The Director of Library Facilities brings energetic and creative vision to the oversight, maintenance, improvement, inclusivity, accessibility, and safety of Library facilities to advance the University’s academic mission. Reporting to the University Librarian, and part of the Library’s executive team, the Director assesses Library needs and opportunities relating to facilities quality and building safety; coordinates with Facilities Management, Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, and Computing and Information Services (Access Control systems); and manages relationships with internal service providers and external facilities vendors.
With understanding of the special characteristics and requirements of collections study and research facilities and a strong user services orientation, the Director works to ensure continuous improvement in the quality and functionality of Library’s physical plant for students, faculty, researchers, staff, and visitors, and to make the Library a safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for academic pursuits. Working with senior Library leadership and in collaboration with staff from University Facilities Management, the Director coordinates planning and implementation related to construction, renovation, and repair projects for Library facilities, managing multiple complex tasks and setting priorities. The Director also works collaboratively with the University’s security and safety offices to ensure the wellbeing of Library users and staff and the protection of the collections. The Director ensures compliance with University policies, and state and federal laws and regulations, while also providing guidance to senior Library administration on best practices.
The Brown University Library consists of seven locations totaling around 500,000 square feet with a variety of physical characteristics and containing a wide range of activities: the John D. Rockefeller Library; the John Hay Library (special collections); the Sciences Library; the Orwig Music Library; the Annmary Brown Memorial (a small museum-like space); the Champlin Medical Reading Room (managed as part of the Medical School facilities); and a high-density remote storage Annex. The Director oversees two Building Coordinators and three staff in the Library mailroom.
At least 10 years of progressively responsible facilities management experience, including day-to-day operations, project execution, and complex building systems, ideally in a library, museum, or higher education setting.
Experience working with security systems.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
Superior oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Experience leading teams and fostering continuous improvement. Demonstrated ability to effectively engage, motivate and coach staff.
Candidates please note: all offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.
With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction. Brown’s vibrant, diverse campus community consists of about 4,500 staff and faculty, 6,200 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 490 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting, and online students, and over 700 faculty members. Brown students come from all 50 states and more than 115 countries. Brown is frequently recognized for its global reach, many cultural events, numerous campus groups and activities, active community service programs, highly competitive athletics, and beautiful facilities located in a richly historic urban setting.