Furman University Director of Libraries


Furman University invites applications for the Director of Libraries. The Director will provide strategic leadership for the administration of the James B. Duke Library, Sanders Science Library, and Maxwell Music Library. The Director will come to Furman at a time of significant momentum, joining one of the nation’s premier liberal arts and sciences universities. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director holds an administrative position with non-tenure track faculty status.

Furman University
Greenville, South Carolina
Application Deadline: 
Review of applications will begin July 25, 2019.
More Information: 

The Ideal Candidate

The Director of Libraries will be a dynamic leader who is passionate in their support of a personalized educational experience that provides lifelong value for every Furman student.

We envision the successful candidate will be:

  • A confident leader who will elevate the Libraries to the center of academic life at Furman.
  • A creative thought leader able to inspire change, eager to try new things, and open to failing, adjusting, revising, and trying again.
  • A champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity in library personnel, services, programs, resources, and in those whom we serve.
  • An adept facilitator with demonstrated experience in building consensus, mentoring, and advocacy.
  • An excellent communicator who easily builds rapport, is comfortable communicating in multiple mediums, and can clearly articulate the mission, values, and goals of a liberal arts and sciences university.
  • An accomplished manager who is diplomatic, fair, willing to compromise, and transparent in decision-making.
  • A scholar professionally active at the national level, with vision and interests that extend beyond our campus.

Preferred qualities include:

  • Substantial experience in library leadership and proven capacity to develop and sustain relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and donors.
  • A successful track record of building diverse and inclusive programming, services, initiatives, and/or personnel.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and implementing new initiatives with willing support from a community of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and research support.

Job Responsibilities

  • Articulates and executes a clear vision for the Libraries; demonstrates a strong commitment to the role of the Libraries as campus leaders and central to The Furman Advantage.
  • Strategically directs all areas of library administration including the effective management of fiscal, human, and physical resources as well as policy and program development, strategic and long-term planning, and development of collaborative and consortial relationships.
  • Envisions and implements strategic goals and priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the Libraries in alignment with the University’s goals.
  • Advocates for the Libraries and library staff/faculty, and ensures decisions impacting the Libraries are made in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
  • Supports the Libraries’ tradition of an open, collegial, and inclusive work environment that values professional growth for all library personnel.
  • Establishes frequent and transparent communication within the Libraries, with administrators and colleagues across campus, and with the larger community.
  • Values existing relationships and cultivates new relationships on campus and in the broader community.
  • Strengthens the positive relationship between the Libraries and Information Technology Services, and explores opportunities for richer collaboration.
  • Provides leadership for the effective and collaborative use of space in the Libraries, including the development of an academic commons.
  • Partners with campus stakeholders in the development and management of digital scholarship and scholarly communication initiatives.
  • Participates in fund-raising and grant-writing opportunities to advance the goals of the Libraries and The Furman Advantage.

Education Requirements

  • Master's degree accredited by the American Library Association or an international equivalent.
  • Education Preferences
  • A PhD is preferred, but not required.

Work Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible work experience in a library.
  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.


The Assistant Director for Outreach Services, the Assistant Director for Collection Services, the Assistant Director for Discovery Services, the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, and the Departmental Assistant.
Required Documents:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of leadership philosophy and experience, statement of scholarly or professional interests, and a diversity statement that describes how their professional experience, scholarship, mentoring, and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts and sciences college community that includes a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as one of its core values. Three letters of recommendation should also be submitted. Transcript requests and background checks will be conducted in the final stage of the hiring process.

Go to https://libguides.furman.edu/library/jobs/director or see the attached documents for additional information on Furman University, the Furman University Libraries, and instructions for applying to the director of libraries position

Questions may be e-mailed to Christy Allen at christy.allen@furman.edu