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Director of the Library and Assistant/Associate Professor

Department: Academic and Student Affairs
Position: Full-time (12-month), tenure-track position with full benefits package
Salary: Assistant Professor approximately $62,000; Associate Professor approximately $66,000 depending on experience
Union Affiliation: MFPE
Posting Date:  February 2019
Start Date: July 1, 2019


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 and Student Affairs. The administrative duties include overseeing acquisitions, supervising of staff, guiding development of the strategic plan, implement assessment initiatives, managing the academic K-12 Library Endorsement program, 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.
  • Administer the Library Media K-12 program.
  • 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.
  • Serve as chair of the Library Committee and as a member of the Provost Leadership Team.
  • Engage in professional development.
  • Demonstrate the potential to develop a record of scholarly research and engagement in the library profession.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from an American Library Association accredited institution.
  • A minimum of two years of previous experience as an Academic Library Administrator.
  • Previous experience teaching university courses.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an institution that offers experiential learning in a block schedule delivery model – one course at a time.
  • Experience working with the ALMA library services platform and the Primo discovery system.
  • Certified Systems Administrator for the ALMA library services platform.
  • Experience managing an academic program.
  • 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.


Application materials should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, copies of all graduate or professional level transcripts, and names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Application materials should be sent to:

Patti Lake
Payroll & Benefits Supervisor
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic Street
Dillon, MT 59725

For questions, call (406) 683-7360. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

 The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 60 full-time faculty and 1,500 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. The Chronicle of Higher Education and U.S. News and World Report have recently recognized Montana Western for educational excellence and our faculty have been awarded numerous Carnegie/CASE Professor of the Year awards, including the first U.S. Professor of the Year awarded to a Montana professor.

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. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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