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Dean - University Library

The American University in Cairo

Company Description:

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English-language, American and Egyptian-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life in the Middle East. Its community of students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The University stands at the crossroads of world cultures and acts as a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across a diversity of languages and human experiences.

The University offers 36 undergraduate, 44 Master's and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. AUC embraces a globally recognized professional community and offers an English-based education that meets the needs of the dynamic Egyptian and broader regional economies.

AUC is a global institution chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt. AUC's libraries stand at the center of the university's educational life. They house the largest English-language academic library collection in Egypt, extensive digital resources and tools, diverse spaces for study and learning, a range of programs supporting students, faculty, and the wider community, and a widely recognized Rare Books and Special Collections Library. The University's modern, 260-acre New Cairo campus is a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching, lifelong learning and civic engagement. In addition, the University's original campus in Tahrir Square, the heart of downtown Cairo, is home to the Tahrir Cultural Center and a variety of academic programs and learning facilities.

Job Description:

The American University in Cairo invites applications for Dean of Libraries and Learning Technologies, to begin no later than August 2020.

Reporting to the Provost of the University, the Dean provides leadership and vision for all operations and future development of the University's libraries and learning technologies and plays a leading role in supporting the University's academic mission.

He/she works closely with other senior administrative officers to enhance programs both within the libraries and across the University. The Dean is responsible for all matters related to the administration of the library ensuring that they remain on the cutting edge of information services and technology and providing excellent service and resources to faculty, staff and students.

The Dean also oversees library strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, staffing, physical space matters, application of information technology, as well as the maintenance and formation of local, regional and international partnerships.


Key Attributes of Successful Candidate

The successful candidate should preferably have an American Library Association accredited degree, such as a Master in Library Science (MLS) or Master in Information Science (MIS), or similar recognized degree in the field. He/she must have 10+ years of increasingly responsible positions in university or research libraries.

While international experience is preferred a background in Middle East studies and/or Arabic language is not required.

The successful candidate is likely to also possess the following attributes:

  • An experienced leader with interpersonal and managerial skills who has the vision, imagination, and creativity necessary to set and achieve ambitious goals
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to research libraries and their mission, including awareness and knowledge of primary sources, scholarly communications, data curation, digital preservation and digital scholarship developments
  • Knowledge of innovative library technology and pedagogy including creative experiential learning and instructional delivery systems and platforms
  • A clear awareness of the role of libraries in developing and supporting innovative pedagogical practices and the use of instructional technologies to support teaching and learning across the university
  • Proven ability to lead a team towards transformation and further develops a culture that welcomes change and innovation
  • Evidence of support for faculty scholarly research, teaching, and service
  • Evidence of support for student achievement and student success
  • Experience with accreditation standards and agencies
  • Engagement with the wider community beyond the university, with demonstrated understanding of outreach techniques and tools, including exhibitions, public events and relations with donors of collections
  • A commitment to and evidence of securing external support through fundraising and development
  • Financial acumen and proven abilities in budget and financial management
  • Demonstrated success in implementing operational details and managing staff
  • A meaningful and demonstrated commitment to inclusiveness and diversity
  • Engagement with global networks of academic institutions

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents via the online system:

  • An updated CV
  • A letter of interest
  • Names and contact information for at least three references familiar with your professional background
  • A completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF).
Location: Cairo - Egypt
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th January 2020
Closes: 2nd March 2020
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