Gallaudet University — Dean, Library

Gallaudet University is the world’s only higher education institution designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Chartered by Congress in 1864, Gallaudet University has led advances in education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students and deaf rights worldwide. Today, students from across the United States and more than 25 countries — diverse in perspective, backgrounds, interests, and communication styles — form an exciting learning community. Based on a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity, Gallaudet University prepares graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world.

A major aspect of the institution’s dedication to student and faculty success is the recent commitment to the library being the intellectual and cultural heart of campus. This involves identifying and hiring additional positions; implementing a new organizational structure; refurbishing the current facility with a commitment for a new building within the next five years; expanding internal and external partnerships; and increasing financial support for furnishings, collections, digitization, information literacy instruction, among other initiatives.

As a result, Gallaudet University is seeking a Dean of the Library, a new position, to provide the leadership necessary to implement the institution’s vision for the library as the heart of campus and be a leader in the provision of student success.

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of the Library is the chief administrator, spokesperson, and advocate for the library. Focusing on transparency, collaboration, and shared governance, the Dean provides progressive and dynamic leadership; facilitates planning and assessment; sets direction for programs and services; establishes a multicultural organization dedicated to diversity and success; and supports personnel through strong professional development initiatives.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Develops, communicates, and implements a library vision and strategic direction aligned with the mission, vision, and values of Gallaudet University.
  • Develops and monitors the library’s annual budget to ensure appropriate expenditure of funds.
  • Establishes performance goals that incorporate objectives associated with professional development and training; develops strategies for recruiting and retaining excellent staff.
  • Fosters a culture of assessment to inform decision-making and continuous improvement.
  • Monitors external environments to assess risks and benefits to implementing new technologies.
  • Leads development of innovative partnerships between the library and campus, as well as community and regional organizations.
  • Actively cultivates fund-raising opportunities, including internal and external grants, to support library operations and initiatives.
  • Promotes and advocates for library programs that address the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the community
  • Encourages and facilitates the professional development of library personnel to maintain a diverse, skilled, and engaged workforce.
  • Engages in scholarly, professional, and service activities in support of Gallaudet University and the Library and information science profession, serving as a role model for library personnel.
  • Fosters an organizational and educational climate that supports equity, diversity, and inclusivity.
  • Embraces an environment of constant change that supports and anticipates the evolving needs of the campus community.
  • Represents the university to the Washington Research Library Consortium.
  • Maintains and expands communication and collaboration internal and external to the university.


  • Terminal degree (Master’s) in library/information science from ALA-accredited program.
  • A record of scholarship, librarianship/teaching, and service sufficient for a dean-level appointment.
  • A record of increasingly responsible higher education leadership experience in academic libraries, with substantial management skills in strategic planning, assessment, finance, team building, communication and collaboration, and professional development.
  • A record of commitment to multicultural organizational development and efforts that have maximized the effective education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language.