Associate Dean and Director of Medical Sciences Library

Position Announcement 

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative, and energetic leader with a keen understanding of the role of libraries in supporting interdisciplinary health and medical-related initiatives to serve as the Associate Dean and Director of the Medical Sciences Library.  As a member of a the University Libraries Executive Team, the successful candidate will collaborate with other library units to create and communicate a vision, set priorities, and develop strategies to ensure the vitality and relevance of the collections and services offered through the Medical Sciences Library. 

The Medical Sciences Library (MSL) serves the Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC), the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Department of Health and Kinesiology.  The HSC includes the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, and School of Public Health.  The MSL is located on the College Station campus, but operates small onsite libraries in Bryan, Round Rock, Temple, and Kingsville, Texas with embedded librarians or staff members to serve some of the distributed HSC campuses.  The MSL engages in support for campus wide biomedical information needs. It is a Resource Library within the South Central Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the South Central Academic Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL).  The MSL currently has a budget of nearly $7.5 million dollars and a staffing complement of 30 FTE, including 14 librarians. It is home to a 24/7 Graduate Professional study space and a recently renovated special collection space housing the library’s internationally recognized Historical Veterinary Research Collection.

This is a senior leadership position with faculty status.  It is an open track search where the successful candidate will have a sufficient and established record in the appropriate areas to warrant appointment as an associate professor or professor (preferred).  To be considered for a tenured position, candidates must have a strong, ongoing body of scholarship evidenced by publications in high quality, peer reviewed journals or other impactful venues, an engaged record of service at a national level, and go through a complete review process for tenure on arrival.  To be considered for a non-tenured (Academic Professional Track) position, candidates must have a robust, active record of professional service at multiple levels with demonstrated national impact. 

Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree (or international equivalent)
  • Minimum of five years of supervisory/management experience in progressively responsible positions
  • Minimum of seven years in a library environment with emphasis on health sciences, medical, veterinary, or life sciences areas
  • Demonstrated innovative leadership in organizing resources (human, technical, and financial) to create an efficient, flexible, and nimble organization
  • Experience in being part of a collaborative team and engaging with general academic libraries
  • Demonstrated commitment to high standards in and enhancement of customer services through assessment
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity; ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population
  • Evidence of exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • National or international reputation in librarianship
  • Proven success at engaging with academic stakeholders and administrators within the communities being served by the library
  • Record of achievement sufficient for appointment as a Professor with tenure or non-tenured Executive Professor
  • Eight years of substantive management and supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions
  • Familiarity with a large public academic environment that balances state and institutional structures, rules, and procedural compliance
  • Additional Master’s degree or PhD in a relevant discipline (topical subject or administrative)
  • Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Senior or Distinguished level

Minimum starting salary $97,000, part of which may be designated as an administrative stipend.

 

ENVIRONMENT:

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service.  The university has an enrollment of more than 63,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty. Based on Vision 2020, the institution’s goal is to become a premier, tier-one Research University and to be ranked among the top 10 public universities nationwide by 2020.

 

The Libraries:

In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking.  In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.

The Libraries currently rank 8th in materials expenditures ($23.6 million) and 4th in ongoing expenditures ($16.6 million) among all ARL libraries. Additionally, the Libraries typically rank near the top 10 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 268 individuals which includes 90 librarians holding faculty status.

The Community:

Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station, a friendly community where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.

Salary/Benefits/Rank: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $97,000, part of which may be designated as an administrative stipend. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax. Funding is available for professional travel and development activities.

Applications: Applications received by October 13, 2018 will be given first consideration.  The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. EXTERNAL APPLICANTS If you currently are NOT a Texas A&M System employee please click below to go to our external career site to view our jobs. Go to External Career Site – https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/TAMU_External INTERNAL APPLICANTS If you currently ARE a Texas A&M System employee: Go to Internal Career Site – https://jobs.tamu.edu/internal-applicants/. Please attach cover letter, vita and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references to the application.  References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.  The Texas A&M University Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.

For more information about the library, see http://library.tamu.edu, about the university, http://www.tamu.edu, and about the communities, http://www.visitaggieland.com.