Library Director

Amherst College

Amherst, MA

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


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Amherst, MA


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Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

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Director of the Library Position Profile 

Amherst College invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the Library. Reporting to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Catherine Epstein, the Director of the Library plays a critical role in the intensive intellectual engagement that characterizes relationships between students, faculty, and staff at Amherst. In collaboration with talented and dedicated library staff members, the new Director of the Library will have a tremendous opportunity to build even further upon the Library’s exceptional, service-oriented culture. In addition, the director will be asked to lead library staff in a process of developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic vision for the future of the Amherst College Library – encompassing both the library’s role on campus and its relationship to the evolving information landscape. 

Desired Qualities and Qualifications 

The ideal candidate for the Director of the Library will hold an ALA-accredited degree or an international equivalent, or an advanced degree in a relevant field, as well as demonstrate effective leadership and management experience within an academic library setting. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following: 

  • A deeply nuanced understanding of the mission, values, and goals of the intellectual enterprise in higher education and a generous interpretation of how an academic library can enthusiastically and creatively partner with faculty, staff, and students in pursuit of the same; 
  • Experience leading an organization through a transparent, inclusive, and collaborative strategic visioning process; 
  • An inclusive, proactive, collaborative, self-reflective, and open-minded approach to leadership; 
  • A strong and visible personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and experience applying these values with library collections, services, and programs, with a commitment to continually building a professional climate for library patrons and staff in which all are welcome and can thrive; 
  • Exceptionally strong interpersonal and communication skills, both one-on-one and with larger groups; 
  • A deep understanding of current issues and trends facing the future of academic libraries nationally and globally; 
  • A broad understanding of the work of library staff; 
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and trends and the ability to partner effectively and creatively with an office of information technology; 
  • The ability to view issues from an institution-wide perspective, foster teamwork across departments and divisions, and stimulate cross-functional collaboration within the Library and across the College; 
  • Experience managing complex budgets and allocating resources strategically; 
  • A genuine eagerness to engage in the life of the College as a collegial and approachable representative of the Library and its user-focused mission; and, 
  • A passion for thinking creatively, collectively, and flexibly about the future of academic libraries. 


Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to: Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP 

Amherst College does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity), age, disability, genetic information, military service, or any other characteristic or class protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. Amherst College complies with all state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Posted Nov 21, 2019