Senior Associate Dean for Library Operations, Assessment and Communications

Northern Kentucky University / W. Frank Steely Library

Highland Heights, KY

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$102,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Newport, KY





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description

The Senior Associate Dean for Library Operations, Assessment and Communications is a new position that assists the Dean of the Library with administration of the library. This position plays a key role in developing and executing strategic initiatives that support the mission of the library and the university. The Senior Associate Dean will oversee critical aspects of library operations including, assessment and user experience, communications, grants, space and building operations management and events. Applicants for the Senior Associate Dean position will be student-centered, data-driven, and equity-minded. The W. Frank Steely Library provides a wide range of library services to support the University’s commitment to its Success by Design strategic framework, which promotes student success by embracing inclusiveness, equity, global awareness, and academic needs of students and faculty in each academic college. Library faculty and staff have enhanced traditional services to better address 21st century information needs and are collaborative partners across campus. The library’s twenty faculty members and fourteen staff members are leading the implementation of NKU’s campus-wide Quality Enhancement Plan on Information Literacy and newly created digital repository, and offering an online Bachelor’s degree in library informatics. The library recently received increased financial support from the university, is finalizing a departmental restructuring, is launching a new website, and is transforming its spaces, services, and collections to better meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the region. Job Responsibilities: • Oversees library space and building operations management, including user space planning, facilities and building security, and emergency planning. • Provides leadership and oversees assessment, user experience, program review, accreditation, and other performance metrics and reporting. • Provides leadership for the library’s communication and marketing plan, including supervision of the re-envisioned Communications and Marketing Manager position and oversees event management. • Oversees the library’s annual student budget allocations and provides guidance to the Student Supervisors Committee. • Oversees and engages with the library’s new Board of Student Stakeholders. • Ensures excellence of the Continuing Library Education program, part of the ALA’s Library Support Staff Certification Program, including staffing and budgeting. • Responsible for securing and administering grants that support the mission of the library. • Responsible for recommending initiatives, services, policies, and practices to address persistent equity, diversity, and inclusion challenges in the library, campus, and the community. • Works and collaborates with the Dean, Associate Dean for Collections, and Department Heads to develop and implement policies and procedures and to foster a team environment. • Manages special projects assigned by the Dean and tracks library’s goals in support of the strategic plan/framework. • Other duties as assigned. Service and Scholarship • Participates in library and campus-wide committees and NKU faculty governance. • Participates in scholarship and creative activity in order to meet expectations for faculty at NKU.

Additional Info & Requirements

Minimum Qualifications • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or equivalent advanced degree. • Requires four years related experience with a history of progressively knowledgeable/responsible experience in the administration of library operations, facilities and program/service development. • Demonstrated success with implementing and assessing strategic library-wide initiatives. • Demonstrated experience building working relationships and collaborations with academic programs and/or faculty at an institution of higher education. • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education. • Demonstrated commitment to professional activity/service, especially in the areas of management and leadership, assessment, or trends in higher education. Preferred Qualifications • Demonstrated experience capitalizing on growth opportunities. • Demonstrated experience working successfully with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, including international scholars, faculty, and students. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • Comprehensive administrative knowledge of library science systems, library operations, policies, procedures, and personnel including but not limited to: budgeting, planning, evaluating, and improving library programs; implementing instructional and information technologies; directing staff development activities; and managing library service areas. • Models inclusive excellence through specific actions that support the College's diversity goals in the recruitment, hiring, and retention of talented and diverse faculty and staff. • Ability to oversee and coordinate professional development plans, management and evaluation, and submits appropriate recommendations of personnel actions. • Works directly with contractual provisions, interpreting contract language and working with faculty and staff to ensure contract provisions are met. • Responsible for the protection and safe-keeping of confidential data acquired during the course of work. • Ability to work well both independently and in a collaborative environment and to contribute to professional service. • Exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills plus a demonstrated commitment to professional development/achievement. • Ability to create an exciting, future-oriented library.

The Community

NKU is a public comprehensive university located in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area. The university delivers innovative, learner-centered education and engages in impactful scholarly and creative activities, all of which empower students for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives while contributing to the social and economic vitality of the region. NKU has almost 14,000 students, over 2,000 faculty and staff. It offers 79 undergraduate degree programs, master’s degrees in 21 disciplines, graduate certificates in 15 areas, two doctoral programs, a law degree, and in a partnership with the University of Kentucky and St. Elizabeth Hospital opened a medical school in the fall of 2019.


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