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Head, Owen Library - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (apply by Aug 11)

  • 1.  Head, Owen Library - University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (apply by Aug 11)

    Posted Jul 31, 2017 08:58 AM

    Head, Owen Library

    University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

    The University Library System is seeking candidates for the position of Head of the Owen Library (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown), a regional campus library within the University Library System. The position reports to the Coordinator of Regional University Library System Libraries.  The University Library System is an AA/EOE aggressively committed to increasing diversity in our workplace and strongly encourages applications from candidates who can contribute in this area.

    General Responsibilities:

    As the administrator of the Owen Library, the incumbent is in charge of all operations within the library, including but not limited to:  setting policies and procedures for the library within ULS guidelines; setting short and long-term goals, planning, and assessment; building positive relationships with faculty and campus administration; coordinating a liaison librarian program; and training staff as needed.  The incumbent will also be responsible for the control and oversight of all expenditures, including the operations, acquisitions, gift and memorial budgets; supervision of personnel (4 fulltime faculty librarians and 4 staff); oversight of collection development; providing reference and library instruction services; and public relations and service activities within the campus, university, and community.

    Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups and the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect research, teaching and learning, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research programs, services and collections.

    Required:  ALA-accredited MLS degree (or recognized foreign equivalent) and a minimum of five years relevant professional experience, with significant successful managerial experience in a library.  Strong oral and written communication skills essential, and demonstrated successful experience working with a diverse clientele. Demonstrated knowledge of current library trends and resources, ability to work independently but also within a broader organizational environment, and strong public service orientation.  Must have strong organizational and project management skills.

    Preferred:  Experience in managing a large library unit, projects, and/or budgets.

    Salary:  Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; Medical plans; TIAA/CREF, Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

    Successful candidate will be hired on a 3-year contract with possibility for renewal.

    To apply, submit letter of application and resume with the names/addresses/phone numbers of three references via email to:


    William K. Gentz

    Head, Library Human Resources


    Applications received by August 11, 2017 will receive primary consideration.

    About the Owen Library:

    The Owen Library is located at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, approximately 77 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA. Currently the library contains over 230,000 items and provides access to a vast array of information resources through the University Library System. Owen Library's mission is to provide and promote access to information resources necessary for the achievement of the University's leadership objectives in teaching, learning, research, creativity, and community service, and to collaborate in the development of effective information, teaching, and learning systems.

    To learn more about the library, please visit: www.library.pitt.edu/johnstown

    For more information on the University of Pittsburgh, please visit:  www.pitt.edu


    The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer