Dean, University of Idaho Libraries

University of Idaho Library


Application Deadline

Apply By Feb 1st, 2019


Not Specified


Moscow, ID





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

The University of Idaho invites applications and nominations for an innovative, collaborative, and visionary Dean to build upon the history of the University of Idaho Libraries.  The University of Idaho Library is the largest library in the state of Idaho and provides invaluable resources for researchers, students, staff, faculty and collaborators around the state.  The Dean should effectively promote and foster academic excellence, support the growth of undergraduate and graduate enrollment, expand research, guide and implement strategic planning, engage with key constituencies and stakeholders, and raise funds for the Libraries.

The Dean serves as the academic leader and chief executive officer of the University of Idaho Libraries, reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President and is a member of the University’s senior leadership team.  The Dean is responsible for supporting and meeting the land grant mission of the university. The Dean leads the Library faculty in the development of policies and priorities governing the academic programs in the Library and facilitates the appropriate inclusion of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in the Library decision-making processes. The Dean advocates for the values of diversity and inclusion with an understanding of how increased diversity of thought and background among students, faculty, administration, and staff works to strengthen academic programs and enrich the University community.

Interested applicants should view the full position summary and qualifications found here and to apply use First consideration will be given to those who apply by February 1st, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws.   EEO/AA

Additional Info & Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

-An ALA-accredited Masters in Library and Information Science or related degree.
-Five to eight years of progressive leadership experience and a record of supervision and mentoring.
-Achievement of tenure and rank of associate or full professor at an institution of higher education and/or experience and qualifications to warrant an associate or full tenured professorship in the University libraries.
-Experience demonstrating administrative and fiscal management experience in a library environment.
-Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills to work successfully with students, faculty, department administrators, deans, staff, university leadership, state agencies and personnel, donors and library constituents.
-Demonstrated ability to foster and support high quality teaching, learning, research and outreach.
-Evidence of involvement with regional or national library organizations or memberships

Preferred Qualifications

-Doctoral Degree in Library Science or related field.
-Demonstrated success with development and external fund raising.
-Accomplished at developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with other institutions.
-Experience managing library budgets and endowments.
-Proficiency in strategic planning.
-Commitment to and experience with assisting in program and institution accreditation.
-Success attracting and retaining a diverse student, faculty, and staff population.
-Evidence of leadership with regional or national library organizations or memberships.

The Community

Just minutes away from the forests, rivers, lakes and mountains of northern Idaho, Moscow is home to approximately 25,000 residents and the urban amenities of the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane metropolitan area are within a 100-mile drive. In addition to art galleries, movie theaters and coffee shops, Moscow offers a large organic and natural foods co-op, Northwest-style pubs and many locally-owned restaurants.

Moscow is known as the “heart of the arts” for its consistent ranking among the top small arts towns in America. The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival brings some of the world’s best jazz artists, along with 20,000 visitors each year. The ARTWALK, Rendezvous in the Park concert series and the Prichard Art Gallery are a few examples of its dedication to the arts. The downtown Farmer’s Market, which runs late spring to early fall, is one of the nation’s longest running and thriving outdoor markets. In 2016 Moscow was named one of the top 50 ‘Best College Towns in America’ by College Rank for its access to outdoor recreation, vibrant downtown and cultural attractions.

Moscow is surrounded by the rolling Palouse hills, an area so picturesque it was featured in National Geographic magazine. Reflective of these surroundings, the university ranked in the top 30 in the nation as a “great university to hit the books and backcountry” by Outside magazine. Living and learning in Moscow is just minutes from opportunities for hiking, fishing, biking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, camping and more.

The Palouse region is also the ancestral and present-day homeland of many Native American tribes and nations including the Nez Perce, the Palouse, the Colville People, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, and the Coeur d’Alene Nation. Ongoing cultural heritage events and historic sites from the Lewis and Clark-era are part of the area's rich cultural heritage.


HR Info

Ewart, Daniel, Search Committee Chair

Applicants please address all of the minimum and applicable preferred qualifications in your letter of qualification.

First consideration date is February 1st, 2019.

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. List of References
  3. Letter of Qualification


Posted Jan 3, 2019