Thursday, August 22, 2013


The Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced library administrator to fill the position of Director of the John Cotton Dana Library, which includes the world-renowned institute of Jazz Studies, on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Reporting to the VP for Information Services & University Librarian, the Director serves as a member of the University Librarian’s Cabinet, the Libraries senior management team.  In collaboration with Dana librarians, archivists, and staff, has direct responsibility for personnel matters, including recruitment, appointment, and evaluation for 17 librarians and archivists and 22 staff.  Manages an annual budget of $2.7 million. Fosters professional growth of Dana Library faculty by placing priority on collegiality, leadership, and scholarly accomplishment.  Provides leadership in planning, budgeting, professional development and training, and in developing strategic resources, facilities, and services for students and faculty.  Oversees, supports, and nurtures the Institute of Jazz Studies.  Champions the Rutgers University Libraries system-wide resources and services and the Dana Library with the chancellor, deans, department chairs, program directors, and faculty on the Newark Campus.  Seeks external support through fund raising and grants.  Articulates and fosters a strong sense of community on the campus, with other Newark cultural institutions, and in the Libraries.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree from an ALA accredited institution, with an advanced degree preferred. A strong record of leadership and accomplishment in an academic or research library setting with a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience, including budget and personnel, required.  The ability to manage the Dana Library within a large and complex organization in a rapidly changing technological environment, to serve the research and information needs of a diverse population of students and scholars, to engage the Dana Library with the campus urban mission, and to maintain strong ties to the Newark community required.  Key skills include effective communication and outreach with faculty, students, administration, staff, and alumni; collaboration and consensus building; mentoring; innovation; advocacy; strategic planning; budgeting; ability to delegate effectively; and fundraising.  The Director is a senior faculty member and administrator and, as such, plays a critical role in the appointment, reappointment, and promotion of library faculty on the campus and must qualify for tenure in the library faculty on appointment. Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity as an organizational priority is required. Candidates who have had successful experience in the design and delivery of services for diverse populations will be given preference. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

SALARY:  Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STATUS/BENEFITS: Faculty status, calendar year appointment, retirement plans, life/health insurance, prescription drug and dental plans, tuition remission, one month vacation.

LIBRARY AND UNIVERSITY PROFILE:  The Newark Campus of Rutgers University is a doctoral-granting research institution that is a leading education and research center.  Classified as a Carnegie Research University with high research activity (RU/H), there are doctoral programs in American studies, behavioral and neural sciences, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, environmental science, global affairs, management, mathematical sciences, nursing, physics (applied), psychology, public administration, and urban systems.  Campus research centers include the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, the National Center for Public Productivity, among others. There are more than 4,300 graduate students, 7,600 undergraduate students, and 1,800 Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences students with an anticipated growth in the student body, as well as in the number of resident students.  The Rutgers-Newark Campus, the nation’s most diverse national university campus, educates students from more than 77 nations, creating a stimulating learning environment.  Rutgers is one of three major institutions of higher education in Newark, along with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Essex County College, and there are joint degree programs.  Situated on 35 acres in downtown Newark, the campus is part of a dynamic urban environment and is positioned to take a leading role in the further revitalization of Newark.  The John Cotton Dana Library, in conjunction with the other Rutgers libraries, including the Newark Law Library, provides services and support for the Campus.  Dana Library’s Institute of Jazz Studies is the foremost jazz archival collection under university auspices in the world. The Rutgers University Libraries, comprised of libraries on the Camden, New Brunswick, Newark and Health Sciences Newark Campus, all reporting to the University Librarian, operate as a unified library system with coordinated public services, technical services, and collection development programs, including digital initiatives and a pioneering institutional repository. The Libraries have a highly valued staff of 300 who are committed to developing innovations in access services, information literacy and digital initiatives. With an operating budget of $35 million and holdings of nearly 4 million volumes, the Libraries have particular strengths in jazz and New Jerseyana. The Rutgers University Libraries belong to ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, METRO, NERL, NMC, PALCI, VALE and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top tier research institutions, composed of members of the Big Ten Conference plus the University of Chicago. The Libraries use SIRSI, OCLC, and a variety of online resource interfaces.  The university, spread over four campuses, includes over 65,000 graduate and undergraduate students and 9,000 faculty engaged in numerous degree-granting, research, and professional programs in all disciplines as well as a broad spectrum of service programs for the state.  Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is an ADVANCE institution, committed to increasing diversity and the participation and advancement of women in the STEM disciplines. For more information, please check the RUL website:

TO APPLY:  REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY AND CONTINUE UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.  SUBMIT CV, COVER LETTER, NAMES OF THREE REFERENCES, AND WHERE YOU SAW THE POSTION ADVERTISED TO:  Lila Fredenburg (APP. 212), Director of Administrative Services, Rutgers University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163, email:, FAX: 732-932-7637
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action employer.  The Libraries are strongly and actively committed to diversity, and seek candidates who will contribute creatively to the University’s multicultural environment.

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