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Associate University Librarian for Finance, Planning, and Assessment

Job ID: 2014456
Location: Storrs Campus

This is a senior management position, reporting to the Vice Provost for University Libraries, with direct responsibility for providing leadership and oversight in assuring effective and efficient management of all University of Connecticut Libraries (UCL) financial resources, and for guiding the strategic planning process through constituent engagement and a wide variety of data collection and assessment activities. This position will be actively engaged in the development, implementation and evaluation of Library goals and objectives. She/he will serve as a member of the Vice Provost Council which is responsible for the overall success of the University Libraries in meeting the teaching, learning, and research needs of the University of Connecticut.

The individual chosen for this position will have a clear understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities inherent in the rapidly changing landscape of academic libraries and higher education today.

The University of Connecticut system includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, where this position is located, five regional campuses throughout the state, a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools at its Health Center. UConn’s 14 schools and colleges offer 8 undergraduate degrees in 102 majors, 17 graduate degrees in 88 fields of study, and 5 professional graduate programs. In 2011-2012, 5,149 bachelor’s, 1,573 master’s, 341 Ph.D., 234 J.D./LL.M., 94 Pharm.D., 87 M.D., and 47 D.D.S. degrees were awarded. The University is achieving new heights of academic success – doubling research grants, attracting top students, and offering programs that continue to grow in prestige. Its faculty members today comprise leaders in their field on the national and international levels.

1. Conducts major personnel decisions including supervising, evaluation, training of accounting and purchasing personnel.
2. Prepare short and long-term budget forecasts including recommending and implementing budget adjustments.
3. Prepare standard and targeted budget reports that allow for managerial decision making at regular intervals or on demand.
4. Direct and participate in the timely submission of annually required budget allocation, categorization of reserves, projections and fiscal year close documents.
5. Provide leadership and training appropriate UCL staff regarding budget, revenues, expense allocations, operations and reports.
6. Set budget allocations for each for each functional area (e.g., collections, facilities, etc) and monitor expenditures across multiple accounts, including foundation and endowment accounts.

Strategic Planning:
1. Work closely with other UCL leadership to identify, refine and implement strategic goals that reflect the mission, vision and core values of the organization.
2. Oversee and coordinate the development of strategic planning initiatives including prioritization of human and technical resources needed to accomplish the goals.
3. Provide guidance and support for the UCL Planning Team.
4. Work in consultation with the AUL for Administrative Services and Facilities to develop 1-5 year staff hiring plans based on strategic goals, objectives and funding.
5. Supervise the UCL Communications and Public Outreach staff to execute and monitor the communication plan and to assure the completion of Vice Provost’s Office official material (e.g., Annual Report).

Project Management:
1. Serve as principal point of contact between Vice Provost Council and cross functional project leaders in order to facilitate communication, determine acceptable risks and maintain reasonable completion dates.
2. Develop and establish project management tools and guidelines that support successful project implementation.
3. Direct and integrate project priorities into strategic planning goals and other library initiatives so that efforts are cohesive and effective across the organization.

1. Identify and participate in the development and assessment of key success indicators.
2. Coordinate the gathering and submission of ARL statistics and other statistical requests on a regular basis.
3. Lead the deployment of user experience tools such as LibQual on a regular basis.
4. Provide guidance and support for the UCL Survey and Assessment Team.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Masters degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
2. Seven years of experience in an academic or research library with a proven record of leadership and demonstrated ability to manage complex processes and staff.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of budget and accounting practices.
4. Experience in the use of survey, assessment, and data analysis methodologies and tools.
5. Experience leading strategic planning processes.
6. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
7. Collaborative working style with excellent project management and problem solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Experience which demonstrates knowledge of current purchasing, licensing, and accounting practices for library acquisitions.
2. Working knowledge of Integrated Library Systems.

This is a full-time, management-exempt position, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2014. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment.

Applications should be submitted online using Husky Hire at and include a cover letter, detailed resume providing evidence of a distinguished record of librarianship and scholarly achievement, and contact information for three references. Nominations and confidential inquires should be sent in confidence to To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by April 19, 2014. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.



For information on employment opportunities at the University of Connecticut Libraries please contact:

University of Connecticut Libraries
Khara Leon, Administrative Services Team Leader
369 Fairfield Road, Unit 1005A
Storrs, CT 06269-1005
(860) 486-2219