Librarian – Director for Organizational Excellence

at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries (view profile)
Published November 30, 2022
Location Arlington, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program or a related graduate degree
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $85,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $90,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Job Summary:

The Director for Organizational Excellence provides leadership for recruitment, retention, and robust professional development opportunities, while providing services that create an excellent work environment for library staff. The director is a member of the executive leadership team, providing ongoing counsel to library leadership related to organizational development and effectiveness. Provides vision, oversight and assessment for an innovative leadership development and organizational excellence program for UTA Libraries staff. Advances communication within University Libraries.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates library recruitment and retention activities in collaboration with UTA Human Resources partners and library stakeholders.
  • Promotes strong DEI practices within recruitment, retention, compensation, classification, and advancement. Fosters a culture of belonging and participatory leadership.
  • Advises library leaders and advances strategies for building and sustaining an excellent organizational climate for library colleagues.
  • Researches, evaluates, and interprets trends and emerging HR issues within libraries, and develops strategic recommendations in response.
  • Remains knowledgeable of current federal, state, local, and university laws and policies impacting library staff.
  • Provides oversight for the onboarding and ongoing professional development processes for UTA Libraries.
  • Develops and enacts strategies to ensure strong, diverse talent pipelines.
  • Creates and oversees a leadership development program for full-time staff and student employees in University Libraries to maximize employee engagement and team effectiveness.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to advance effective communication within UTA Libraries.
  • Develops and supports programs that promote organizational morale and nurtures a culture of collaboration, service, and innovation within the Libraries.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program or a related graduate degree.
  • At least five (5) years of experience in a leadership role in higher education or libraries.
  • At least three (3) experience supervising full-time staff.
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving and planning skills.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least five (5) years of experience in a leadership role in an academic library
  • Three (3) years’ experience as a department head or higher
  • Demonstrated knowledge of recruitment, retention, and staff development issues and trends in academic libraries
  • Experience with PeopleAdmin and UT Share
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational communication
  • Knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management
  • Professional experience in a university environment


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to lead, cultivate, and empower staff
  • Knowledge of HR principles and policies
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Be an advocate and ally for equity, diversity, justice and inclusion
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including excellent interpersonal skills as well as verbal and written skills
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to transfer and apply knowledge and experience to new situations
  • Ability to follow through on projects
  • Ability to analyze situations and make sound decisions
  • Collaboration and coordination skills
  • Computer literate and technologically adept
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, specifically Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Proficiency in Windows Operating System and file management
  • Ability to excel in a “perpetual beta” environment, with frequent change and intelligent risk-taking


Working Conditions

This position will include non-traditional work hours such as nights, weekends, and holidays depending on the needs of the university community. Some positions will have permanent overnight shifts. Flexibility is required to ensure the department is appropriately staffed in order to satisfy all service needs. Professional development, conferences, and training may require travel and/or overnight accommodations. Exposure to standard office conditions. Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation. Manual dexterity. Light lifting and moving. The library has various locations across campus. This is a non-tenure track position.



Our future colleague will also have an affinity for our Guiding Principles. These principles define HOW we do our work. These are our Guiding Principles exemplified through how we treat our colleagues:

We Care. We care about you, your success, your growth, your passions and all that you bring to the table.

We Empower. We empower our staff to be creative, think outside the box, work autonomously, and provide resources necessary for success.

We Take Ownership. We take ownership of our organizational culture and YOU take ownership of how our culture is shaped.

We Are Extraordinary. We are extraordinary because we attract and hire extraordinarily talented individuals like you!


APPLY NOW – We can’t wait to welcome you to our team.

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EEO Statement

UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.