Director Library Services - Eastern Virginia Medical School - Norfolk, VA
Friday, September 11, 2020 12:00 AM

Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Closing Date: Open until filled 

Opportunity Description

The director will provide visionary leadership to the BMSL to advance an inventive and forward-looking learning environment to serve as a responsive resource for faculty, students, residents and staff. The director has administrative responsibility for coordinating the library’s programming initiatives, providing leadership to facilitate a shared vision of the library in support of the institution’s strategic initiatives. The director is also responsible for administration of the library including budget oversight and supervision of an established team of creative librarians and support staff.

Job Duties

  • Ensures library services and resources are optimal to support the educational, research, healthcare and service missions of its member institutions
  • Provides professional expertise, administrative leadership and overall direction for the library, including strategic, financial and space planning
  • Cultivates relationships with the primary communities served, as well as the larger academic community, alumni, community members, business agencies, and other academic health sciences libraries to promote responsive services and create new initiatives in support of teaching, learning, research and patient care.
  • Leads library staff in developing strategic initiatives and implementing collaborative policies and programs
  • Actively collaborates with stakeholders to identify opportunities, programs and resources to maintain state-of-the-art services to library users, identifying innovative technologies and solutions to address changing needs
  • Provides primary administrative leadership for all operational areas of the library including allocation of financial resources and personnel
  • Provides direct supervision to unit heads
  • Provides guidance and mentorship in scholarship for library staff
  • Promotes a positive work environment through transparent management practices and clear communication
  • Exemplifies openness to ideas and integrates contributions with an inclusive approach to creative problem-solving
  • Represents the library locally, regionally and nationally
  • Leads production of reports required for external accreditation



Plan and manage all financial aspects of the library


  • Maintains awareness of the institutional mission, vision, and goals.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity.
    • Ability to adapt to changing work environments, work priorities, and organizational needs with enthusiasm and energy.  Takes independent action to address and resolve problems.
    • Ability to manage time and resources to ensure assignments are completed accurately and deadlines are met. Meets attendance/punctuality requirements.
    • Displays strong communication and interpersonal skills at all times.
      • Ability to deal with others in a direct honest manner and comply with all EVMS policies, procedures, and relevant government regulations.
      • Demonstrates broad understanding of and appropriately applies sound financial management practices in carrying out assigned responsibilities.
      • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with public, partners, customers, and co-workers; while working cooperatively and effectively with others to achieve common goals.
      • Ability to expresses ideas effectively and demonstrate sound judgment with regard to decision-making.  


  • Primarily works in an indoor/office environment; subject to frequent contact with and interaction with faculty, staff and students.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Standard office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm, however work after hours will be required to meet the demands of the position during peak times.


MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent. Seven years progressive experience in a managerial or administrative role in a health sciences library in an academic environment. Extensive experience with budget development and management.

A second master’s degree in an applicable subject area is preferred.


AHIP certification or other demonstrated commitment to continuing professional development is preferred.

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