The Director, Scholarly Connections, provides administrative leadership in implementing a core strategic direction that extends the Libraries’ staff expertise in library and information science, archival and records management; and its professional knowledge networks and services to integrate academic experiences with Drexel’s strengthened connections to scholarship. Through the Libraries’ matrixed organizational management, the Director leads staff throughout the Libraries to extend the value of scholarly publications, sharable research data and archival collections. The Director provides direct supervision to three managers who lead evolving programs for archives and digital assets repositories, scholarly communications, and data management advisory services.
Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the entrepreneurial administrator strategically leads collaborations among staff, vendors, faculty, administrators and researchers to design, acquire and continually improve effective systems, licenses, and responsive advisory service support to ensure access to authoritative scholarly resources. The Libraries’ responsibility for information access encompasses purchased, licensed and archived collections, emerging open scholarly communication venues, and Drexel-generated research output in support of teaching, learning and research. Leadership responsibilities for the Drexel University Libraries are shared broadly among the Libraries senior managers, who include three Directors and the Dean of Libraries comprising the Strategic Leadership Group, and an additional 14 program managers constituting the Managerial Leadership Group. Together the SLG works as a collaborative team to shape and continually evolve the Libraries’ strategic directions and resource allocations to be a dynamic partner in the intellectual life of the University. Each Director has a holistic understanding of the library organization, its mission, strategic priorities and practices, which permit any one of them to make decisions in the absence of the Dean about the daily management of the Libraries. Each has a portfolio of unique administrative responsibilities for which s/he brings expertise, knowledge of current trends, professional contacts and a perspective responsive to the campus community’s needs. In addition to scholarly connections, the portfolios of unique administrative responsibilities include self-directed learning and information services for one director, and organizational infrastructure for the other.
• Master’s degree in library, information science or related fields, with preferred additional advanced research-based graduate degree
• Minimum of five years increasingly responsible management experience, including demonstrated success in supervision and program management
• Evidence of effective leadership, collaboration, team work, high performance standards, and commitment to diversity
• Demonstrated familiarity of trends and practices with research data management and curation, digital records management, scholarly research, and the publishing industry
• Effective expertise to identify and understand research design, practices and methodologies
• Demonstrated excellent communication skills and successful experience working with diverse cultural backgrounds and researchers from multiple disciplines
• Highly motivated and entrepreneurial approach with success in implementing innovative programs and leading organizational change
• Indication of professional commitment through service, presentation, or research
• Professional experience working in higher education or research information organizations
• Experience working in a collaborative matrixed organization
Commensurate with experience
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