Associate Dean, University Libraries - University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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Associate Dean, University Libraries -- University of Arizona -- Tucson, AZ

Submitted by Amigos on Tue, 2023-02-21 14:32

Posting Number: req13750
Department: UA Library Administration ADM
Department Website Link: (link is external)
Location: Main Campus
Address: Tucson, AZ USA
Apply here: (link is external)

Position Highlights
The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) seeks an experienced, strategic leader to join its organization as Associate Dean. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking, enthusiastic leader who embraces the evolving roles of academic libraries in higher education. With a concurrent search for UAL's next Vice Dean underway, the new Associate Dean will have an opportunity to begin at UAL at the same time as another senior administrator who works very closely with their position.

The Associate Dean collaborates with other senior library administrators and department heads and provides administrative oversight for Health Sciences Library, Research Engagement Department, and Student Learning and Engagement Department. These departments are heavily focused on direct support for student learning and faculty research. The Associate Dean represents UAL on the Associate Deans for Research Council which provides leadership for the research mission of the University of Arizona under the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation. The Associate Dean also plays a key role in the recruitment and professional development of faculty and staff.

The Associate Dean is a member of Dean’s Working Group (Dean, Vice Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, and Senior Information Resources Officer) and Cabinet (Dean’s Working Group members, department heads, and representatives from shared governance groups for library faculty, university/classified staff, and Diversity, Social Justice, and Equity Council), serving as a key contributor to collaborative policy development and decision-making that spans the organization. The Associate Dean also serves as administrative liaison to the Libraries Staff Council.

In fulfilling these duties, the Associate Dean considers how the Libraries’ strategic plan is being advanced, including its foundational principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism; Hispanic serving; Native American serving; and default to open.

The Associate Dean will also be appointed to a continuing-status track, academic professional position at the rank of Associate or Full Librarian. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achieving a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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  • As a member of the Dean’s Working Group and Cabinet, participates in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the Libraries that significantly advances the mission of the University.
  • Provides administrative oversight and support to department heads in a supervisory capacity, for Health Sciences Library, Research Engagement department, and Student Learning and Engagement department.
  • Provides administrative support for student-centered teaching and learning functions across the Libraries.
  • Serves on the Associate Deans for Research Council.
  • Serves as administrative liaison to the Library Staff Council.
  • Supports and engages with the Libraries’ efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracist strategies and activities.
  • Participates in budget decisions, strategic planning, and policymaking at an organizational level. For more information about our strategic plan, please visit the link provided in Special Instructions to Applicant.
  • Advocates for Libraries’ initiatives, services, and partnerships by developing strong relationships with University faculty and administrators.
  • Plays a key role in the recruitment of library faculty members and appointed professionals.
  • Facilitates the development of a diverse, forward-thinking faculty and staff.
  • Anticipates, initiates, and responds to changes in the environment, and keeps abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library profession to ensure that the Libraries are fully engaged in charting their collective future.
  • Embraces agility in a changing environment and is committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Collaborative leadership and impeccable integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • In-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas: health sciences librarianship, research services, instructional services, student learning and success.
  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to balance consultation with efficiency and accountability.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them, including how diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism can be advanced in the Libraries.
  • Ability to promote and advocate for the Libraries’ essential roles in support of the university’s mission and strategic directions.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Initiative, optimism, flexibility, and follow through.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
  • At least three years of administrative experience within an academic library at a department head level or higher.
  • Experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: health sciences librarianship, research services, instructional services, student learning and success.
  • Experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within an academic or research library.
  • Scholarship and professional service sufficient for appointment at the Associate or Full Librarian level.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience recruiting and facilitating the development of faculty and staff.
  • Experience in shared governance within an academic or research library.

Rank: To be Determined
Tenure Information: Continuing (C)
FLSA: Exempt
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40
Job FTE: 1.0
Work Calendar: Fiscal
Job Category: Libraries
Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay: DOE (compensation includes a base salary plus a stipend)
Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)
Number of Vacancies: 1
Target Hire Date: 8/14/2023
Contact Information for Candidates: Armando Cruz - (link sends e-mail)
Open Date: 2/20/2023
Open Until Filled: Yes
Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant
This posting will remain open until filled. To ensure your application is considered, please submit your application materials by the first review date of March 20, 2023.

More information about our Strategic Plan can be found here (link is external) .

Diversity Statement
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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