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Associate Dean of University Libraries for Research and Learning Services, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of University Libraries for Research and Learning Services (RLS).  This is an extraordinary opportunity to create and shape major programs, strategic directions, and innovation in research and learning for one of the nation's premier research libraries.

The Associate Dean will have an opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues and provide leadership for transformational access and research services; teaching and learning programs; digital strategies; scholarly communication; and assessment and marketing of services and programs.


The Position

Reporting to the Vice Provost and Dean of University Libraries, the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services (RLS) is responsible for strategic visioning, policy and program development, and oversight of operations, personnel, budget, and overall excellence in the departments that comprise of about 120 staff members in the following RLS departments --Access Services; Research Services; Learning Services; Information Technology Services and Digital Strategies; and Scholarly Communication and Publishing. 

Serving on the Libraries Cabinet, the Associate Dean:

  • Works closely with other senior leaders within and across portfolios to ensure services and collections are responsive to the needs of diverse users
  • Actively contributes to the ongoing stewardship and strategic directions of the Libraries
  • Develops staff at all levels
  • Supports the learning organization
  • Nurtures an inclusive environment that supports diversity and equity
  • Provides leadership at local, state, regional, national, and international levels



$105,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background. An Administrative Stipend will be established at the time of appointment.



Position will be at rank of Associate Librarian or Librarian.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state income tax.




  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • At least 8 years of successful post-MLS library experience including at least 5 years in a substantive role and relevant leadership experience in an academic or research library.
  • Record of innovation, program implementation and evaluation; ability to articulate a strategic vision for RLS in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Knowledge of current issues, trends and opportunities in higher education and the implications for scholarly publishing, research and scholarship, learning and pedagogy, access services, and enabling technologies.
  • Energy, creativity, and affinity for productive ambiguity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective, collaborative, and compassionate leadership in a complex organization.
  • Interest in working with donors and fundraising

Application Instructions

To view the full description and apply, please use the following link. Applications should be received no later than Monday, April 29, 2019.

The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) statement*
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, if currently employed one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)

* UW Libraries Equity Diversity Inclusion Statement Guidelines

The Libraries is an integral partner in the education, research, clinical care, and service mission of the University. It is a national leader in the development and application of innovative strategies and technologies to meet information and research needs. The UW ranks 2nd among universities in the amount of federal grant and research dollars received with close to 1.5 billion dollars in total research funding. Ranked number 14 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings and number 10 in U.S. News and World Report's Global University rankings, the UW was named one of the world's most innovative universities by Reuters.    

About the University of Washington Libraries

Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

This is an exciting time to consider a leadership role at the University of Washington with the launch of the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. The Libraries aligns its organizational structure on an ongoing basis to more strategically and effectively support the current and future needs of University of Washington researchers and learners. 

Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2018-2021 Strategic PlanWe aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. We actively support the University in sustaining diversity, creating inclusive experiences for the UW community, and confronting institutional bias and structural racism. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than one pagedetailing your experience supporting or contributing to equity, diversity and/or inclusion in areas such as, but not limited to, librarianship, professional development (e.g. presentations, publications) and/or service and your vision for supporting or contributing to the Libraries' commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin.

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