Monday, May 5, 2008

Director of Library Human Resources, Cornell University Library


Cornell University Library seeks a dynamic and knowledgeable manager with exceptional skills in HR management and employee relations to serve as the Director of Library Human Resources. Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration, the Director serves as a key member of the Library senior staff and the University’s Human Resources Council, and is responsible for developing and implementing effective HR strategies for the Library with approximately 125 academic librarians, 350 staff and 500 student employees.

The Director will provide leadership and expertise to:

  • Ensure the recruitment, development and retention of a qualified, diverse and effective workforce.
  • Develop and implement strategies and activities to strengthen organizational effectiveness, climate, and employee relations.
  • Establish Library HR practices and procedures; represent library community on matters of university policy, procedure, and practice.
  • Oversee Library HR operations including supervision of a staff of three.
  • Coordinate the academic promotion process for librarians and archivists in all library units.
  • Oversee Library compensation and performance management programs for librarians and staff; assess financial impact of HR decisions and programs; partner with Library Accounting Services in the annual budget process.
  • Participate regularly on task forces and planning groups for the University Library, the VP for HR and external library organizations.

Academic appointment may be available for candidate with appropriate credentials.

Background: Cornell University is among the top 10 research universities in the United States, featuring a 140-year history of innovation, excellence, and inclusiveness, an award winning Library, and interdisciplinary research programs that offer 4,000 courses in nearly 100 departments. Recognized for its outstanding collections, excellent staff, service orientation, innovative programs, and strong collaborative partnerships and leadership, both nationally and internationally, the Library is central to the mission of the university. Cornell is a member of the Ivy League and a partner of the State University of New York. Located in Ithaca in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, the town and university offer a unique international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. For more information about the Cornell University Library, visit:

Required Qualifications:

Bachelors degree in relevant field required. At least 7 to 10 years of experience in human resources management, organizational development, or related areas required. Understanding of and ability to provide leadership for diversity and climate issues in academic setting. Ability to collaborate effectively with a broad workforce of academic librarians, staff and students. Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated leadership skills and teamwork philosophy. Proven supervisory, financial management and analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

MLS and experience in academic research libraries highly desired. Graduate degree in HR related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience. PHR or SPHR certification.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options).

Application Procedure: Applications requested by May 30, 2008. To apply for this position go to, search under the job category of Librarians, and select posting number 08460. Follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. For further information contact Lyndsi Prignon, Assistant Director of Library Human Resources, 235 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5301.

Located in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University is a bold, innovative and inclusive teaching and research university of academic distinction and public service where staff, faculty, and students alike are challenged to be active citizens of the world.

Cornell University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to diversity.

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