Director of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences Libraries

New York City, New York
Oct 17, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Columbia University Libraries seek an innovative and motivated professional for an exciting opportunity to join its senior leadership team as the Director of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences Libraries. The Director leads the division’s efforts at cultivating strategic partnerships with the departments, schools, Centers, and Institutes in the sciences, engineering, and social sciences at Columbia. The Director will be responsible for setting a vision and strategy for research and learning support services and collections for these disciplines. The Director will identify innovative, flexible and dynamic approaches to collections and services that meet the needs of researchers, faculty and students who work across physical, technological and disciplinary boundaries. The Director will be a thought leader in research support for the disciplines of Science, Engineering, and Social Sciences, participating at a national level on collection and research service issues relevant to these disciplines.

The Director leads a team of 33 librarians and staff who work across 6 library locations on the Morningside campus, serving multiple academic and professional schools as well as engaged user communities on the Manhattanville and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory campuses. The Director will advocate for organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, and the ongoing professional development of the division’s dedicated staff.

The Science, Engineering, and Social Science Libraries collections and services directly support the research and learning activities of the departments of Anthropology, Astronomy, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, and Statistics. The Division also includes support for the Columbia Business School, Data Science Institute, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of International Affairs and Public Administration, the School of Journalism, and the School of Social Work.

We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, identities, and abilities to apply for this exceptional opportunity to join an evolving Libraries and University community. Columbia University Libraries is a globally-recognized academic research library system, serving one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning in the most exciting and dynamic city in the world. Talented Libraries staff build, sustain, and make discoverable collections that transcend traditional boundaries of format and domain, keeping pace with a dynamic and rapidly evolving information environment and creating opportunities for users to encounter 4,000 years of human thought.

Our decisions are informed by new curricula developed to meet the needs of a more diverse student body, new and emerging areas of research from a broad spectrum of researchers, including graduate students and newly-hired faculty, as well as by perspectives from the diminished or entirely lost voices of historically oppressed, marginalized, or underserved populations and communities. As a workplace, the Libraries provide a supportive, connected environment where every employee’s perspective is valued and every employee is encouraged to grow. All staff members have an impact on Columbia’s mission to advance knowledge at the highest levels and make the results of research accessible to the world.

Minimum Degree Required

  • MLS, or other relevant advanced degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in an academic library or research setting

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Robust experience in academic, research or educational public service environment
  • Commitment to building and advancing diversity and inclusion in staffing, collections, and services
  • Demonstrated ability to manage in a complex organization, including budget, and ability to build, lead, and motivate a team of professionals
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to set a vision and strategy for an organization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in program planning and space design
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility
  • Grant writing and/or fundraising experience
  • Experience managing outreach programs
  • Degree relevant to the sciences, engineering, or social sciences
  • Experience leading staff or teams through change management

Additional Information

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits including assistance with University housing. After applicable waiting periods, Columbia offers 100% Columbia tuition exemption for self and family, and Columbia will also pay 50% tuition for your dependent child who is a candidate for an undergraduate degree at another accredited college or university.

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