Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community, inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and Benedictine values. We seek employees who will contribute to the advancement of our mission by helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Job Title: University Librarian
Department: University Library
Reports to: Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Status: Full-Time, Benefit Eligible
Location: Lisle Campus
Position Summary: The University Librarian is responsible for overall administration of the library program and the Mesa campus, including planning, budgeting, collection development, staff supervision
and evaluation, and public relations.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Prepares and administers the annual library budget, including salaries, operating budget, materials budget, equipment, facilities, and fundraising in order to maintain and provide the appropriate range of services and technologies to support curricular and research needs.
- Works with the library personnel, the Library Committee, and the wider University population to ensure that library collections, resources, services and planning are aligned with the University’s mission and goals. Coordinates operations and facilitates communications with the Mesa campus to ensure consistency of service and support for academic and curricular programs.
- Formulates policies, rules, regulations, and practices for the most effective use of the library’s personnel, resources, and facilities; promotes and supports professional development and training activities for the professional librarians and staff members; supervises the work of the library personnel and oversees hiring, training, evaluation, and retention of librarians and support staff
- Represents the library’s services and resources to the campus community and beyond; provides strategic direction for special collections and the University archives; works with the Office of University Development in fund raising and grant-seeking activities. Serves as a member of the Provost’s Council and coordinates with the deans, faculty, and academic leaders to ensure a comprehensive library program is provided.
- Represents the Library and the University to the extended community through on and off campus programs; serves the profession through service at the local, state, national, and international levels; participates in professional activities, research, publication, and presentations; works with internal and external organizations to advocate for library support and services, and to raise funds in support of those services.
Serve as a member of the Provost’s Council.
Other duties as assigned.
Education: Master’s Degree Required, Doctorate Degree Preferred. MLS or equivalent; subject master’s degree or PhD
Experience: Seven or more years in librarianship with increasing responsibility; teaching and/or supervisory experience; record of professional activity
Specific Skills: N/A
Specific Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications: N/A
Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds. Use of computer screen, phone and customer service. May require bending, or sitting for long periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Per Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Order proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing is required.
Travel (If applicable): No
Supervisory Responsibility (if applicable): Yes. Supervises library professional and support staff; oversees planning and implementation of library services.
Working Conditions: General Office Environment
Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University’s rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. Per Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Order proof of vaccination or weekly COVID-19 testing is required.
Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.