Deputy Director, Law Library - Georgetown University Law Center
Deputy Director, Law Library - Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Law Library, located in the nation's capital, and within walking distance of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, is one of the country's premier legal research institutions, with a dynamic staff of more than 50 and a collection exceeding one million volumes. We strive to live up to our motto: “Supporting Scholarship, Excelling in Service, Leading in Technology.”
The Deputy Director is a senior librarian responsible for planning, personnel, budget, and resource management. Reporting to the Law Library Director, the Deputy Director assists in the development and implementation of the mission, goals, and broad policy directions for the Law Library. The person works closely with the Director in providing leadership in strategic planning, administration, assessment, communication, and resource allocation; coordinates the activities and personnel in the law library. The Deputy Director supervises six of the library's nine departments in duties that include but are not limited to:
Leadership and Management
- Assessing resources, their use, and their allocations in regard to current and future issues involving collections, services, and patrons.
- Creating, reporting, and analyzing quantitative and qualitative measurements of library operations and activities to improve library performance and effectiveness.
- Coordinating interdepartmental activities and tracking progress toward achieving established or developing goals.
- Assessing skills and weaknesses of personnel, in order to establish development plans for direct reports and development activities for the entire library.
- Collaborating with law school and library units in undertaking inter campus projects or resolving complex problems.
- Coordinating the library's emergency response planning.
- Working with local, national, or international libraries on broad collaborative initiatives.
- Planning, leading, and implementing library-wide projects to accomplish planned goals and objectives.
- Facilitating the work of library working groups.
- Ensuring consistent library-wide application of personnel policies and procedures for librarians, staff, and student employees.
- Ensuring that library personnel practices comply with applicable regulations.
- Establishing programs and processes to promote effective recruitment, selection, orientation, retention, performance management, professional development and training for library regular and academic staff
- Working with the Human Resources Forum to identify and implement initiatives furthering related goals.
- Coordinating with Human Resources, Financial Affairs, General Counsel, and Law Center Administration, where needed, to implement recommendations related to personnel management.
- Allocating personnel resources effectively, consulting with managers to ensure that positions are described consistently and accurately.
- Reviewing and updating job descriptions, and providing training where necessary for the job.
- Acts as an advisor to staff or managers on employee relations issues, and serves as the initial library contact for supervisors dealing with complex human resources issues (e.g., potential disciplinary matter).Oversees publication and maintenance of relevant policies, procedures, and documents; and maintains the administrative wiki on the library's intranet.
- With relevant personnel, formulates funding requests to the director and approves administrative cost centers, including staff and student salaries, travel and development, supplies and equipment.
- Monitors budgets and reports projections to the director.
- Coordinates library space planning, renovation, and construction.
- Serves as a library liaison to project managers for campus capital and operational projects.
- Develops master plans and implementation plans for library facilities.
- Master's degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information studies, or equivalent
- 10 years of experience in a library system with increasing supervisory responsibility
- Commitment to and demonstrated success in mentoring and support for staff professional development
- Knowledge of a wide range of library and information resources and services
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working and collaborative relationships
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment
- A broad academic library background and an understanding of the principles of library science, services, operations, technologies, and philosophy; as well as expertise in law librarianship, human resources management and business operations
- A strong understanding of management and leadership trends, concepts, and best practices coupled with a positive vision of the changing academic library
- Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited school of law, or equivalent
- Experience in an academic, research law library in a university setting, and successful instructional experience
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