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Head Librarian, Office of the Provost

Position Description:

The Head Librarian leads the Vanguard University library in fulfilling its mission, vision, goals and outcomes for providing information, study and research needs of each university constituent. The Head Librarian will articulate the strategic vision for the library and serve as an advocate for the Library within the University and the larger community. The Head Librarian will supervise a team of faculty librarians and library staff in their responsibility to provide instruction, reference and library services to the Vanguard community. The Head Librarian will provide leadership for information literacy programs and collaborate with departments to advance Education Technology in conjunction with library resources. The Head Librarian reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a 12-month faculty tenure track position at the Associate Professor or Professor rank to begin August 1, 2015.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide oversight and support to all areas of the library (staffing, acquisitions, budget supervision, periodicals, cataloging, webpage, databases, archives, systems, instruction, digital initiatives and library technologies, reference, outreach, and collection development).
  • Inspire, lead and foster professional growth and development for the library faculty and staff to ensure continual implementation of effective library services and best practices.
  • Create an environment that facilitates all scholarly activities including teaching, learning, research and project preparation.
  • Communicate internally and externally regarding Vanguard University Library events and activities that advances scholarly presentations, resources and materials.
  • Develop strong relationships with the Deans, Department Chairs and other units along with students, staff and community constituents to advocate for library programs and build collaborative relationship.
  • Enforce policies and regulations adopted by the Board of Trustees, the offices of the President and Provost, Faculty Senate and the Vanguard University Faculty Librarians and Library staff.
  • Collaborate with the Faculty Librarians and Library staff to ensure adequate hours and service for effective operations.
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to advance the mission and vision of the library in alignment with the vision of Vanguard University to communicate to internal and external constituents.
  • Provide excellent undergraduate and graduate-level collections which represent diverse points of view and support to current and future educational programs.
  • Define, develop and measure outcomes through the Vanguard assessment process for the library that contribute to educational effectiveness and apply findings for purposes of continuous improvement and budget planning and allocation.
  • Provide leadership development and training.
  • Lead library information literacy assessment for WSCUC, internal constituents, and other classes as needed.
  • Serve on the Provost’s Council and other university and faculty committees as well as external library organizations and consortia.
  • As primary budget unit manager, compose departmental mini-plan and requests for annual budget.
  • Lead the library in its identification and implementation of library technologies to further student library services.
  • Head search committees for new library faculty and staff.
  • Conduct yearly staff evaluations and faculty librarian post-tenure reviews as needed.
  • Undertake and complete a comprehensive library program review.
  • Provide constructive conflict resolution and collaborative problem solving.
  • Update library policies and procedural manual and ensure consistent application and enforcement.
  • Compile instruction statistics, write grant proposals, support the accreditation of new and existing programs, and complete federal reports as needed.
  • Carry an evening shift and occasional weekend work as necessary.
  • Provide reference support.
  • Actively participate and contribute to the development of the new library in regards to physical space, collections, staffing, services, technology, and impacts.
  • Participate in the university visioning process and implement steps toward that vision.
  • Support the overall mission of the university and of the library.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or MLIS or MLS from an ALA accredited university required.
  • Extensive experience in an academic library (preferably 5-10 years), and a history of increased responsibilities.
  • Proven expertise with creating, teaching, and evaluating library instruction classes.
  • Proven ability in providing reference and research services.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic team-based environment with multiple interruptions.
  • Ability to lead by example in administration, instruction, and reference.
  • An aptitude for servant-leadership and student orientation.
  • Excellent communication, supervisory, and budget management skills.
  • Experience in and knowledge of several areas of academic librarianship.
  • Membership in ALA and CARL.
  • Understanding of and comfort with library technologies and the ability to implement and assess those technologies.
  • Desire to lead library in meeting its strategic goals and the ability to translate vision into practical reality.
  • Possession of a vibrant Christian faith and commitment to the integration of faith and learning.
  • Understanding and acceptance of Vanguard’s unique faith distinctive.

Active participation in American Library Associations and round tables below[1]:

  1. 1. ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)
  2. CCCU Library Directors (a division of Council for Christian Colleges and Universities)
  3. LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association)
  4. LITA (Library and Information Technology Association)
  5. RUSA (Reference and User Servicies Association)
  6. LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table)
  7. LEARNRT (Learning Round Table)
  8. IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Round Table)
  9. LINK+ (Resources Sharing consortium through Millennium integrated library system from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.)
  10. SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium)
  11. CAMINO (SCELC and WorldCat resource sharing consortium)


Full-time position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and includes a generous benefits package. Final job offers are contingent upon Board approval of the 2015/16 budget.


Application Procedure:

Applicant should submit a completed VUSC Application for Faculty Employment and current resume. The application form can be downloaded from the web at All applications/resumes/materials must be submitted electronically via e-mail to: . We are located at: Vanguard University of Southern California, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Applications will be received until position is filled or until a sufficient number of applications are received.


 VANGUARD UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA is a private, co-educational, comprehensive University of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its evangelical Christian community in the Pentecostal tradition offers a unique opportunity for academic achievement. Vanguard University embodies a Christ-centered, multicultural community serving approximately 2,200 students. Vanguard values and encourages qualified applicants who are diverse in gender, generation, ethnicity, race and/or ability, and seeks faculty that will mentor students and interact with the Vanguard community in a way that reflects a commitment to cultural proficiency. Where permitted by law and in relation to the school’s heritage and mission, Vanguard does exercise religious preference throughout the University.

 [1] The listed organizations and round table are suggested organizations from collegial librarians from other CCCU institutions.



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Head Librarian, Office of the Provost

Date Posted:  03/26/2015
Experience Level:  Experienced
Career Group:  Education
Cause Type:  Education
Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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