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Dean of the Library, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA



The Dean is responsible for the Library’s planning and implementation process in concert with the University’s strategic plan. The Dean manages a full range of day-to-day operational functions and services of all departments within the Library. This includes developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure effective operations; ensuring compliance with contractual agreements; reviewing, approving, and monitoring expenditures and recommended budgets; providing leadership and managing the personnel activities of librarians and Library staff, including hiring, training, and evaluating the work of librarians and staff in accordance with contractual agreements; and preparing and initiating new programs for the benefit of students and faculty. The Dean is responsible for matters relating to the acquisition, organization and maintenance of Library resources both for instruction and research purposes and for general information to the academic community through materials in a variety of formats. The Dean is accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions in areas of responsibility.


Supervises full and part-time Librarians and Library staff.


Direct report of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


  • Establishes Library goals and objectives to meet the academic and related needs of the departments and, in collaboration with faculty and administrators, develops policies, sets priorities, and evaluates and adjusts library functions and services to meet the needs of the campus community, with a strong focus on antiracism, equity, and inclusivity.
  • Establishes standards in the internal operation of each Library department and conducts long-range planning activities and programs that support public services, promote and preserve the Library’s main and historic collections, and encourage user relations that are responsive to and dynamically support a shared vision with the mission of the University.
  • Collaborates with deans, chairs, and faculty to actively promote and forward the Library’s role in integrating information literacy and digital fluency skills into the curriculum and advocates for the use of emerging technologies to meet the current and future demands of Library services.
  • Assesses services, virtual and physical, oversees the Library’s support of online education, conducts studies and responds to findings, and initiates new programs to improve services and collections that includes digitization and improving access to electronic research materials.
  • Supervises and oversees the professional development of all personnel and performs all personnel actions that include conducting formal evaluations for reappointment, promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review in accordance with contractual agreements.
  • Prepares budget materials, approves and administers Library funds, and reports on expenditures made by the department.
  • Serves as the Library’s voting representative, determining its policies as a member of various networks, consortia, and other cooperating library organizations (e.g., Lyrasis, Minuteman Library Network, and the Massachusetts Commonwealth Consortium of Libraries of Public Higher Education Institutions, Inc.).
  • Prepares detailed reports that may be required by the University administration and/or by external agencies.
  • Serves on special and/or standing committees, governance bodies, or councils of the University, upon the call of the President.



  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
  • A second subject Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Five years of management experience that includes the supervision of a diverse staff. 
  • Thorough knowledge of higher education principles, practices, and procedures, the application of information technologies, and considerable knowledge of trends in higher education and their impact on library services.
  • Thorough knowledge of current library practices, procedures, and trends in institutions of higher education and a strong commitment to student-centered library services.
  • Extensive administrative and supervisory ability in library operations, demonstrated ability to lead a team, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to supervise the work of professional, paraprofessional, clerical, and student support staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a collegial and collaborative framework and to foster this ability in staff.
  • Professional competence as evidenced by professional growth and development activities, the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and the ability to set priorities and organize tasks.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrable experience in all facets of the position described in the Duties and Responsibilities of the Job Description.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, non-unit position. The annual salary range is $107,000-122,000.

It is the policy of Framingham State University that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by FSU, to be verified after a verbal offer of employment has been accepted, and before employment begins. Prospective employees may submit a request for a medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to Human Resources. Furthermore, FSU employees must wear a mask inside campus buildings.

Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final employment for all positions.

Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Candidates must apply online by submitting:

  • Cover Letter,
  • Resume/CV,
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

 *The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university’s efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate application materials.

For full consideration, the date for application materials to be received by has been extended to November 14, 2021.

Framingham State University only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you experience technical issues with the online application process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.

Framingham State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at 508-626-4530 or [email protected].