Associate Dean for Special Libraries and Preservation

University of Houston
Closing date
Jun 12, 2023

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The University of Houston Libraries seeks to recruit a strategic leader for the position of Associate Dean for Special Libraries and Preservation. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, this key leadership role will position UH Libraries to expand access to unique and diverse materials that advance original scholarship and critical inquiry. The portfolio includes the Special Collections department, the Preservation and Reformatting department, the Architecture, Design, and Art Library, and the Music Library. Together, these units will work collaboratively to carry out a collecting and preservation philosophy that documents the university and the diverse communities that surround it and provide deep expertise with materiality and unique research strategies that result in scholarly and creative works.

The successful candidate will help strategically enhance our engagement with, and outreach to, the local Houston and regional community, and actively engage in fundraising activities. This individual will work closely with the Associate Deans for the Collections Strategies and Discovery units and the Research and Student Engagement units to ensure the Libraries enhances learning and research in support of student success and the university's research goals. The successful candidate will provide vision and strategic goals for building a collaborative and integrated approach to library roles and responsibilities that connect to the university's strategic plan. They also will be responsible for managing and regularly assessing policies, practices, and workflows across these units to maintain effective stewardship of our collections and application of enterprise-wide services across Libraries.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Libraries' senior administrative team, consisting of four associate deans. The associate deans will work in a team based and highly collaborative environment on idea generation, strategic planning, budgeting, and decision making to ensure employees, services, and spaces achieve the university's goals. There will be opportunities to build skills in the areas of budget formulation and planning, advancement, and space assessment and planning.

Additionally, as a leader in UH Libraries, the person in this position will be expected to foster an environment where all employees can grow and advance. UH Libraries is committed to building and maintaining a welcoming workplace and learning environment. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them for this environment.

Librarians at UH hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians' Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. UH Libraries supports the ongoing professional development of librarians and seek to recruit individuals committed to continuous learning and growth.

Salary: $145,000 to 150,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Visit UH Libraries Employment page for more information: Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Learning, and Talent, at 713-743-9761 or

Library Information: UH Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes. The University Libraries' total staff is 160 FTE, including 62 professionals. Additional information about UH Libraries is available at:

The UH Libraries' is in the process of developing a new strategic plan in alignment with the University's ambitious new plan We seek to recruit librarians who can relate the directions of the university and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals. We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

General Information: The University of Houston campus comprises 18 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of more than 45,000 students, nearly 7,000 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living. For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see: For information about housing and living in Houston, see:

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the university prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in and out of the Libraries
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse and inclusive organization
  • Demonstrated success with goal setting and strategic planning for units
  • Experience with best practices in the acquisition, processing, and long-term management of manuscript, archival, and unique materials in analog and digital formats
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate and build campus and community partnerships
  • Familiarity with collection management strategies and tools, and local and national standards specific to archival control
  • Supervisory experience

  • Experience with fostering inclusive and accessible spaces
  • Experience in the management and preservation of special collections or other cultural heritage enterprises
  • Experience with fundraising and grant-writing
  • Budgeting experience
  • Experience supporting employee professional development
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership development

Organization: H0143 University Libraries
Employee Status: Regular/Benefits
Job Posting: May 16, 2023, 11:12:39 AM

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