop partnerships in a complex and rapidly changing community.

• Experience modeling and encouraging teamwork, collaboration, relationship-building, and mentoring.

• Experience supporting teaching and learning in libraries.

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

• Potential for research, scholarly or creative work, and professional service.

Desired Qualifications

Evidence of any of the following will enhance a candidacy:

• Experience in science librarianship and/or degree in the sciences.

• Experience with liaison relationships, research services, and content/collections management.

• Demonstrated leadership, supervision, or change management experience.

• Demonstrated experience developing collaborations with academic departments and/or other campus communities.

• Experience integrating new services and/or technologies into libraries.

• Record of research, scholarly or creative work, and professional service.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Application must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Please name application materials as follows: First-Last-CL-12479 First-Last-CV-12479 (Please also check the "Resume" box for this document.) First-Last-Ref-12479

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10369 - Library Administration

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 25, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Dylan Wiersma

Posting Contact Email: Dylan.Wiersma@Colorado.EDU

Position Number: 00687524


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