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INTERNAL POSTING: Associate Dean/Associate Librarian, Curriculum, Research and User Services - University Libraries

Apply now Job no: 493403
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Library

University Libraries has two Associate Deans; the Associate Dean for Curriculum, Research and User Services [CRUS] and the Associate Dean for Curation, Preservation and Publishing Services [CPPS]. This is a shared position description for both Associate Dean positions. The Associate Deans [ADs] provide leadership within the Libraries, working collaboratively across campus, with the local community, and with national and international partners to create and support traditional and cutting edge services designed to meet the current and emergent needs of students, faculty, and staff, with a strong student experience focus in line with liberal education.

As key members of the Grand Valley State University Libraries’ senior management team, the ADs ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency and share in responsibility for decision-making, resource management, and development of policies for operations and services as well as library-wide planning, assessment and programming. While each AD position has individual areas of responsibility, both ADs should adopt a holistic library-wide view in terms of strategic planning, communication, and fostering an environment of innovation. ADs play a leadership role in promoting teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness within GVSU University Libraries and the campus. In addition, ADs participate in relevant campus, consortia or multi-institutional groups.

As faculty members of the Libraries, the ADs maintain a strong agenda in research, scholarly publication, and professional service activities in line with expectations at the Grand Valley State University Libraries.


As members of the Executive Team, collaboratively provide executive leadership and support for the Libraries’ strategic planning, policy development, financial administration, and resource allocation in conjunction with the Dean, which includes:

  • Building a shared service ethic and commitment to the success of the Libraries by supporting, communicating, and championing the mission, values, philosophy, and culture of the organization, with a particular focus on student experience, teamwork, accessibility, diversity and inclusion
  • Collaboratively drafting and reviewing annual and strategic plans for the Libraries as well direction for portfolios
  • Reviewing the annual budget and identifying resources required for future development through multi-year budgeting
  • Contributing to and advancing the development and execution of the Libraries’ strategic goals and objectives
  • Supporting and facilitating the work of the Libraries’ leadership, and in doing so sharing overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Libraries
    • Providing leadership and mentorship in support of Department Heads and their responsibilities
    • Sponsoring and supporting committee chairs, functions and activities in the Libraries
    • Leading and/or mentoring cross-functional task forces and/or working groups
  • Serving as executive sponsor for strategic partnership and stewarding of MOUs as per portfolios
  • Proactively addressing challenges in the development and execution of multi-faculty/unit and campus-wide strategies, which requires a high degree of coordination and consultation
  • Building and nourishing effective partnerships within and outside of the Libraries
  • Serving as a coach and mentor for library faculty and staff
  • Authorizing expenses for areas of responsibility
  • Acting for the Dean in his/her absence

Curriculum & Research

Provides strategic leadership and guidance for curriculum and research based services and partnerships to support the teaching, research, and clinical activities of the University’s students, faculty, and staff:

  • Enables the use of technology in support of user-centered services
  • Shapes the development and delivery of high-quality curriculum-integrated information literacy and information science for faculty and students
  • Guides those with teaching duties to continually engineer relevance in all outreach and teaching responsibilities
  • Advocates for targeted, embedded information literacy teaching in basic and advanced classes, whether in-person, hybrid or online, by leveraging universal design for learning
  • Promotes forward thinking, service-oriented professional research consulting services as well as peer-to-peer services
  • Oversees the development of exhibits that align with a liberal education mindset and support teachable moments in physical and digital forms
  • Collaborates with others to develop, evaluate, and continually improve programs and services

Strategic Facilities & Building Management

Collaborates with library faculty and staff, as well as other university offices and personnel, to oversee strategic and multi-year planning for all facilities and physical spaces, with a focus on universal design and accessibility:

  • Enables the development of a multi-year facilities and operations plan for maintenance and upgrades
  • Fosters partnerships with various university departments to ensure long-term space planning and capital improvements to integrate universal space design and accessibility to ensure a positive user experience throughout all library spaces
  • Fosters the development of events and tours that support the educational goals of library spaces in alignment with University mission and goals
  • Collaborates to ensure necessary infrastructure to support the applications of signage guidelines throughout University Libraries
  • Collaborates to ensure high-functioning technology hardware infrastructure supports the programmatic outcomes of the Libraries
  • Provides oversight for the funds associated with facilities and operations

User Experience & Service Development

Provides strategic leadership and oversight in the areas of front-line services, stacks management, interlibrary loans and course support services:

  • Supports the development, planning, assessment and programmatic design for user experience initiatives and user-facing services
  • Collaboratively develops and implements policies and procedures vital to the delivery of services, with a focus on accessibility, diversity and inclusion
  • Oversees user experience initiatives and services regardless of format
  • Leads an assessment program to ensure evidence-based service and space development

Either Associate Dean, based on Alignment and Organizational Need

Assessment & Planning

Serves as executive sponsor for assessment and data analytics initiatives in the Libraries and liaison for campus:

  • Leads the active development and management of an assessment framework and programs, including the generation and interpretation of data to inform the Libraries’ service, collection, and investment decisions, and to demonstrate the Libraries' value to the campus community and beyond
  • Facilitates library assessment efforts to illustrate university community satisfaction and student success
  • Ensures the effective development and administration of the Libraries' operating budget, including multi-year budgeting
  • Coordinates ongoing strategic and annual planning processes for the University Libraries and department, monitoring progress toward accomplishment of strategic goals and initiatives as well as departmental goals and objectives
  • Ensures alignment of annual goals with the Libraries' and the campus's strategic plans
  • Provides written reports, statistics and data to the Libraries, University and appropriate entities as needed
  • Leads the development of operational implementation framework and planning

Communication and Engagement

As the strategic lead for marketing, communications, social media and outreach:

  • Oversees the Libraries’ communication strategy for both internal and external audiences, interpreting the Libraries’ contributions and needs to constituencies within the Libraries and on campus
  • Links staff activities and operations to the Libraries’ strategic goals and assessment plans, and develops communication strategies
  • Oversees library publications, library contributions to institutional publications, and all public facing content
  • Provides strategic leadership for community engagement and educational marketing content in digital and physical spaces
  • Coordinates communications from the Libraries’ leadership team to the Libraries
  • Manages partnership with the University’s Institutional Marketing

Strategic Workforce Management

As the strategic lead for professional development and human resources:

  • Coordinates recruiting, hiring and retention of quality library faculty, staff, and student workers
  • Develops and sustains the Libraries’ staff and faculty library professional development program, including initial training and succession planning
  • Ensures Library compliance with legislative and procedural requirements through active partnership with campus experts including Human Resources and bargaining units
  • Provides leadership in strategic planning and direction-setting with respect to workforce management as well as equity and inclusion



  • Tenure at Grand Valley State University
  • Strong leadership skills, including keen analytical and conceptual abilities and demonstrated ability to lead collaborative organizational change, inspire innovation, and delegate responsibility appropriately;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to serve as an advocate and spokesperson 
  • Demonstrated commitment to a positive student experience, with the ability to view issues beyond their scope of responsibility;
  • Evidence of partnership development and project initiation;
  • Evidence of working creatively, collaboratively, and effectively in a leadership role in promoting teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness;
  • Strong comfort with creative ambiguity


  • Evidence of implementation of emerging trends in higher education;
  • Demonstrated progression of increasingly responsible, relevant, and professional work experience;
  • Demonstrated engagement in areas associated with portfolios;
  • Strong record of collaboratively working with all levels of personnel, as well as faculty and students,
  • Experience with personnel development and management (faculty, staff, student and graduate student assistants, staff development, coaching, mentoring, supervision, hiring, etc.);
  • Evidence of research, publication, and service consistent with university standards for tenure.

Salary:  Additional compensation in additional to salary

Department/Division:  University Libraries, Academic and Student Affairs

Campus: Allendale

How to Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Learn more about the position by reading the full ad and position posting or feel free to contact Dean of University Libraries, Annie Bélanger,; @annie_belanger; or search committee chair, Joy Gianakura at

Application Deadline: July 20, 2020


Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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