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Director for Library Finance and Administration-Cornell University Library

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
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Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The Cornell University Library is seeking a Director for Library Finance and Administration.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Director is the chief financial and administrative officer for the Cornell University library (CUL) system which is comprised of 16 physical and virtual Ithaca campus based libraries. 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. The Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 24,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. In this role, you will:

  • Have responsibility for the operating and capital budget, financial, human resource and facilities operations of the library system which has an annual budget of $58 million and 362 academic and non-academic employees;

  • Oversee a staff of sixteen including three direct reports;

  • Be a member of the library's executive group. You will be involved with the strategic planning, priority setting and resource allocation for the system. The Director collaborates closely with the individual Associate University Librarians, college business officers and represents the library on all financial and administrative matters with the university administrative offices.

We believe the following qualifications and competencies are essential to this position, but we're open to hearing about transferable skills you believe would help you be successful if you don't have direct experience in some of these areas:

  • With a strong emphasis on capital budgeting and facilities operations, planning and construction, you will need a solid background in finance and operations. Cornell is one of the few private land grant universities in the United States, and within Cornell, CUL is classified as a blended unit, which has responsibility for both Endowed and Contract College budgets. Excellent analytical and organizational skills and proficiency with standard desktop tools and business applications will be important.

  • You have demonstrated the ability to lead, manage and affect change as well as the ability to work collaboratively. You will need strong and effective interpersonal skills as well as exceptional oral and written communication skills. Leading others well can sometimes get complicated, so we'd love to know more about how you approach decision making, how you build trust and how you communicate change.

  • You embrace diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging and have proven your ability to both increase your own understanding and to positively influence others.

  • You will directly oversee Library Human Resources, the Library Finance & Budget Office and our Library Facilities department. You are someone who excels in leading teams and/or supervising others.

  • Sound judgment in handling confidential matters will be crucial.

  • A Master's degree and 7 to 10 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Successful experience of increasing responsibilities in a higher education/university setting is strongly preferred.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 13 paid holidays, a generous vacation policy, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, professional development opportunities, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. More information regarding Cornell's excellent benefits can be found at . The salary range for this position is $180,000-$205,000.

Relocation assistance may be provided.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply: Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site and we ask that you include the following information in your application:

1. A cover letter

2. A Curriculum Vitae

3. A Statement of "Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion," which may be incorporated into the cover letter OR presented as a separate statement. Candidates are invited to describe past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity.

4. The names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references.

Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to July 28, 2021 is strongly encouraged. Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats.

Environment: 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 cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage 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.

University Job Title:

Administrator VII - LIB



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Bonnie Bailey

Number of Openings:


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