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Assistant Dean Law Library

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

If you are looking for an exciting career and great benefits, look no further!

UMass Dartmouth is the place for you! 

Job Title: Assistant Dean of the Law Library Division: Law School

Department: Law Library

Bargaining Unit Status: Non-Unit EEO Status: 3.4 Job Code: 023

Reports to: Associate Dean of Law Library

Supervises: Public Services Staff and other staff in the absence of the Associate Dean of the Law Library

Summary Purpose of the Position: Works with the Associate Dean of the Law Library to fulfill the educational
and service obligations and responsibilities of the law library. Works with the Associate Dean to plan, direct, and
assess the services and resources of the UMass Dartmouth Law Library within the context of the university’s
mission and strategic plan. Promotes the services and resources of the law library within the law school, the
university and the local community. Demonstrates excellent leadership and managerial skills to help plan,
articulate, and implement services. The position develops, implements and monitors library policies,
procedures and programs. Collaborates in determining policies and works closely with the library's
committees and teams. Works with the library staff, law school staff, law faculty, law students, members of the
university community, members of the local bar and the general public. Works with the Associate Dean and
division heads to ensure that all library personnel are working effectively and are in proper position
classifications. The Assistant Dean will have a special focus on developing polices, programs and support for
faculty scholarship and creating opportunities and support for student and faculty engaged and scholarly
research. As such, the incumbent is a confidential employee as defined in M.G. L. Chapter 150E, Section 1

Examples of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Works with the Associate Dean to provide vision and leadership for the library so that services and
collaborations continually evolve and maximize emerging information technologies.

Assists in administering the operation of the university law library in a collegial and collaborative
atmosphere that fosters teamwork and cooperation.

Oversee the day to day operations of the law library with a focus on public services.

Serves as an administrator in the absence of the Associate Dean of the Law Library.

Provides supervision of reference services and the faculty liaison program.

Provides assistance and support to faculty research and scholarship efforts.

Assist with the preparation of grant proposals.

Provides research instruction to law students and law faculty.

Promotes the law library within the law school, the university, consortia, and the local community.

Promotes and develops library educational and service programs.

Serves as a member of the Library Administrative Council to develop new services, policies, and plans
that support the research and curricular needs of the University community.

Assists in selection and acquisition of legal materials in print, electronic, and other formats.

Assists with hiring, training, and supervision of professional and student staff.

Works with campus constituents, particular CITS for the purposed of enhancing services to student and
the community.

Participates in local, state, and national conferences and workshops for professional development.

Principal responsibility for implementing programs designed to promote and support a culture of
scholarship in the law school.

Serves on university and library committees.

Will require some evening and weekend hours.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: MLS or MLIS from an accredited ALA library school and a JD from an ABA
accredited law school.

Experience: Previous experience in an academic or professional law library. Experience working in a diverse

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
Legal research methodology and materials, including Lexis, Westlaw, OCLC, HeinOnline.

Common law library operations and procedures including circulation, reserves, ILL.

Demonstrated leadership skills commensurate with administrative responsibilities.

Organizational, research and managerial skills.

Ability to speak in public and to teach individually, or to large or small groups.

Knowledge of current Microsoft law office technology, software and equipment.

Ability to work collaboratively or individually.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with faculty, students, staff and
community users.

Ability to interact effectively with diverse cultural and ethnic groups.


Preferred Qualifications:Experience:
Three to five years of academic experience.

Prior supervision of library staff.

Legal practice or significant assistance with legal scholarship.

Energy, initiative, enthusiasm, vision, charisma, and flexibility.

Strong commitment to customer service.

Public interest or public service experience.

Environmental Demands:
Work generally performed in an office.

Frequent work performed with other people

Frequent interactions with staff and managers.

Mental Requirements:
Must be able to communicate in English (speaking, writing and reading) at a level to effectively perform
the essential functions of this position.
Frequent work at a rapid pace.

Physical Requirements:
Physical Activity Frequency

Sitting Frequent

Walking Occasional

Climbing Stairs Occasional

Reaching Occasional
Grasping Occasional

Pushing/Pulling Occasional

Near Vision Constant

Far Vision Constant

Talking Constant

Smell Rare
Lifting/Carrying (20 lbs.) Occasional
Travel Occasional

Frequency Key (hours per day): Never = 0 hours; Rare = up to 1 hour; Occasional = 1 to 3 hours; Frequent
= 3 to 6 hours; Constant = 6 to 7 ½ hours.


UMass Dartmouth offers exciting benefits* such as:

  • 75% Employer-Paid Health Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • State Pension Retirement Plan
  • Optional Retirement Savings Plans
  • Tuition Credit (Employee, Spouse, & Dependents)
  • Twelve (12) paid holidays
  • Paid personal, vacation, and sick time
  • And More

Benefits: Benefits

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.


To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

                                                   The review of applications will begin immediately.

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