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Chief Librarian - Revised*

companyJohn Jay College
locationNew York, NY 10019, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/29/2023
Full Time

Job Title                               Chief Librarian - Revised*

Job ID                                  24422

Regular/Temporary             Regular

Location                             John Jay College



John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

About the Lloyd Sealy Library

As the knowledge center of the College community, the Library serves as the gateway to the world of criminal justice and related fields. Boasting more than half a million books, periodicals, microforms, films and digital collections, the library integrates historical and contemporary materials to build a comprehensive collection and present a balanced view of the field of criminal justice. Our collections are an indispensable resource for faculty and students at John Jay and across CUNY, as well as scholars, practitioners and members of the criminal justice and legal communities around the world.

Through its collections, technology, physical and virtual spaces, and our expert faculty and staff, the Library provides students and faculty an inclusive and welcoming environment to support and enhance the learning, teaching, and research needs of our patrons. This includes supporting the College’s efforts to enact the Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculumand its commitment to access and excellence in higher education. The library holds a number of unique special collections directly related to the mission of the College.


Reporting to the Provost, the Chief Librarian will be responsible for the organization, administration, operation, planning, and evaluation of library services, physical facilities, collections, budgets, and the professional development and evaluation of faculty and staff.

As a creative, flexible, and intellectually generous leader, the Chief Librarian will

advocate for the Library’s value within the campus community and its critical role in furthering the educational mission of the College. The Chief Librarian will effectively navigate evolving academic, instructional, technological, and information needs of faculty, students, and staff to promote innovative and thoughtful engagement with the Library.

A transparent communicator and a collaborative partner, the Chief Librarian will provide strategic direction and vision for the Library, as well as facilitate the implementation of its core services and long-term plans. As the Library’s representative on College-wide and University committees, the Chief will also develop and support strategic relationships with stakeholders on campus and across CUNY.

Within a collegial and cooperative work environment, the Chief Librarian will oversee the selection, mentoring, evaluating, professional development, promotion and retention of the Library’s faculty and staff in a framework of shared faculty governance and collective bargaining. The Chief Librarian will guide faculty through the process of promotion and tenure.

This is an administrative appointment in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan with an underlying tenured faculty position at the associate or full professor rank.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this

requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of and authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates are required to be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience. Additional qualifications are defined below by the College.

Other Qualifications

Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MLIS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution, with a second graduate degree required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial experience in tenure-bearing institutions and a demonstrated record of successful and progressively responsible duties in an academic library with a broad span of oversight.
  • A distinguished record of achievement in the areas of research, teaching, and service with evidence of professional distinction that merits appointment at the rank of tenured associate or full professor within the Library.
  • Thorough knowledge of current library practices, procedures, technologies, and trends in institutions of higher education, and a strong commitment to student-centered library services.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.
  • Experience working at a university library that holds unique and robust archives and special collections.


Associate Administrator


*$135,000 to $148,000.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial wellbeing, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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*Posting will close on January 31, 2023.


CUNY Job Posting: Executive


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.

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