Dean, Library and Learning Resources

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Job Description

Tracking Code 584-215
Berklee College of Music invites applications for the position of Dean, Library and Learning Resources.  Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee is the world’s largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music.  The Berklee community consists of 4,400 talented and diverse students, 606 internationally respected faculty, over 500 dedicated staff, and an extended family of alumni, whose 200+ Grammy awards testify to their contributions to the music of our time.
The Dean is the chief administrator for the library and learning resources areas, articulates a strategic vision for the areas, leads the areas in supporting the teaching and learning needs of the various programs and departments, and serves as advocate for the library and learning resources within the college and larger community.

The Dean is responsible for the successful administration of the Stan Getz Library, which encompasses the library, media center, and archival activities, and Learning Resources, comprised of the Learning Center and the core music tutoring program.  The Dean also guides the collaboration in supporting the library of the Berklee campus in Valencia, Spain, as well as the college’s online extension school, which will offer bachelor of professional studies programs starting in Fall 2014.
Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice Provost, the Dean is part of the Academic Affairs senior leadership and oversees a staff of 19, including direct supervision of the Director of Library Services, Director of Learning Support Services, Manager of Learning Resources Web Development, and the Library Systems Developer.  The Dean is a member of the President’s Council (college’s senior leadership) and Academic Leadership Council (Academic Affairs leadership).
Ideal Qualities and Capabilities
The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader and administrator with experience in a leadership capacity and expertise in strategic planning, goal setting, program development, implementation, and delivery.  The individual will demonstrate a strong record of accomplishment in academic library management with particular emphasis in overseeing programs in music and/or the arts.  A passion for music, particularly contemporary music, is essential.  The individual will possess the capacity to resonate with the unique character of Berklee and demonstrate commitment to Berklee’s mission to prepare students for professional careers in music.

The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association, and a bachelors degree or higher in music; demonstrate substantive understanding of the role of the music library and learning support services in higher education, including awareness of the best practices in higher education; possess a strong background in applying emerging technologies within the academic music library environment and learning support services; display the ability to be innovative with services; and demonstrate successful budget management experience.
From a personal perspective, the ideal leader will possess the ability to provide dynamic and vigorous leadership that embraces a collaborative, collegial, and inclusive leadership style, as well as consensus-building capabilities.  The individual will be able to function effectively in a constantly changing environment, exhibit excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrate commitment to diversity.  Grant writing and/or fund raising success are considered desirable.

The Dean position is a full-time, 12-month appointment with a starting date as soon as is feasible, but no later than January 2, 2015.  Compensation will be both competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience.  The position is based in Boston, MA.

How to Apply

Applications should be limited to 12 pages total (preferably in PDF format) and must include the following items:

  • letter of interest that addresses your qualifications and experiences relevant to the position;  please address your letter to the Dean for Library and Learning Resources Search Committee;
  • statement of one page (or less) regarding your vision of the music library as physical space in an evolving digital and electronic environment;
  • detailed resume; and
  • names of three professional references with current contact information (e-mail addresses and telephone numbers).

Electronic applications only.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Application review is expected to begin in July 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check.

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