Executive Director, Library & Learning

Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 07, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Executive Director, Library & Learning

Emerson College

Boston, MA

Emerson College invites nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director, Library & Learning. This is an exceptional opportunity for a talented leader to continue to advance the library as an integral part of the campus community and to collaborate on a vision for the evolving role of the libraries in learning, teaching, and research at Emerson.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Energized by engagement with the creative life of campuses in Boston, Los Angeles, and the Netherlands, Emerson’s 4,466 diverse students seek to develop their personal voices, visions, and expertise in professions that will profoundly shape society and culture in the 21st century. Emerson faculty and alumni are internationally recognized artists and industry leaders. Alumni from our undergraduate and graduate programs in Comedic Arts, Media Arts, Creative Writing, Literature, Publishing, Performing Arts, Communication Studies, Journalism; Marketing Communication; and Communication Sciences and Disorders, are prominent across the entire spectrum of communication industries: film, television, publishing, public relations, advertising, social media, marketing, gaming, and music in addition to having a major presence in government, education, business, healthcare, and sports.  

Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the College’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. The Executive Director, Library & Learning position represents an outstanding opportunity for an experienced library leader with a history of decisive and effective leadership, including managing human, financial, and physical resources. Successful candidates will have an understanding and appreciation of the innovative and creative Emerson environment and will have the capacity to thrive and lead within it. Also critical are an ability to work effectively in a collaborative and diverse workplace and a commitment to increasing diversity and inclusion efforts within the Library. A Master’s degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited institution is required, along with ten years of progressive administrative and managerial academic library experience.

Emerson College has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next Executive Director of Library & Learning. Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications, including a curriculum vitae and letter of interest that is responsive to the opportunities and challenges above, should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Beverly Brady, Managing Associate

Caitlin Barrett, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02110


Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.


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