Director, Library – Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business is seeking an innovative and dynamic individual for the position of Director, Library. Reporting to the Associate Dean, Finance and Administration, the Director, Library develops and implements innovative library collection and service strategies to meet the teaching and research information needs of the GSB and Stanford University.  As Head of one of the nation’s leading academic business libraries, the individual in this position manages a staff who provide library services to GSB faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as the entire Stanford community and library visitors.

  • Supervise staff.
  • Formulate, develop and administer broad library policies and programs.
  • Manage library budget.
  • Carry out analytical work for significant aspects of the library’s operations.
  • Assist patrons with complex reference and research inquiries by searching electronic resources.
  • Select library materials and information resources.
  • Teach classes, lead tours and/or give demonstrations of library resources.
  • Serve as liaison to Graduate School of Business faculty.
  • Work actively with primary clientele to explore and propose collaborative projects, options for new library services, and options for better integration between Stanford Business Library and academic units.

* – Other duties may also be assigned



Education & Experience:

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline and ten years of experience in a relevant library setting, demonstrating a high level of expertise and active engagement in an area of specialization at a national level or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Recognition of substantial professional accomplishment both within and beyond Stanford is expected at this rank.
  • Ability to act as liaison between the Library and University and external partners.
  • Display an exceptionally high level of professional development and accomplishment.
  • Have advanced knowledge of business information resources.
  • Effective problem solving, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Exercise a high level of initiative, sound judgment and leadership.
  • Evidence of specialized knowledge or advanced managerial/supervisory skills is expected.
  • Experience with identifying, evaluating, recommending, and implementing new service programs, technology, or complex work flows.
  • Demonstrated success in working across organizational lines to develop initiative proposals of considerable complexity; formulate plans for implementation, working to win support and funding, and moving their ideas to implementation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in independently performing complex job functions such as collection management reviews, preparation of major exhibits, developing policies for business practices.
  • Evidence of leadership in relevant professional or academic communities and/or national or international recognition of their expertise.
  • Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.


  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,
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