Suffolk University Library Director - Sawyer Library in Boston, Massachusetts

Library Director - Sawyer Library

StaffBoston, Massachusetts



Suffolk University invites qualified individuals to submit applications for the Director of the Mildred F. Sawyer Library. The Sawyer Library serves the University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Sawyer Business School (SBS), and the University’s Madrid Campus. These schools include 5,290 undergraduate and 1,165 graduate students, and nearly 300 faculty members. The Library Director will manage a community-cherished, centrally located facility of 60,000 square feet with seating for 669.

The Director of the Library will provide leadership, with foresight and vision, to oversee all library services and resources supporting the students, faculty, and staff, as well as the University Archives’ Special Collections and records management services. We are seeking candidates who are able to proactively develop, enhance, and maintain partnerships with academic departments, institutes, and learning communities, along with planning committees throughout the University. As Suffolk is in the process of updating its strategic plan, an incoming director will lead the library departments in envisioning, defining, and innovatively adapting their services to best support the academic mission and a free exchange of ideas. The Director will provide support and direction to the library’s Leadership Team, oversee communication strategies, and strategically manage the library’s operations.

Qualified applicants will have an ALA-accredited graduate degree in library and information science (MLS or equivalent); a second masters’ degree or doctorate in an additional disciplinary area is strongly preferred. We are looking for progressively responsible experience in administration, leadership, and management (in a library or closely related settings). Most importantly, we are looking for previous experience with strategic planning, budgeting, facilities management, accreditation, and outcomes assessment. Demonstrated knowledge of emerging trends and issues in college and university libraries, including emerging technologies and related instructional and information technologies, is also essential.

Suffolk University seeks leaders as diverse as our students. Undergraduate and graduate students come from 100 countries to earn their degrees at Suffolk’s College of Arts & Sciences, Sawyer Business School, and Law School. Domestic students of color comprise 27 percent of our student body. The Director of the Library will be well placed to have a broad impact on the experience of all those within the Suffolk community.

Suffolk University is proud of its longstanding commitment to creating a safe environment for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, gender, religion, age, or ability. Suffolk is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who would add richness to our community.

Applicants should submit an updated CV or resume with a cover letter. Only submissions through our website be considered.