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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. This position will be open until filled, however for best consideration, please apply by September 8, 2021. 

Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Flint seeks an experiences and visionary leader to serve as Director of its Frances Willson Thompson Library. Reporting to the Provost, the Director will be a principal member of the Provost's leadership team, setting the strategic direction for 21st century library services and support for student learning and faculty teaching and scholarship to our campus community and beyond. This exceptional leader must embrace the University of Michigan-Flint's vision: "Engaging minds, preparing leaders through academic excellence, student centeredness and engaged citizenship" in every aspect of their leadership and actions.

The University of Michigan-Flint celebrates its 65th anniversary in September 2021, and was the first University of Michigan campus to be located outside of Ann Arbor. With six colleges and schools, including the new College of Innovation & Technology that launches this fall, UM-Flint proudly serves over 6,800 students, offering nearly 200 areas of study, and 74 graduate programs including 19 doctoral and Ph.D. programs. The University has a diverse array of challenging academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, education, health care, and business. The academic campus community is comprised of over 500 faculty and over 400 staff members.

The Director will be responsible for transforming UM-Flint's library into a state-of-the-art technology driven center with expands beyond the traditional in its delivery of services. In addition, the director must be a collaborator who engages others and seeks to fully understand the needs of our students, faculty and community. The Director must be willing to build and sustain relationships, and seek funding through creative and innovative ways.

As the leader of the Library, the Director will be responsible for supervising and leading the Library's staff and responsible for the full range of collections, services and facilities of the Library. For more information about the Library, please go to


Some specific responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead the development and implementation of a shared vision for the Library that embraces technology and state of the art library concepts.
  • Sustain and build strong relationships across disciplines, departments and University of Michigan campuses to develop partnerships, share resources and collaborate on projects.
  • Facilitate the creation of innovative programs and flexible environments.
  • Provide effective and collaborative oversight of the Library's budget, space and staff.
  • Represent the Library on campus university governance committees and relevant groups.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate library policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to a culture of high performance by modeling and promoting effective collaboration among team members, creating a trusting environment, and supporting appropriate staff development opportunities.
  • Use data, reports, metrics and other tools to inform priorities, track progress, adjust strategies, and measure outcomes.
  • Establish and maintain excellent communication with university leadership, faculty, students and alumni to create a well-rounded understanding of programs and resources that can be leveraged to help achieve the Library's goals and objectives.
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Provost.
  • Foster an environment within the Library that supports creativity, innovation, diversity, equity and inclusion, and productivity that reflects the University of Michigan's tradition of excellence in a regional campus.
  • Foster a strong commitment to academic and intellectual freedom.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in Library, Information Science or relevant field from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Demonstrated record of successful academic library supervisor/leadership experience of 5 years or more.
  • Work experience leading technology or academic collaborations.
  • Experience in budget and personnel management, and demonstrated knowledge of electronic information resources and the application of emerging technologies in academic library environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and community members.
  • Proven keen analytical skills and a commitment to collaborative decision-making.
  • Demonstrated managerial leadership in recruiting, supervising, and developing a high functioning and collaborative work team.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate strategic plans, implement programs, and evaluate the success of these initiatives.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills demonstrating personal integrity, creativity, flexibility, and accountability.
  • Sound judgement, ability to use discretion and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Proven ability to work in and display appreciation for interdisciplinary and diverse environments.
  • Demonstrated strong Planning and Project management skills.
  • Experience mentoring staff and fostering professional development.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with grant-writing and library development/fundraising.

Additional Information

Salary will be competitive and based on relevant experience and expertise to the job duties of the posting.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.