Position: Executive Director
Location: University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium
Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.
Job ID 59151090
Purpose of Position
The Executive Director of the USMAI Library Consortium will provide strategic vision and leadership in developing, implementing, and assessing consortial initiatives. They will work closely with the CLD and consortial staff to anticipate emerging trends in library services, library systems and technologies, scholarly communication, and collection development. The Executive Director will represent the USMAI Library Consortium at the System, state, and national levels and will be the consortial contact on collaborative projects with other libraries and consortia. The Executive Director will have a leading role in key initiatives including selection of a next generation library system for the consortium, full implementation of discovery tools, review, and negotiation of consortial purchasing arrangements, exploration of new models for collection development, and other initiatives in keeping with USMAI’s Statement of Purpose, Guiding Principles, and Strategic Priorities.
Leadership and Management
In consultation with CLD, develop a shared vision for forward-looking consortial library programs, services, and systems.
Advocate for innovative and relevant consortium-wide contracts, including evaluation of vendors’ products, negotiation of contracts, and implementation and assessment of selected solutions.
Provide strategic leadership for the operations of the consortium, including focusing, empowering, and holding membership teams accountable for achieving their goals.
In coordination with the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs of USM and the leaders of member libraries, maintain robust periodic reporting and communications to other groups such as the Provosts, CIOs, and other key administrative officers of all member institutions.
Align the USMAI budget with strategic priorities and develop a consortial budget plan.
Build a culture of participation amongst USMAI libraries.
Regularly assess member needs for new or changed programs and services, including professional development opportunities.
Provide guidance and mentoring for staff and librarians employed by the consortium.
Contribute to achieving the consortium’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals.
Responsibilities Specific to the Council of Library Directors
Serve as an ex officio member of the CLD and the CLD Executive Council to provide advice and to collaborate on policy development and strategic directions for the consortium.
Propose new initiatives to the CLD for consideration.
Manage the consortium’s finances, which includes oversight of USMAI funds and the presentation of regular financial reports and an annual audit to the CLD.
Perform other duties as assigned by the CLD and/or the CLD Executive Council.
Provide vision and strategic leadership for the organization.
Investigate, analyze, implement, and assess collaborative initiatives such as new models for collection development, supply purchasing, and courier services.
Provide leadership in the research, review, and selection of technological solutions that will enhance consortial operations, including for example, the review and selection of the next-generation library management system, and the implementation and assessment of a new discovery platform.
Explore different organizational structures for USMAI that would lead to greater consortial effectiveness.
Identify and apply for grants to support initiatives of the consortium.
Represent USMAI at the System, state, and national levels.
Collaborate effectively with other national and international consortia and related organizations, such as ICOLC, to support the mission and goals of USMAI.
Communicate with external audiences about USMAI activities (marketing the consortium within the member campuses, the state of Maryland, regionally, and nationally).
Serve as the consortial contact for USMAI and campus grants.
Lead strategic planning and implementation for innovative cooperative services.
Education: Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
Experience: Five years of progressively responsible experience in positions in academic libraries, associations or related non-profit organizations, or similar organizations. Evidence of professional experience as a transformative and collaborative leader.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of trends in higher education and how libraries fit in those trends.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to manage relationships with staff at all levels in multiple institutions and organizations.
Track record of innovation.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Ability to balance competing demands and priorities in a challenging and complex organizational environment.
Strategic and analytical thinking skills with an ability to solve problems and make decisions.
Leadership, coaching, and teambuilding skills to strengthen and cultivate relationships.
Ability to lead, motivate and work effectively in a team environment and independently, and to work collaboratively with faculty and staff of the USMAI libraries.
Flexibility in a changing technological environment.
Initiative, energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to supporting the mission of the USMAI Library Consortium.
Education: Master’s degree in Library or Information Sciences from a program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent training and experience.
Experience: Fundraising and grant writing experience. Project management experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: N/A