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Library Director

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$84,000.00 to $87,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Spearfish, SD





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

Black Hills State University seeks a collaborative leader to guide and implement a vision and strategic direction for the library. The Director will revitalize library services, spearhead projects, and assess resources in the newly renovated and expanded E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center. We are looking for a librarian who is proactive and innovative and who will be a strong advocate for the library as a partner in meeting the educational mission of the University. This position will build and maintain relationships with university administration, faculty, staff, and students, as well as other libraries and the Spearfish community. Our library culture promotes a positive work-life balance and opportunities for meaningful interactions with campus and community members. Spearfish is a welcoming community with ample cultural and outdoor opportunities in the scenic Black Hills. The Library Director is a 12-month position, reporting directly to the Provost.



·       Lead library strategic planning.

·       Oversee daily operations of the library.

·       Guide policy creation and ensure implementation.

·       Work with the campus community to identify needs related to library services and resources.

Personnel and Communication

·       Supervise and mentor library staff, conduct performance appraisals, and make staffing decisions.

·       Serve on committees, including the South Dakota Library Council (SLiC).

·       Advocate for the library with various stakeholders.

Budget and Finance

·       Manage the library operating budget and prepare cost/benefit analyses.

·       Prepare annual reports and compile statistical documentation.

·       Cultivate donors and obtain grants to enhance project funding.


·       ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Added subject master’s or doctoral degree preferred.

·       At least five years’ experience working in an academic library. Management and/or supervisory experience preferred.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·       Experience with project management.

The Community

Black Hills State University is a masters-level state university with more than 3,600 students. The campus leads the region in sustainability efforts and maintains top academic programs in business (AACSB accredited), exercise science, natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, mass communication, health sciences and education (CAEP accredited). The University, founded in 1883, is located in the northern Black Hills, a region abundant with outdoor activity and culture. Spearfish, SD is recognized as one of the top-10 most-livable small towns in the USA and has also been recognized nationally for outdoor recreational opportunities. A second location, BHSU-RC, is in Rapid City, the state’s second-largest city. BHSU, a member of NCAA Division II athletics, offers 14 sports and has a legacy of champion rodeo teams.


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HR Info


Applications must be made at http://yourfuture.sdbor.edu.  Please attach a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references. 

This position will remain open until filled with a first review date of April 28, 2024, at 11PM mountain time. 

For application assistance, please contact Human Resources: 605.642.6545.  Questions specific to the position may be directed to the search chair, Jon Kilpinen: Jon.Kilpinen@bhsu.edu.

Black Hills State University is an EEO/AA employer. Employment is dependent upon a satisfactory background check.

Posted Mar 27, 2024