Fort McNair, D.C
May 02, 2021
May 08, 2021
Full Time


The Dean of the Library and Learning Center Services in the NDU Library will provide vision and leadership to unite a variety of campus-wide services which promote student learning. The Dean reports to the Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs and has full managerial responsibility for planning, programming, budgeting, and operation of the Library & Learning Center.
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  • The Dean of Library and Learning Center Services is responsible for defining and articulating the vision, strategic directions, and priorities for the Library and Learning Center.
  • Provides leadership and oversees the development, delivery and assessment of services, resources, and programming in support of student learning.
  • Creates collaborative relationships with administration, college commandants and deans, and faculty to ensure that Library and Learning Center resources, services, and programming meet the needs of the entire university community.
  • Ensures that the Library and Learning Center stays at the forefront of changes in technology, communication, instruction, and the storage and delivery of information.
  • Supports the traditional core functions of the library interpreted to 21st century user needs. Promotes knowledge of library resources and services among stakeholders and customers.
  • Directs a staff of professional, technical, and clerical personnel through the division supervisors.
  • Formulates and advocates policies and strategies for enhancing academic quality, resources, and environment through the development of education and training workshops for students, faculty and staff on current and planned academic technologies.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional TDY

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Background or Security Investigation: This is a non-critical sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a non-critical sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Must be a U.S. Citizen


Required Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program or its academic equivalent.
  • Senior-level leadership experience in an academic/research/special library that includes, planning, organizational change, and innovation. Experience planning or managing a learning/information commons or teaching/learning center.
  • Experience implementing change in a library setting to improve services, including management of change in the areas of information technology, innovative library services, online learning, and re-envisioning space.
  • Experience in long-range library planning, budgeting, evaluation, and assessment of library/learning center services. Experience managing library services and programs to support research and scholarship; making strategic decisions/recommendations by assessing and prioritizing user needs, applying operational knowledge, analyzing problems, writing policy, managing project and program implementations, and managing resources. Supervision experience and ability to lead a senior management team.
  • Communication skills, including proficiency in maintaining collaborative relationships and effective interactions in the library as well as with students, faculty, college deans, information technology leaders, staff and administrators.
  • Experience with and knowledge of information technology as it relates to libraries/learning centers and the ability to effectively communicate with technologists, administration, and library and academic support center staff about technology.


Education Requirement:

Master's Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program or its academic equivalent.

Additional information

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.

Applications for this vacancy require a narrative assessment questionnaire to be completed by each applicant and uploaded as a separate document (cover letter) with submission. The required narrative questions are listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Responses to the narrative questions must be completed and uploaded with the other specified required documents.

NDU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. NDU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telework.

Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.

Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to:

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the assessment questions to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. You must attach a separate cover letter with answers to the questions listed below. The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel.

FACTOR 1: Leadership Experience:
Describe your experience leading libraries and learning center/information commons and your ability to lead, mentor and manage a multi-functional workforce. Provide specific examples.

FACTOR 2: Leading Change:
Describe your experience driving organizational change in a library environment, including information technology enhancement and managing in a virtual environment. Highlight examples of successful change you've managed or directed.

FACTOR 3: Library Program Management:
Describe your experience managing library service, including planning, budgeting, evaluation, and assessment of library/learning center services. Describe your supervision experience and highlight examples of your ability to lead a senior management team.

FACTOR 4: Academic and Library Technology:
Describe your experience developing and implementing strategic initiatives for libraries/learning centers in the area of academic and library technology. Highlight examples of successful partnerships in which you have facilitated.

FACTOR 5: Communication and Building Partnerships:
Describe your experience working across organizational boundaries and establishing trusted partnerships and building relationships across an organization. Provide specific examples.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  • Complete Assessment Questionnaire - Separate cover letter answering required narrative questions.
  • Other Supporting Documents
  • The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
  • SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  • If you claim Veteran's Preference:
    - You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what the condition of discharge is thought to be.
    - If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability.
    - If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
  • Other documents identified in the announcement.
  • WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.

    It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered or uploaded is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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