Library Director, WSU TC - Washington State University in Tri-Cities Washington

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Washington State University

Tri-Cities, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Max Benitz Library at WSU Tri-Cities supports the research and scholarship of the students and faculty at the Tri-Cities campus.
The Library combines physical and digital collections, robust document delivery services and user-focused public services to
continually build and adapt to WSU Tri-Cities’s dynamic and growing environment. As part of the WSU Libraries multi-campus system, collaboration and strong partnerships are central to our work.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in library information science or graduate degree in relevant discipline.

Five years of progressively responsible experience in managing or leading special collections or services and operations, including supervisory experience.

Demonstrated ability to advance diversity.

Demonstrated ability to articulate vision, set direction, and accomplish initiatives in changing environments.

Demonstrated knowledge of archives or special collections.

Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team, interact with diverse groups of people in a positive and professional manner, and maintain good working relationships.

Experience in working with curatorial, technical services, conservation, and digital library staff to develop goals for acquiring, processing, and making special collections fully accessible.

Demonstrated understanding of and receptiveness to the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.

Evidence of success in fundraising and/or obtaining grants.

Familiarity with marketing media, principles, and practices, including desktop publishing, printing, and the Web.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D in History, communications, public relations, archaeology, anthropology OR some other related field plus seven years of progressively responsible experience in managing or leading special collections or services and operations, including supervisory experience.

Tenurable at the rank of Librarian IV.

Experience working in a complex organizational, technological and research environment.

Demonstrate a student-centered approach to librarianship.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The Library Director is responsible for the strategic leadership, administrative management and supervision of the WSU TC Library, serving as the primary advocate for library programs and services. The Director also serves the campus as part of the campus academic leadership team, reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA). Specific responsibilities include:

Work collaboratively with the Library faculty and staff to fulfill the campus’ educational and research mission through the provision of library resources and services.

Direct the Library’s long-term and strategic planning.

Foster cooperative relationships with libraries, community groups and other external agencies to enhance the resources and services provided to the WSU Tri-Cities students, faculty, and staff.

Keep abreast of the latest developments in academic libraries, education, and technology to help build strategic initiatives.

Participate in Academic Council as part of the VCAA’s leadership team, and serve on committees that deal with administrative, institutional, departmental, and academic issues.

Collaborate with the WSU Dean of Libraries to support WSU Libraries system-wide initiatives, services and policies.

Develop and administer the Library’s budget and resources.

Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.

Demonstrate the ability to advance diversity.

Hire, supervise, evaluate, and lead library staff and faculty.

Foster ongoing professional development for library staff.

Continue to build a scholarly and professional record.

Evaluate, collect, track, clean, store, inventory, preserve, report on, prepare for transport, and display, when directed, all the current and newly acquired Hanford Collection artifacts.

Manage, secure, and protect the Hanford Collection on behalf of MSA and DOE-RL;

Serve as the Repository Official and Curator/Conservator for the collection;

Participate in the evaluation of new items for possible inclusion in the Hanford Collection;

Inventory the Hanford Collection;

Clean/stabilize objects and package for storage or transport;

Store the portion of the Hanford Collection that is not on display using appropriate methods, materials and/or containers;

Safeguard the Hanford Collection from theft, vandalism, fire or detrimental environmental

Arrange outgoing artifact loans (for exhibit and research) and incoming artifact loans (for exhibit). Tasks may include object retrieval, writing condition reports, photographing, packing and unpacking;

Perform program administration including miscellaneous reports and/or presentation
preparation, meeting attendance, preparation of standard operating procedures for collection management (to be approved by MSA), miscellaneous printing and copying of papers and photographs, and other duties;

Participate in the appraisal of new items (e.g., manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving images and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, etc. and the digital equivalents of these items) for possible inclusion in the Hanford Collection;

Track collection information by labeling, digitizing, and adding a detailed description of each item to the museum collection management system (currently Proficio);

Identify and describe materials in the unprocessed collection, make recommendations for retention or discard based on professional judgment regarding the historic or continuing value of the item, create the finding aids, database records, and other tools that enable researchers to locate materials and conduct research;

Preserve the archival materials for long-term use;

Store the archival materials using appropriate methods, materials and/or containers;

Perform program administration including miscellaneous reports and/or presentation;

Provide access to and interpretation of the collections for the general public through exhibits in WSU Tri-Cities’s facilities;

Serve as an information resource to provide professional support to accommodate access to the Hanford Collection for the public, students, and institutions conducting research on the Manhattan Project and/or Cold War;

Arrange outgoing archive loans (for exhibit and research) and incoming archive loans (for exhibit). Tasks may include object retrieval, writing condition reports, photographing, packing and unpacking;

Provide interpretation, clarification, and/or elucidation of the archival materials for the general public, researchers, and institutions leading to heightened awareness of or publications on Hanford’s role in the Manhattan Project and/or Cold War.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
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Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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