Position: Associate Dean. Library & Technology
Location: George Mason University Law Library
Originally posted on AALL Careers.
About the Position:
The George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School, invites applications for the Associate Dean, Library & Technology. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The Associate Dean, Library & Technology has the responsibility and accountability for the administration and development of the law library and technology services for the law school, including the wise stewardship of the budget and outstanding leadership of the library and technology services staff. The Associate Dean, Library & Technology is responsible for effectively conveying the goals and needs of the library and technology services to the law school administration and acting as the library’s main representative in maintaining satisfactory relationships with key constituents, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the Mason community on library and technology-related issues.
Key qualifications for this position include appropriate academic qualifications, excellent communications skills, excellent strategic planning, a willingness to advocate for the library and technology services, a tendency toward a collaborative and supportive leadership style, enthusiasm for assessing and implementing new technology, and a commitment to fostering excellence in librarianship and the law library profession. The Associate Dean shall have knowledge of and experience in law library administration sufficient to support the program of legal education at the law school and to enable the law school to operate in compliance with the American Bar Association Standards.
Exercises management and oversight of the library’s budget through establishing financial priorities of the library, tracking library expenditures, and approving all library operations and personnel expenditures;
Oversees all library personnel matters through initial approval of all hiring decisions, hiring pay rates, pay increases, reclassification requests, and performance evaluations. Provides resolution/mediation of employee disputes and grievances as needed;
Responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the library’s services to faculty, students, staff, alumni and the local bar;
Has primary responsibility for management of the law school’s ITS team and works closely with Mason ITS to assure that ITS provides the highest quality service and support to the law school. Oversees technology purchases including hardware and software. Advises the Dean in the identification, development, and implementation of new information technologies and services in order to support the educational and research needs of faculty, students, and staff;
Oversees the library staff’s collaboration with and participation in the law school’s Legal Research, Writing & Analysis Program;
Works closely with the law school’s leadership team on the development of the law school’s computing environment including faculty/staff desktops, student labs, classroom technology, local servers, and the network;
Works with the law school’s executive team and the team’s communications lead to develop, grow and improve the law school website;
Communicates library policies and procedures, as established by the Assistant/Associate Dean and the Dean in consultation with faculty, to the library’s users. Responds to user complaints and questions. Periodically surveys users on their satisfaction with services;
Responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the library’s collection so that it will effectively support the teaching and research activities of the Law School;
Responsible for seeing that the library makes optimum use of its physical facilities and that the physical facilities are properly maintained. Communicates to the Law School administration the library’s space needs;
Attends regular faculty meetings. Serves on the Library Faculty and Technology Committee. Assists in faculty recruitment by describing the library’s collection and services to candidates;
Participates in the work of university committees and regional and national professional associations as requested and as assigned by the Dean;
Serves as an active member of the Dean’s executive team in the overall operation of the law school; and
Performs related duties as required.
MLS and JD from ALA and ABA accredited schools and substantial experience in Law Library administration; strong service orientation; highly knowledgeable in computer applications and technologies employed in law schools today.
For Additional Information and to Apply:
For full consideration apply by 5/24/2022