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Dean of Library and Academic Innovation, Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, RI

Job Summary:
The Dean of Library and Academic Innovation is responsible for the overall vision, leadership and management of a multi-campus (4) library, Instructional Design and On-line Learning, with the primary goal of supporting students, faculty and staff. The Dean will assume a leadership role to promote student achievement and retention through integrating the existing academic library role along with the oversight of the college's Center for Academic Innovation. The Center for Academic Innovation supports high-quality, timely, and innovative professional development to support all instruction, including On-line and Hybrid delivery models and student success initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Provide leadership for the physical design, planning, implementation, and promotion of library-based academic assistance centers.
  • Establishes department goals in conjunction with library faculty and staff as related to the overall strategic plan of the College.
  • Plans, coordinates, directs and supports library activities, learning communities and participates in other college-wide student success initiatives.
  • Collaborates with faculty, other deans and College staff on initiatives to increase support for students and faculty.
  • Leads the continuing transformation of the library into a student center that encourages academic excellence and collaboration in a technologically rich environment.
  • Promotes the value of the library among the faculty and encourages its inclusion within curricula and instructional designs.
  • Participates in inter-institutional library consortia designed to support common goals
  • Facilitates academic partnerships between teaching faculty, K-12 faculty, and 4-year transfer institution faculty.
  • Promotes teaching excellence through quality instruction and professional development activities for teaching faculty.
  • Ensure library and academic innovation services, initiatives and activities are established with a commitment to diversity and are aligned with the distinctive characteristics of a Community College student population.


  • Collects, analyzes and uses relevant data to inform decisions about library operations, policies and strategic direction.
  • Effectively plans and manages the financial resources of the library and Center for Academic Innovation.
  • Oversee the development of resource allocations for facilities, equipment and technologies that support academic programs.
  • Utilizes a strategic and creative approach to hiring and staffing the library.
  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned faculty and staff.
  • Promotes and facilitates professional development for department faculty and staff.
  • Assess library utilization and makes recommendations to address areas of need.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Studies from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic library or unit devoted to academic technology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategic fiscal and facilities management.
  • Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of library operations, systems, policies, procedures, standards and trends in academic libraries.
  • Proven collaborative and leadership skills to facilitate faculty, staff and student success toward common goals.
  • Understanding pedagogy in both traditional and on-line education, including the use of technology for distance delivery of programs or courses.

For full job description and application:

Application close date: July 16th

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