Assistant Director for Collections Services

at Wellesley College (view profile)
Published April 4, 2023
Location Wellesley, Massachusetts, Massachusetts
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Masters in Library and Information Science or equivalent
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 80,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 90,000
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Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Library Collections, the Assistant Director for Collections Services manages the Library's general collections in all formats to ensure that the Community's research and teaching needs are met.  The Assistant Director for Collections Services oversees collection development, maintenance, and analysis tasks, and contributes a strategic perspective to ensure that policies and procedures align with the mission of the College.  The incumbent stays abreast of trends and issues in academic librarianship, and seeks out new ways to collaborate with the larger Library Collections Group and the Research and Instruction Support Group with a goal to provide excellent service to all constituents.


This position supervises the Art Librarian, Music Librarian, Science Librarian, Collections Management Librarian & Copyright Officer, Electronic Resources Librarian, and the Resource Acquisitions Specialist.


Position Responsibility

  • Oversees the development, maintenance, and analysis of the Library’s general collections in all formats to support teaching and learning at the College.
  • Leads a team of selector librarians, taking on specific subject area responsibilities. Manages the Library Collections Group’s participation in LTS’s departmental liaison activities.
  • Monitors collections budgets and expenditures. Negotiates with vendors. Oversees acquisitions processes to ensure efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Interfaces regularly with the Community to support teaching and learning at the College. Staffs the service desk, offers targeted instructional support as needed, communicates regularly with faculty and students with regards to the library’s general collections, builds relationships with colleagues and constituents.  Serves as a representative to the Heads of Resource Management group in the Boston Library Consortium.
  • Oversees staff and services in the Art Library and Music Library. Ensures effective collaboration between Clapp Library and the branch libraries.
  • Works in collaboration with other LTS Assistant Directors and Managers to provide integrated services to the Community.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Art Librarian, Music Librarian, Science Librarian, Collections Management Librarian & Copyright Officer, Electronic Resources Librarian, Resource Acquisitions Specialist


Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences or equivalent.
  • 5-7 years working in an academic library.
  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience working with  collections in an academic setting.


Skills and Abilities

  • Broad understanding of the mission of higher education and the required support of library resources in the liberal arts.
  • Experience in the management of information resources in an academic library and an understanding of their importance and use in academic research and teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Knowledge of scholarly publishing practices.
  • Excellent project planning and organizational skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of specific subject disciplines, their literatures and their methods of scholarly discourse.
  • A commitment to considerations of access, equity, diversity, and inclusion as it relates to the organization and presentation library collections.




All employees hired after August 2, 2021 are required to upload proof of vaccination and booster against COVID‐19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.
Wellesley College offers a wide variety of benefits programs and resources to its employees, including: 

  • Generous paid time off
  • Following one year of employment, Wellesley College will contribute up to 10.5% towards your 403B plan for eligible employees
  • Resources to navigate student loan forgiveness
  • Free use of the athletic/fitness facilities, including onsite fitness classes
  • Free on-site parking in an enclosed parking garage




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EEO Statement

At Wellesley, we embrace and honor difference and diversity. We believe the best ideas—the best solutions—draw on a range of voices, perspectives, and experiences. As a college, and as a community, we are dedicated to assuring that all members for the Wellesley community have an equal opportunity to flourish. 


Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.