Director, Business, Engineering and Entrepreneurship

at Cornell University (view profile)
Location Ithaca, New York
Date Posted November 27, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Cornell University Library seeks a dynamic, innovative and collaborative individual for the newly created academic librarian position of Director, Business, Engineering and Entrepreneurship.

In a work environment where cross-unit collaboration is expected, the Director will be an imaginative forward-thinker who recognizes the exciting potential of the new configuration of the Management Library serving the Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Nestlé Library serving the School of Hotel Administration, the Engineering Library serving the College of Engineering, and services for Cornell in NYC.

The successful candidate will build on their unique skills and experience to direct the provision of library services to Cornell’s business and engineering students, including those studying on the Ithaca campus, at the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, and in numerous programs in New York City and abroad as well as supporting Cornell’s vibrant entrepreneurship programs.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, the Director leads a collaborative team of 8.8 FTE in envisioning, marketing and delivering customized and creative business and engineering information services, resources and learning experiences. The incumbent works with the administrations of the S.C. Johnson College of Business, Engineering, and Cornell Tech to align library services and collections to their programs and curricula. The Director oversees day-to-day work at the Management Library, the Nestlé Library, and the Engineering Library. The incumbent coordinates library support to Entrepreneurship at Cornell and other entrepreneurship programs in the business and engineering programs.

The incumbent serves on CUL’s Library Directors Leadership Team, representing their unit and participating in strategic planning and decision-making. The Director also serves as Cornell’s representative for the Association of Business Library Directors (ABLD).

The successful candidate will possess a strong commitment to a user-centered service model aligned with the distinctive needs of Business, Hotel and Engineering faculty, staff and students, supporting diversity, inclusion and accessibility, and employing evidence-based methods to set strategy and ensure alignment with library, school and university goals. 

Required Qualifications:

  • MLS/MLIS (or equivalent degree) from an ALA-accredited library/information science graduate program.
  • 5 or more years of experience in an academic library setting.
  • Knowledge of best practices and opportunities in academic business and engineering libraries, professional business schools and entrepreneurship in research universities.
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships and collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, students and administrators.
  • Proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple simultaneous demands, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to think creatively, strategically, and to communicate that vision.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, collaboration, organizational, and presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA or related advanced degree (including but not limited to management, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and entrepreneurship) or MSE or MEng.
  • Successful managerial experience in an academic or research library.
  • Proven track record of leading staff through organizational and/or operational transition.

Unfortunately, visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Benefits:  Our comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 12 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link. The incoming academic rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. The anticipated salary range is $95,000 to $110,000.

Environment: The S. C. Johnson College of Business and the College of Engineering are two of Cornell’s largest colleges and schools with a number of highly ranked undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Cornell Tech integrates technology, business, law, and design in a beautiful Manhattan campus. Entrepreneurship at Cornell is a university-wide initiative designed to aid in the development of the entrepreneurial spirit in students by providing dedicated expertise and facilities. Governed by the Deans of all twelve participating Cornell schools and colleges, Entrepreneurship at Cornell is supported by a committed Advisory Council of over 100 members. These academic units work closely together on numerous programs and initiatives and we are excited to unite the provision of services to them under one unit and director. 

One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of more than 400, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.

The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply via the Cornell University Careers site at: . Please include one document that contains a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references (pdf preferred). Cornell encourages all candidates for leadership positions to supply written statements demonstrating their commitment to diversity and inclusion as part of their application. Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue until the position is filled. Early submission is encouraged. 


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