Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development - Yeshiva University - New York, NY

  • 3 Mar 2023 8:47 AM
    Message # 13118160

    Job No: 496716
    Work Type: Staff Full-time
    Department: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
    Location: Brookdale Center, 55 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
    Categories: Legal, Library

    Position Summary:

    The Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development provides leadership in all aspects of library acquisitions and collection development and management, including strategic planning, budget, and policies. The position works closely with the Director of the Law Library and Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian while managing a small team of librarians and library assistants.

    Position Responsibilities:

    This position supervises a team of library staff members including librarians and library assistants. Maintains the library's acquisition budget in coordination with the Director of the Law Library. Works closely with the Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian to provide relevant data analysis for the library's collections. Entrusted to make suggestions about the collection including the selection and deselection of materials, print, and electronic.

    • Coordinates acquisitions of print and electronic resources, including supervision of staff who place orders, pay invoices, and receive shipments.
    • Oversees processing of new materials and ensures invoices are paid in a timely manner.
    • Serves as primary contact for vendors, including research of new vendors and vendor negotiations.
    • Manages the acquisitions budget in coordination with the Director of the Law Library and produces financial reports to track monies allocated, encumbered, and expended.
    • Maintains a collection that serves the needs of the Cardozo Law School community through maintenance, selection, and deselection of print and electronic resources.
    • Chairs the library's Collections Committee comprised of the librarians and library assistants that work closely with the collection.
    • Creates and maintains policies, including the collection development policy, and efficient workflows ensuring effective acquisition, cataloging, and processing of library materials.
    • Cultivates a culture of assessment to inform new purchases, renewals, and retention decisions.
    • Maintains an awareness of the trends and issues affecting acquisitions and collection management and development.
    • Supervises library staff including hiring, assigning work, and mentoring.
    • Staffs the circulation and reference desks as needed.
    • Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of the Law Library.

    Experience & Educational Background:

    • Required qualifications:
      • Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution or foreign equivalent.
      • Budget and billing experience.
      • Project management experience.
    • Preferred qualifications:
      • 1 or more years of library acquisitions and collection development experience.
      • Knowledge of Sierra.
      • Experience in a law library, academic or firm.
      • Supervisory and people management experience.
      • Juris Doctor (J.D.) or foreign equivalent.

    Skills & Competencies:

    • Commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in our workplace and in the systems, services, and collections.
    • Working in a collaborative and collegial space.
    • Building and managing diverse relationships within the library and law school, and with vendors.
    • Leading teams, embracing change, and fostering innovation.
    • Developing direct reports.
    • Robust organizational abilities.
    • Effective communication skills (listening, speaking and writing).
    • Managing time across multiple projects.
    • Developing efficient work processes.
    • Being open and receptive to the evolving nature of library acquisitions and collections.
    • Planning and executing collections-focused projects.
    Application Instructions:

    Cover letter and CV required

    Salary Range:


    About Us:

    The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice. Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

    A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

    Application Instructions:
    To apply, visit https://careers.pageuppeople.com/876/cw/en-us/job/496716/head-of-acquisitions-and-collection-development

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