Executive Director of Libraries -- Northeastern State University -- Tahlequah, OK

Listing Number: 2019-0108S
Job Title: Executive Director of Libraries
Application Deadline Preference
(Application received by this date will receive full consideration.) 05/15/2019

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Description of Position:
Northeastern State University seeks an experienced leader for our libraries. The Executive Director of Libraries reports to and is supervised by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Executive Director of Libraries is responsible, either directly or indirectly, for the operations of the libraries, the development and implementation of library services, and the hiring, professional development, and evaluation of library personnel.

NSU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce as an essential part of excellence in faculty and staff at the University. NSU will take actions to attract and retain qualified women and minorities in all positions and levels within the University.

Education Requirements

  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited university.
  • Doctorate degree in Library Science or compatible area desired.


  • Minimum of three to five years of administrative experience in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of advanced technology and electronic information management.
  • Candidates should possess strong communication, collaborative, and consensus-building skills and demonstrated expertise in planning, budgeting, grants, and financial development.
  • Candidates should understand the academic environment and the role of the library in support of all forms of scholarship – learning, teaching, and research.


  • Establishes a shared vision that promotes the missions of the library and the University by developing, implementing, advocating for, and advancing the library’s strategic plan.
  • Provide visionary and effective leadership to library faculty, staff, and students to collectively achieve the strategic initiatives.
  • Lead the continuing transformation of the Library into a student center that encourages research, academic excellence, and collaboration in a technologically rich environment.
  • Develops and implements library policies and procedures.
  • Prepares annual budget recommendations and submits for approval; receives and expends library funds according to university guidelines; maintains accurate and up-to-date financial records.
  • Supervises the recruitment, selection, hiring, supervision, evaluation and termination of library personnel.
  • Develops programs to facilitate student life-long learning.
  • Prepares for regularly scheduled meetings with university executives and library personnel.
  • Prepares annual reports; informs and advises university administration of local, regional, state, national, and international developments in the library field.
  • Directs the library’s collection management functions; supervises the selection of materials, the cataloging and classification of materials, and the maintenance of weeding schedules; performs periodic reviews of collection development policies and makes recommendations and revisions as needed.
  • Directs the library’s circulation functions; directs the maintenance of a user registration database.
  • Directs the maintenance of University Archives and Records Management programs, including the provision of equipment, archival supplies and staffing; directs the maintenance of standard recommended archival environmental controls.
  • Supervises the development and execution of a variety of service programs to meet the needs of library patrons, including customer services, the preparation of public relations materials, the coordination of volunteer groups, the preparation of grant applications, and the evaluation of existing programs, services, policies and procedures.
  • Oversees the care and maintenance of library buildings and grounds; reviews and assesses building needs.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Salary: Commensurate
Starting Date: 07/01/2019

College/Department Statement
Northeastern is a regional comprehensive university of approximately 9500 students offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, and a doctorate in Optometry. The University is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, with branch campuses in Broken Arrow and Muskogee, and provides course work in several other cities in eastern Oklahoma. There it a branch campus library located on the Broken Arrow campus, and services are provided at other external locations. The library provides access to extensive electronic information resources, extensive Native American historical resources and more than a million other items. For further information visit the NSU homepage at http://www.nsuok.edu.

Information for Applicants
If college work or degree is required, transcripts may be scanned, saved and uploaded. An official/certified transcript is required upon employment.

Please include on the application complete contact information for a minimum of three references.

Northeastern State University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce as an essential part of excellence in faculty and staff at the University, and complies with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and equal employment opportunity for VEVRRA protected veterans. NSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply for any opening at NSU.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit names and contact information for three professional references.

Transcripts may be scanned, saved and uploaded.

An official/certified transcript is required upon employment.

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