Library Director

Library Director Position Description

The Iliff School of Theology invites applications for the position of Library Director at Ira J. Taylor Library, ideally to begin January 1, 2015 and not later than the summer of 2015. We seek a candidate with knowledge of library technology and strong managerial and leadership skills who will reimagine our library. The primary areas of responsibility for the position include:

1) Visionary Leadership and Strategic Planning

The Library Director will have a vision for the Taylor Library that both extends beyond the immediate academic and budgetary needs of the School and is integrated into Iliff’s long-range plan. The Director will develop this vision in consultation with library staff and other appropriate members of the Iliff community.

2) Technology

The Iliff School of Theology actively is engaged in using technology in all areas of its curriculum, teaching, and research. The Library Director must be familiar and comfortable with a wide range of library and education technologies. This includes familiarity with library systems and software; a working knowledge of educational technology as it relates to the role of the library in theological education; leadership in identifying, evaluating, selecting, and implementing innovative information technologies for the library; and working with Iliff’s information technology staff to coordinate the library and its resources more fully with the School’s online learning efforts.

3) Management (Personnel, Budget, Operations, Leadership Style)


The Library Director is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to staff; determining appropriate staffing needs; hiring, supervising, annually evaluating, and providing appropriate feedback to staff; and supporting the professional development of staff.


Budgetary responsibilities include identifying fiscal needs in consultation with library staff; formulating and managing the budget; representing library needs to the administration during annual institutional budgetary planning; and working with Institutional Advancement to identify and cultivate outside sources of income.

Library Operations

The Director’s responsibilities include management of library facilities; planning for current and future space use; project management; on-going assessment of library services and programs; and compiling statistics and other information for reporting purposes.

Leadership Style

The Library Director should have a collaborative management style and an understanding and appreciation for the School’s shared governance among its various constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, staff, faculty, and students. To this end Iliff seeks applicants with demonstrated evidence of effective communication, management, and interpersonal skills and a collegial approach to managing library operations.

4) Collection Development

Central to the Library Director’s responsibilities is overseeing the acquisition of materials for the Taylor Library collection. The Director is to articulate and implement a vision for collection development in support of the School’s academic needs; work with faculty to ensure library acquisitions support faculty research and teaching; work competently with specialized disciplines and foreign language materials; integrate electronic resources into the collection; select vendors, negotiate contracts, and establish ordering and approval procedures and policies; and periodically review and assess the collection.

5) Outreach

In addition to service directly to Iliff and Taylor Library, the Library Director needs to understand and support the information needs of the Rocky Mountain region. This includes cultivating the Library’s important relationships with the University of Denver’s Anderson Academic Commons and other appropriate regional institutions.

All applicants for this position are required to hold an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent. Preference will be given to candidates who hold theological degrees and have significant experience with theological education. The Library Director will report to the Academic Vice President/Dean of the Faculty and be a member of the Iliff faculty, with primary responsibilities to the library. Salary and benefits are competitive.

The Iliff School of Theology is a United Methodist-related graduate theological school with an ecumenical and interfaith spirit offering the following degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Social Change, Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care. In addition we offer a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies with the University of Denver. Iliff is an equal opportunity employer and strives to include diversity in its faculty and teaching, including racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural diversity, and is committed to becoming a more globally conscious and globally connected community.

The Ira J. Taylor Library contains the largest theological collection in the Rocky Mountain area with approximately 205,800 volumes, 900 current periodical and serial subscriptions as well as many electronic databases. We also house the archives of the Iliff School of Theology and of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. The staff consists of three full-time, and three part-time employees. The Library has an annual budget of approximately $500,000.

Applications are to include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references. For fullest consideration, applications are to be received no later than Monday, September 15. Please send materials electronically to the search committee chair, Dr. Jeffrey Mahan, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Iliff School of Theology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It actively seeks and encourages nominations and expressions of interest from members of underrepresented populations.