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Reference Number 56-30344 Posted Job Title ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR BIDDLE LAW LIBRARY School Name Law School Org Biddle Law Library Posted to the Web 11/07/2018 Posted Job/Salary Grade UNG Employment Type Exempt Hours N/A Position Type Full Time Position Schedule 9-5 Months 12 Position Length Ongoing Position End Date University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Penn Law is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. We offer a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting intellectual opportunities and professional relationships bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines, making Penn Law an extraordinary supportive academic community for its scholars and students alike.


Penn Law is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. The School offers a unique approach, incorporating cross-disciplinary legal education and a distinctly collaborative environment to enrich student learning and scholarly depth and breadth. The resulting intellectual opportunities and renowned internal culture of collegiality bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines, making Penn Law an extraordinarily supportive academic community for its scholars and students alike.

The Associate Dean and Director of the Biddle Law Library is the principal architect of the Library’s engagement within and throughout this rich scholarly learning community. The Associate Dean and Director serves as the Biddle Law Library’s chief administrative officer, ensuring broad and deep support of the research, educational, and information needs of the faculty, students, and staff at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Penn Law has a full-time faculty of 65, approximately 750 JD students, 115 LLM students, SJD candidates, and a growing number of students in the Master in Law program. The library staff includes 14 professional librarians (including the director), 14 support staff members, the library’s business administrator, and an empirical research fellow. The library has a very strong collection that strategically blends digital and print materials.

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Candidates will ideally have a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school alongside a graduate degree in library science and/or substantial experience in library administration, and 5 – 7 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to manage a complex organization, including planning, goal-setting, budget and financial management, and supervisory and human relations skills; an understanding of the innovative and enhanced role law libraries play in legal education; a history of outstanding service to all parts of a law school; the ability to work in a collaborative environmental that fosters cross-departmental endeavors to advance the goals of the law school. We seek candidates with a strong understanding of the academic publishing environment and its challenges, as well as demonstrated expertise in information technology. We prefer candidates with experience building and delivering courses and strong records as teachers.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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    Posted: 1/10/2019
    Application Due: 5/21/2019
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