Bates College invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Information & Library Services and College Librarian (VP-ILS).
Founded in 1855, Bates College (www.bates.edu) is a private, highly selective, residential college devoted to undergraduate study in the liberal arts and is consistently ranks in the top 20 of the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition, and is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color. Bates is located in the twin cities of Lewiston-Auburn on the Androscoggin River in Southern Maine.
Reporting to the President, the VP-ILS provides strategic and operational direction to College leadership and constituents on all aspects of information technology and library planning, program, and resources. As the leader of an integrated library/IT organization that enables excellence in teaching, learning, and research, the VP-ILS collaborates with key leaders across the campus in the development of shared goals; in the delivery of innovative, client-focused, and financially sustainable information and technology solutions and services that support the work of all faculty, students, and staff; and in advancing the priorities of the recently adopted Institutional Plan. The VP-ILS serves as the College’s chief information officer and as a member of the College’s senior staff. As the College Librarian, the VP-ILS is a voting member of the Faculty.
Bates seeks a professional with senior-level leadership experience in information technology and library services encompassing strategic planning and guidance, project planning, budgeting and management, and process development, and who has demonstrated experience building community and consensus. Candidates will have at least 10 years in information technology and/or library services management, ability to prioritize projects, demonstrated capacity to assess and develop the talents and expertise of staff, and familiarity with the latest developments in advanced technologies and information systems in higher education. A bachelor’s degree is required, as is evidence of continued scholarship and/or professional accomplishment in librarianship, computer science, information science or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred.
Bates College has engaged Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support the Vice President, Information & Library Services and College Librarian search. Please contact Katie Dean, Associate Partner, (firstname.lastname@example.org) to apply or to learn more. All communications will be managed confidentially.
Bates College is strongly committed to sustaining a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.
Bates College was built by people who put their ideals into action and in whose hands the liberal arts served as a dynamic force for the public good. With their progressive call, in 1855, to educate men and women together, regardless of race or ethnicity, the founders of Bates affirmed that all human potential deserves to be developed. This radical, founding moment manifested a durable instinct fo...r the fellowship of learning that continues to guide Bates’ commitment to intensive and unfettered humanistic inquiry.
Bates’ mission statement, adopted in 2010, reads:
Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion—Amore ac Studio—we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a