Director, Library

Job description

Job Status:Open Title:Director, Library Opportunity Type:Full-time Position Type:Executive/Managerial Position Classification:Exempt Home Department:Library Pay Grade:EM5 Closing Date:06/22/2021 Overview:

Santa Fe College (SF) has been recognized as one of the top-rated community college in the United States. Santa Fe College is a student-centered institution with a commitment to open access, academic excellence, and cultural and ethnic diversity. Santa Fe College is a comprehensive public college that offers a range of Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree options, as well as Certificate and Non-Degree programs. A high quality of life, temperate climate, proximity to the University of Florida, diverse cultural events, and plentiful recreational opportunities make SF and Gainesville an ideal community to work and live. SF enrolls over 16,000 students each semester, retains and completes over 60% of students every academic year, while over 10% transfer into the University system.

Compensation: Starting Salary is $74,551.68 per the Santa Fe College Salary Schedule. Promotional placement is not limited to the posted salary range maximum. Compensation package is comprised of many college paid benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, leave time, and tuition waivers for Santa Fe College and the University of Florida.


The L.W. Tyree Library of Santa Fe College seeks a visionary, experienced director to lead the library and serve as a member of the Academic Affairs leadership team. The Tyree Library was the 2015 Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) national award winner for Excellence in Academic Libraries, chosen “for its innovation and passion for distance instruction, financial literacy, and community…evidenced within their model information literacy initiative…and commitment to delivering on campus programming.” The Tyree Library serves all members of the college community and also houses the college’s comprehensive Learning Commons.

The director is responsible for leadership, management, and supervision of library operations on the Northwest Campus as well as at the college’s educational centers, online, and at the full-service Blount Campus, expected to open in 2022. The director must exhibit a strong commitment to the library profession, as well as a demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in library and information science, academic research, publishing, copyright, and open access initiatives.

The library director reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the division’s leadership team, collaborating with college stakeholders to advance student learning, retention, and success. The position provides leadership that motivates staff to perform at their highest level and develops a teamwork environment. The director is expected to evaluate program offerings and staff performance, providing leadership to enhance both. The successful candidate must have a broad understanding of operations and concepts in public and technical services, must demonstrate strong managerial, organizational, and planning skills (including budgetary skills), effective working relationships with all library users, including students and staff in the Learning Commons, and the ability to lead the library to adapt to new and emerging technology.

Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Provide vision, leadership, planning, management and supervision of library services, courses and activities.

  • Oversee personnel, budgets, collection development, reference/instruction/user policies, long-term program review, state reporting, assessment and external accreditation preparation.

  • Direct library faculty in the development, implementation, and assessment of information literacy instruction; oversee communication with faculty across the college to integrate the college’s information literacy outcome across academic disciplines.

  • In coordination with other stakeholders, provide leadership for the maintenance, safety, and security of the building.

  • Collaborate with the Director of the Learning Commons to recommend improvements that will advance service to students, staff, and the college community.

  • Take initiative to integrate the library in the day-to-day fabric of the college.

  • Promote the SF library and its activities, and conduct outreach to faculty and library users.

  • Foster excellent user experience for faculty, staff, students, and visitors of the library.

  • Function as the SF library representative and collaborate with library administrators from the University of Florida, the Alachua County Library District, and the Bradford County Public Library.

  • Represent SF as a voting member of Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) and other statewide and college committees, as appropriate and assigned.

  • Support the professional development of library staff through participation in state-level and other appropriate activities.

  • Collaborate with the Director and the staff of the Learning Commons to provide comprehensive access to corequisite academic and student development support services.

  • Collaborate with SF academic department chairs regarding library services.

  • Support multicultural engagement and the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the library and college.

  • Perform staff duties assigned by the Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, as needed.

  • Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Reports to: Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs


Required: Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS/MLIS) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program plus at least five (5) years of library experience with increasing responsibility, as is library administrative experience.

Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.

Preferred: Experience in higher education, especially in a community college setting, is preferred, as is experience working in a state education system or consortia. Knowledge of librarians’ roles in instruction, both online and in-person. Experience with implementing and rolling out a new Integrated Library System; experience mentoring, strong facilitation skills, experience negotiating with vendors and suppliers; and experience administering grants.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Communication – Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.

  • Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team-player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.

  • Multi-cultural- ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.

  • Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames.

  • Adaptability to Change – able to be flexible and supportive, react swiftly to and able to positively and proactively assimilate change in rapid growth environment.

  • Leadership – has demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial, high energy, driven, hands-on leader. Possess expertise in selecting, training, developing, coaching, mentoring, and retaining a highly motivated workforce.

  • Relationship Management – able to personally provide high level of interactive service to others, building relationships and addressing identified needs.

  • Ethics – able to demonstrate integrity, professionalism, civility, and a high degree of ethics in all job-related actions.

Application Process: All applicants must submit a completed online SF Employment Application, a letter of interest, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, contact information for five (5) professional references (we understand the application requires you to provide 3 references already, however please list the names and contact information for 5 professional references on a seperate "references" document that is a required document upload, even if that means you are duplicating the 3 names already provided in the application), as well as unofficial transcripts to be considered for this position. The letter of intent must describe your interest in working as the Director of the Library at Santa Fe College and explain the skills, strengths and experience you can bring to this position. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes, official transcripts are required prior to any offer of employment being made.

Contact: Required Documents:Letter of Intent, References, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts




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Posted: 6/9/2021
Application Due: 6/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time