University of South Carolina Upstate — Dean of the Library


USC Upstate invites applications for the 12-month tenure track position of Dean of the Library from innovative, collaborative leaders passionate about student success. The Dean will join USC Upstate library at a moment of major transition and growth, as the library completes a major renovation of the building and continues implementation of a statewide shared library service platform. Under the direction of the Provost, the Dean of the Library plays a vital role in USC Upstate’s commitment to academic excellence, collaborative teaching and learning, and community engagement, while advocating for the essential role of the library and its 13 faculty and 12 staff members in those endeavors.

Key Duties

  • Direct and manage all administrative, operational, service, and technical functions of the library
  • Foster a culture of collaboration, collegiality, and hospitality in a learning commons atmosphere
  • Manage budget and finances
  • Recruit, develop, and lead outstanding library faculty and staff, providing appropriate mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • Build successful programs and partnerships within the library, across the university and USC system, and with community partners to support student and faculty success
  • Participate in the statewide academic library consortium

We seek a thoughtful communicator; someone with a creative, energetic, and results-oriented leadership style that promotes trust, autonomy, and accountability. The ideal candidate will understand the challenges facing the students we serve and will have the ability to be flexible in a rapidly changing library environment.

The University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, SC is a comprehensive public university, a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system, and is among the fastest growing universities in the state with more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and education, as well as 17 NCAA Division I sports teams. U.S. News and World Reports recently ranked USC Upstate No. 1 among Top Public regional College in the South. USC Upstate has also been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. In addition, students and faculty from over 25 nations reflect the university’s international character. Located between Charlotte and Atlanta on the I-85 corridor, one of the fastest growing business and high-tech regions in the country, the campus is within easy driving distance of the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The university has an enrollment of approximately 6,300 students and employs approximately 650 full and part-time faculty and staff, reflecting the diversity of Upstate South Carolina. USC Upstate is proud of the diversity of its student body, many of whom are first-generation students. We are an EOE/AA employer and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for faculty, staff, and administrators. We seek a leader committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity at USC Upstate. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent degree
  • 3-5 years of successful progressive library administrative experience
  • Record of achievement in librarianship, service, and scholarship commensurate with unit criteria for the full rank of Librarian
  • Demonstrated experience leading major change and innovation initiatives
  • Skill and experience in strategic planning, fiscal planning, and budget and resource management
  • Demonstrated record of inclusive excellence and delivering equitable outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to create a culture of and commitment to student-centered services
  • Excellent communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Second Master’s or terminal degree in Library Science or related field
  • At least 5-7 years’ academic library experience at accredited institution(s)
  • Demonstrated experience pursuing external funding through grants and private fundraising
  • Experience with physical renovations
  • Experience serving diverse populations

Applicant Instructions: Review of applications will begin on August 24, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Submissions must be complete for consideration. For a complete job description and to apply, go to

Contact information:
Dr. Kim Purdy
Chair, Search Committee
(864) 503-5779

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.