Friday, August 15, 2008

Director of Humanities and Social Science Services

The University of Virginia Library seeks an innovative and energetic leader for the position of Director of Humanities and Social Science Services. The Director has overall administrative and programmatic responsibility for innovative support of humanities and social sciences scholarship and direct responsibility for leadership and management of public services in Alderman Library.

Environment: The University of Virginia Library ( is an international leader in digital library research and development that enables digital scholarship. The full ad may be viewed at

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collections, the Director of Humanities and Social Science Services will provide leadership, foster communication, and enable collaboration in raising the profile of library collections and services for humanities and social science services across the academic community at the University of Virginia. The Director will participate in Library-wide initiatives, engage with colleagues nationally, and provide vision and direction in the development of innovative user services. As the director of public services in Alderman Library, the candidate will implement and promote innovative processes, technologies, and spaces to enhance a high quality public service oriented environment.

Qualifications: Master's degree in library science or a related field. An advanced degree in a humanities or social science discipline is preferred. Demonstrated successful leadership and administrative accomplishments in the innovative and effective use of scholarly information resources and technologies. Demonstrated ability to promote collaborative and forward-looking initiatives, services, and programs. Knowledge of emerging information technologies and digital library initiatives. Knowledge of research and scholarship in humanities and the social sciences. Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills. Preferred candidates will also exhibit evidence of significant and progressively-responsible leadership and experience in managing and supervising others, demonstrated commitment to service excellence, ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective, creative, and flexible working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff and students. A record of flexibility, creativity, and commitment to diversity, mentoring and developing staff is also preferred.

Salary and Benefits: Competitive depending on qualifications. This position has administrative and professional faculty status with excellent benefits, including 22 days of vacation and TIAA/CREF and other retirement plans. Review of applications will begin on August 11, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at Search by position number FP170, complete application, and attach cover letter and resume, with contact information for three current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact Library Human Resources at (434) 924-3081.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations from members of underrepresented groups.

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