Opening: Associate Dean for Research and Informatics at Virginia Tech Libraries

The Virginia Tech Libraries, working closely with the Provost and the Vice President for Research, are building relationships and partnerships throughout the university research community. The position of Associate Dean for Research and Informatics will work with faculty and other VT research administrators to engage in and collaborate on issues related to information, data, and scholarly communication.

This position reports to the Dean of University Libraries and has responsibility for integrating and mapping the Virginia Tech Libraries — its services, resources, and consultative expertise – with the university’s research enterprise, which includes the latter’s policies, planning, processes, and sponsored research initiatives. The AD-RI will work collegially, collaboratively, and effectively with library directors in pursuit of developing the Libraries’ research engagement program, including the application of library and information science to collaborate on and solve problems in the academic disciplines. The position also serves as a member of the Libraries’ senior management team, contributing to the Libraries’ strategic visioning, program development and assessment, technology strategies and directions, and organizational transformation in support of its evolving goals and objectives.

A complete job description is available  here.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required – ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree, demonstrated years of increasing responsibility in library or information-related services. Experience with leading teams. Knowledge of trends in research administration in higher education. Experience with grantsmanship including grant proposal generation and project administration. Knowledge of the major grantsmaking agencies with which libraries work. Awareness of information and data management policies coming from grantsmaking agencies and governmental bodies. Knowledge and/or experience with digital curation, new metadata schema used in digital and data curation, data curation technology architectures and services, and collaborative technologies for virtual environments. Experience in developing collaborative, inter-departmental work environments. Experience with developing organizational strategies, directions, and providing thought leadership in the strategic development of libraries and/or other information service organizations. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Preferred – Strong record of professional involvement, scholarly publication and presentations. Knowledge and/or experience with emerging social media technologies. Familiarity with applied ethnographic research design. Evidence of creativity or creative solutions in transforming libraries in the digital age. Experience with campus-wide projects and planning. Evidence of professional accomplishments, publications, and experience appropriate for continued appointment in the library faculty.

Salary: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

Faculty Rank: Administrative and Professional Faculty appointment. Continued Appointment track.

Benefits: University benefit information can be located at

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, names of three (3) references and their contact information. Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position is filled.

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