University of Houston Director of the John M. O'Quinn Law Library in Houston, Texas

Job Description

The University of Houston Law Center solicits applications and nominations for the position of Director of the John M. O’Quinn Law Library. The Director is a senior member of the Law Center management team and reports directly to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The successful candidate’s salary, qualification and rank as Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor (if and as applicable) and tenure status (if applicable) will be commensurate with background and experience. The position will commence as early as spring 2017 and no later than the fall 2017 semester.

The Director has primary responsibility for planning and overall administration of the library, including budgeting and cost control, hiring, personnel management and development, collection development, strategic planning, facilities planning, utilizing advancements in information services and technology, and ensuring compliance with all relevant accreditation standards. The library is the research arm of the Law Center, providing unsurpassed research support to students, faculty, and the administration through a staff of ten professional librarians and seven supporting employees. The Director will work closely with the Deans and faculty to ensure that the library provides outstanding service to the entire Law Center community. The Director will participate in the Law Center’s governance, engage in the University and professional communities, and teach and contribute scholarship in accordance with the Director’s expertise and ability.

Candidates must hold both a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and an MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library or information science program. Candidates must have several years of experience in academic law librarianship and a demonstrated record in, or demonstrated facility for, law library administration. Experience as the director, associate director, or assistant director of an academic law library is strongly preferred. An interest in fundraising (including writing grants) under the supervision of the Associate Dean is desirable. The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse groups, and must be conversant on the research and educational needs of a nationally prominent law school community.

A competitive candidate should also have significant management experience in a law library or comparable environment; demonstrated organizational skills and leadership ability; experience with and interest in emerging informational and instructional technologies; evidence of scholarly potential and professional engagement; and the ability to articulate and implement a vision for a law library of the twenty-first century. The University of Houston Law Center is the leading law school in the nation’s fourth-largest city. Founded in 1947, it is a top-tier institution awarding Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees. The Law Center is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The Law Library houses a collection of over 560,000 volumes and volume equivalents. The library also maintains a rare book room and an extensive collection of digital resources. The law library works closely with the University of Houston library system.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To receive fullest consideration, your online application must be received by October 31, 2016. The Law Center will participate in the AALS national hiring process and will attend the Faculty Recruitment Conference. Candidates can direct inquiries to Professor Johnny Rex Buckles (JBuckles@central.uh.edu). Further information about the school and its program is available at http://www.law.uh.edu.

With a very reasonable cost of living, Houston is a cosmopolitan city, with first-rate restaurants, symphony, opera, ballet, and theatrical companies and museums. A sophisticated international and domestic legal practice, a student body of over 800, a highly published full-time faculty exceeding 60 members, a rich complement of adjunct faculty, and academic programs consistently ranked among the best in the country provide a superb professional environment.

The University of Houston Law Center is seeking outstanding candidates who will bring greater diversity to the faculty, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups in the legal profession.

The University of Houston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must hold both a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and an MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited library or information science program.

Preferred Qualifications

Job Title: Director of the John M. O'Quinn Law Library

Posting Number: F00307

Department: Law:H0410

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Benefits Eligible?: Yes

Full-time/Part-time Status: Full-time

Special Instructions to the Applicant: Official transcripts are required for a faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security sensitive and will require a criminal history check. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To receive fullest consideration, your online application must be received by October 31, 2016. The Law Center will participate in the AALS national hiring process and will attend the Faculty Recruitment Conference. Candidates can direct inquiries to Professor Johnny Rex Buckles (JBuckles@central.uh.edu). Further information about the school and its program is available at http://www.law.uh.edu.

Desired Employee Start Date: 01/01/2017

Posting Open Date: 10/10/2016

Open Until Filled?: Yes