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Director of Library - UM Western

The University of Montana Western
Job Location:
Dillon, 59725
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Job Description

Director of the Library

Department: Library
Position: Director
Wage: $68,000
Union Affiliation: None 
Starting Date: June 1, 2024
Benefits Include:

*          Insurance package,

*          Mandatory retirement plan,

*          Dependent partial tuition waiver,

*          Faculty/staff tuition waiver

*          Wellness program:

*          Pro-rated annual and sick leave;


The Director of the Library is responsible for the operation and supervision of the University of Montana Western (UMW) Library. The Director of the Library reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The administrative duties include overseeing acquisitions, supervising of staff, guiding development of the strategic plan, implementing assessment initiatives, and participating as a General Council member of TRAILS. TRAILS is a Montana University System (MUS) library consortium and is currently leading MUS system-wide initiatives. The Director of the Library ensures that UMW has a voice in significant system-wide decisions that impact our institution, such as the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER), purchase of library resources, resource-sharing initiatives, and continuing education opportunities for library staff, faculty, and administration. The Director of the Library is an energetic, organized, and dedicated individual who leads progressive strategic thinking and planning to advance the work of the University of Montana Western library.


    *           Plan and develop library resources, services, and programs that support the UMW’s strategic plan and appropriately address the needs of the University and the community.
    *           Develop, implement, and routinely evaluate the library strategic plan.
    *           Administer the annual library budget and manage library personnel.
    *           Participate in the statewide library community, including active involvement in the Montana Library Association and/or other professional organizations.
    *           Participate in the Treasure State Academic Information & Library Services (TRAILS), the state of Montana academic library consortium.
    *           Select all print acquisitions in collaboration with faculty and staff.
    *           Manage UMW electronic resources.
    *           Contribute to university-wide committees and special events.
    *           Engage in professional development.
    *           Demonstrate the potential to develop a record of scholarly research and engagement in the library profession.
    *           Other duties as assigned.


    *           A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from an American Library Association accredited institution, or two years of previous experience as an Academic Library Administrator.
    *           Experience working within the framework of a library consortium to meet the needs of an individual library.
    *           Evidence of prior substantial contributions to both an individual library and to a greater library community.
    *           Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    *           Commitment and demonstrated ability to engage in positive, respectful, and collaborative working relationships with diverse students and colleagues.


    *           Experience working with library services platforms.
    *           Demonstrated leadership in local, state, and national library advocacy efforts.
    *           Demonstrated history of collaboration with libraries outside of higher education such as public libraries, school libraries and special libraries such as state libraries, law libraries, and hospital libraries.
    *           Certification in Library Administration by the Montana State Library.
    *           Active involvement in professional library associations.

The University and Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 70 full-time faculty and over 1,200 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UMW may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UMW, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


Review of applications will begin immediately, but will remain open until the position is filled.

A complete application Includes:

1.       Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.

2.       Curriculum Vitae/Detailed Resume

3.       Official or Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required at time of hire)

4.       Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

*Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

**Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application.  Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above. 

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