Director of the Library

Bethel University
September 21, 2023
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Director of the Library

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/9/2023 12:00 AM)



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Job Summary

To lead BU's library and archives using effective planning, implementation, and ongoing assessment of collections and services in order to enhance teaching, promote learning, support research, and otherwise serve the BU community.


  • Strategic oversight of the library, including responsibility for budget, personnel, collection, technology, space and other resources; Ongoing initiatives toward growth and improvement, keeping the library and its resources in step with external and internal trends and changes.
  • Advocacy on behalf of Bethel's library and archival resources, within the university as well as externally to the broader scholarly community
  • Supervise library personnel by means of recruitment, mentoring, encouragement, and continuous growth.
  • Participation in selective committees and collaborative initiatives.
  • Assist with library research services as needed.
  • Skills

  • Ability to represent the libraries as a positive, and competent spokesperson, to internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Capacity to envision, plan, manage, and assess strategically within the scope of his/her personal responsibilities.
  • Proven skills in managing time and operations, working simultaneously on multiple tasks through effective personal organization, appropriate attention to detail, and mission-driven prioritization.
  • Ability and desire to lead the library staff, and to foster personal and professional growth, consistent with Bethel's commitment to justice, reconciliation, and diversity.
  • Experience

    Five years of effective leadership in academic administration, including leading a team of professional librarians and managing administrative functions.


    M.LS/MLIS required, and an additional graduate degree is preferred.

    Additional Information

  • Typical administrative setting with a large amount of time spent in meetings or at a computer.
  • Some minimal travel may be required.
  • Bethel seeks to recruit, retain, develop, and support a diverse workforce who contributes to our educational and Christ-centered mission. Bethel encourages candidates to apply who can assist the University to develop a faculty that reflects the diversity of people in God's kingdom through a variety of ethnicities, cultures, and lived experiences.

    Learn more about our commitment to diversity in hiring .

    Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with approximately 6,300 students from 48 states and 32 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel offers bachelor's and advanced degrees in nearly 100 fields. Educationally excellent classroom-based and online programs equip graduates to make exceptional contributions in life-long service to God and the world.

    Bethel employs qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, familial status, and status with regard to public assistance. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

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