Director, Library Services, Concordia University, Irvine, CA

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Office Profile:

The Concordia University Library supports the instructional mission of the University by providing quality resources and services necessary for research, intellectual advancement, and lifelong learning. The library also strives to provide a quiet and studious atmosphere for study and learning.


The Library Director is responsible for the overall administration of the Library, including the staff, the annual budget, and the selection and maintenance of the Library collections, both print and electronic. This position articulates the vision of the library based on the University’s mission and on the academic needs of the students, faculty, and all other Concordia constituencies.


  • Recommended and approved by the Senior Vice President/Provost

Staff Relationships:

  • Report to Provost for supervision
  • Interact and function cooperatively with other campus person

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include the Following:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to accomplish each of the below duties satisfactorily:

  1. Provide vision and leadership for the library.
  2. Develop and implement strategic goals for the library that support the mission of the University.
  3. Oversee the daily administration and operation of the library.
  4. Manage and assist local and remote students, faculty, and staff in the use of library resources and services.
  5. Coordinate effectively with staff, academic departments, and university administrators for ongoing improvement of the library.
  6. Develop, interpret, and enforce library policies and procedures.
  7. Evaluate and integrate emerging trends in library technology to enhance library operation and services.
  8. Administer the library management system and all other related software programs essential to the operation of various library programs and services.
  9. Supervise the selection, acquisition, cataloging, and weeding of library materials.
  10. Collaborate with faculty in the selection of appropriate print and electronic resources for various academic programs.
  11. Hire, train, and supervise all library employees, interns, and volunteers. Oversee the supervision of student workers.
  12. Prepare and monitor the execution of the annual budget.
  13. Oversee library building maintenance and repairs, and make recommendations for facilities improvements, including library furnishings and utilization of space.
  14. Supervise the production of online resources and the delivery of face-to-face and online instruction for using the library’s resources.
  15. Collect and maintain statistics in library usage, circulation, acquisition, patron services, and all other vital data pertaining to program evaluation and assessment.
  16. Supervise the collection and organization of archival materials.
  17. Monitor patron activity in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to research and study.
  18. Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

Supervisory Reponsibilities:

Supervise all library employees, interns, and volunteers. Oversee the supervision of student workers.

Education and Experience:

This position requires at least a master’s degree in library science–such as an MLIS, MLS, or MSLS–and five or more years of related experience. Experience working at a Christian liberal arts-based university is a plus.

Qualification Requirements:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  2. Ability to set priorities and work under pressure.
  3. Demonstrated experience with budgeting, financial management, and resource allocation.
  4. Promote a positive relationship between the library and its constituency.
  5. Ability to evaluate and integrate emerging technologies into the services and administrative operation of the library.
  6. Ability to foster a collaborative work environment and provide everyone with opportunities to offer their opinions and pursue their goals.
  7. Working knowledge of the OCLC WorldShare Management Services is desired.
  8. Knowledge of Lutheran theology is desired.
  9. Adapt to people with various personality and/or cultural differences.

Language Skills:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as university policies, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write complex reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of employees and patrons.

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ration and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

Other Skills and Abilities:

Attitude and Demeanor:

  • Exemplify Christian Philosophy of the Concordia University mission statement in all aspects of day-to-day duties and responsibilities assigned to this position.
  • Communicate warmth, understanding and helpfulness when interacting with students, staff, faculty and the general public.
  • Awareness that behavior and dress should be appropriate for the environment of a Christian university.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with all who come into contact with this department.
  • Exhibit a cheerful, positive, loyal, team-member attitude toward the purposes, programs, policies and goals of Concordia University.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality on matters pertaining to the Human Resources Office and the campus as a whole.
  • Respect lines of communication.
  • Constantly strive improve performance.


Employees are responsible for complete cooperation with all aspects of the safety and health program, including compliance with all rules and regulations, and for continuously practicing safety while performing their duties.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Repetitive motions sitting at a keyboard.
  • May require rising and sitting repeatedly.
  • Ability to lift, pull, grasp, stoop and reach to utilize 5-drawer file cabinets.
  • May require climbing stairs and walking indoors or outdoors to various offices on campus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low.