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The Eccles Library is searching for a Deputy Director


General Description

The faculty and staff of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah invite applications and nominations for a Deputy Director faculty position. Applications are encouraged from energetic, creative and service-oriented individuals interested in collaboration, teamwork and innovation. This position is a tenure-track faculty appointment, reporting to the Director. The Library is particularly interested in a librarian with strengths in personnel management, operations, communication, and project leadership.

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library ( serves University of Utah Health Care, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University Hospitals and Clinics. The Library also serves as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the NLM National Training Center. It is a member of the Utah Health Sciences Library Consortium, the Utah Academic Library Council, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.

The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery.

Position Summary

The Deputy Director oversees the daily operations of the Eccles Library and serves as the top-level administrator under the Library Director. Duties include managing personnel activities, facilities, and financial billing. The Deputy Director leads the Library’s Leadership Team in planning, policy and procedure development, and assessment. The person in this position is responsible for overseeing the research, education, public services, and technology initiatives and implements and evaluates short-term and long-range projects in accordance with the strategic directions of the Library. The Deputy Director will ensure communication of initiatives, services and opportunities to staff and stakeholders.

The Deputy Director assists the Director in identifying new opportunities for innovative library and librarian roles, strengthening library partnerships, and preparing the annual budget.

The Deputy Director participates on and represents the library on appropriate University, local, regional and national committees.

This position requires that the individual have a graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school, and five years of increasing level of responsibility and leadership within academic libraries, preferably health sciences libraries. The Deputy Director must have excellent leadership, management, and communication skills and the ability to interact successfully and enthusiastically with faculty, staff, students and colleagues. An essential skill for the successful candidate is the ability to initiate and implement complex projects and innovative services in a fast-paced environment. The Deputy Director must have a record of professional leadership, awareness of current trends in higher education and health care, and achievement in user engagement. As the Leadership Team leader, this individual should be able to guide strategic planning, procedure and policy development, and engender a spirit of collegiality, adaptability, and teamwork.

Reporting Relationship

The Deputy Director reports to the Library Director.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is based on experience, starting at $80,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, tenure track faculty position. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook. See for a full list of benefits.


The University of Utah uses an online application system. Applications for this position will be accepted beginning July 29, 2013. Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above, and how you would contribute to the advancement of the Library; a curriculum vitae; include names and contact information for three references.

Application Instructions

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is

Review of applications

Applicant review will begin August 29, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

If you have any questions about this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Catherine Soehner, Associate Dean for Research & Learning Services
J Willard Marriott Library
295 S 1500 E, Room 5010
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5890

Our Environment

The University of Utah is located in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, east of Salt Lake City. Opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, world class skiing and snowboarding are abundant. Cultural venues include the Salt Lake Symphony, Ballet West, Sundance Film Festival, theaters and more.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information:

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and Respect. The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.


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