University of Texas at Austin: Associate Director for Research Services

University of Texas at Austin

Position: Associate Director for Research Services

Deadline Date: Application requested by October 15, 2011

The University Library seeks an innovative and energetic librarian to provide leadership in developing, maintaining and assessing the library’s cataloging and metadata services.

The University of Texas Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for Research Services, UT Austin Libraries. 

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The Associate Director for Research Services is responsible for leading the collection development programs in an ARL top ten library with a complex funding environment and for providing oversight of the University of Texas System Digital Library and other consortial purchase arrangements. The Associate Director reports directly to the Vice Provost and Director of the UT Austin Libraries.

  • The Associate Director serves as a member of the library's senior leadership team providing policy, planning, strategic, and visionary leadership in library collection activities and in overall library administration.
  • The position directly supervises five full-time Librarians and provides leadership and coordination of policies, and procedures that guide the work of 36 UT-Austin Libraries subject specialists.
  • The Associate Director provides administrative oversight of the cooperative purchasing activities of 15 UT System institutional libraries, performed by the UT System Digital Libraries Licensing Coordinator.
  • The Associate Director represents the Libraries interests to external constituents.

The University of Texas at Austin offers over 170 major degree program areas and awards over 800 doctoral degrees a year.  The UT Austin Libraries consortium supports institutions with annual research expenditures of $2.4 billion and includes 6 Nobel laureates and 124 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and the Arts and Sciences.

The UT Austin Libraries serve 38,000 undergraduates, 13,000 graduate students, 2,400 faculty, and 4,000 teaching staff.  The primary administered collections include 9,200,000 volumes and 93,000 current serials, eleven branches, and a remote storage facility shared with Texas A&M, with a second shared facility under construction.   The UT Austin Libraries work closely with the separately administered campus libraries of the: Harry Ransom Center, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, and the Jamail Center for Legal Research - Tarleton Law Library.  The UT System Digital Library is a collaborative consortia environment of nine academic and six medical institutions serving 211,000 students, 19,000 faculty, and 69,000 staff.

Required Qualifications: 

  • MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program.
  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience involving collection development activities for an academic university library or a large research library.
  • Experience in a complex multi-functional library environment and consortia environment.
  • A demonstration of leadership and innovation in the management of major research print, digital, and consortium collections. 
  • Proven experience overseeing and managing library collections budgets and with licensing.
  • Excellent knowledge and insight of trends facing research libraries.
  • A minimum of five years of supervisory experience. 
  • Experience of successful collaboration with faculty, students, and librarians, as well as consortium colleagues at other institutions.  
  • Superior interpersonal, analytical, collaborative, and communication skills necessary to lead library collecting activities, including experience articulating priorities and values across a diverse constituency.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Grant writing or grant management and fundraising experience.
  • A record of nationally significant professional engagement and analytical insight involving library collections, publishing, library vendors and technology, library consortia, library management, scholarly communication, and scholarly research is critical. 

Salary and Benefits:  $105,000 annually or more, depending upon qualifications and experience.  No state or local income tax.  State benefits package includes annual vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement plans, and health insurance options (comprehensive major medical, dental, vision, life, and disability).  Deferred compensation and tax sheltered annuity programs are also available.

Recruiting Schedule:  To ensure consideration application materials should be submitted online as soon as possible, preferably by October 15, 2011. All interested candidates must complete an Online Application by going to:  http://www.utexas.edu/hr/prospective/apply/process.html#completing).  Please follow all applicant instructions given.
When applying online, please also refer to job posting number 11-08-08-01-0080 (http://utdirect.utexas.edu/pnjobs/pnjobsvw.WBX?comp=0&job_nbr=110808010080 ). 

An email confirmation will be sent, within 2-3 working days, to those who apply online.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact:  Library Human Resources: lib-HR@lib.utexas.edu [512-495-4360].

The University of Texas Libraries has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications and nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups. 

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer