Assistant Director, Center for Library Initiatives, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Assistant Director (AD) of the CIC Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) works closely with the Director of the CLI, CIC member library groups, and CIC colleagues to support the development, implementation and assessment of CLI action plans.  Depending upon the activities involved, the AD assists or leads program planning, project management, and coordination of key collaborative initiatives.

CIC staff members are employees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Assistant Director position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, academic professional position physically located at the CIC Headquarters office in Champaign, Illinois.

Duties & responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the CLI Director, work to develop and implement project management plans for selected CLI initiatives.
  • Negotiate and administer licenses, contracts, and agreements for electronic information resources.  Coordinate decision-making among library staff members for particular acquisitions.
  • Track, analyze and report on cost trends in scholarly resources, and the economic and service benefits that accrue to consortium members through participation in cooperative licensing.
  • Coordinate the work of various library committees and task forces across the CIC member libraries.
  • Coordinate the benchmarking of CIC library collections and services.
  • Proactively contribute to the overall planning and management activities of the CIC.
  • Lead planning and coordination of topical CIC library conferences.
  • Work with CIC staff to manage tools to track consortial statistics for licensing, resource sharing, etc.
  • Communicate effectively with library faculty and staff at CIC member universities, peer institutions and consortia nationally, as well as with the vendor community.
  • Monitor issues, trends and best practices in library management and scholarly communication, and contribute to that dialogue on behalf of the CIC and its member universities.

Education and work experience:


  • ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science or an equivalent combination of relevant graduate study and experience.
  • Three years of demonstrably successful experience in a library, consortium or electronic publishing environment.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an organizationally complex and culturally diverse higher education setting.


  • Demonstrated aptitude for project management, and team leadership of individuals and groups with direct responsibility for program development and project management.
  • Experience with the acquisition and/or management of library information resources.
  • Data management experience, including the ability to organize, present, and analyze financial and usage data.
  • Knowledge of contemporary practices and trends for managing electronic resources in a library environment.
  • A record of active professional engagement.

Application Process:

For full consideration, candidates must complete an online application by February 26, 2016, through Qualified candidates must upload a letter of application that clearly articulates how their qualifications and experience make them a viable candidate for the position and should address the “required competencies listed above, resume or CV, and contact information (names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers) of at least three current professional references. Interviews may be scheduled prior to the closing date but no decision on hiring will be made prior to February 26, 2016. The start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search, upon mutual agreement. Salary is commensurate with experience. For additional information regarding the application procedures, please contact: Jennifer Steiling – – 217-300-2734.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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