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Associate Librarian or Librarian - Associate Dean of Libraries and Director of the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library

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School / Campus / College: University Libraries

Organization: University Libraries

Title: Associate Librarian or Librarian - Associate Dean of Libraries and Director of the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library

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The University of Washington ranks 2nd among universities in the amount of federal grant and research dollars received with close to 1.5 billion dollars in total research funding. Ranked number 14 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings and number 10 in U.S. News and World Report’s Global University rankings, the UW was named one of the world’s most innovative universities by Reuters. 

Serving all three campuses, the UW Libraries is an integral partner in the education, research, clinical care, and service mission of the University. Beyond the strength of its extensive collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent programs and services, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards. 

This is an exciting time to consider a leadership role at the University of Washington Libraries as we embark on new strategic directions building on the foundation established by the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan


One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Bothell is known for providing a participatory student experience grounded in close relationships with faculty as researchers, teachers, and mentors; and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated to student success. UW Bothell serves students from diverse racial/ethnic and cultural populations and has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching. For more information about UW Bothell, please visit

The newest college in the State of Washington, Cascadia College was founded in 1994 and shares its campus with the University of Washington Bothell.  With an average class size of 25 students, and with more than 25% of full-time faculty holding PhDs (highest among state’s community and technical colleges), Cascadia College provides a supportive learning environment focused on student success. For more information about Cascadia College, please visit


The UW Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library is uniquely positioned as a key resource in supporting the teaching, learning, and research needs of both the UW Bothell and Cascadia College communities. As part of the University of Washington Libraries system, the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library serves Cascadia College and the University of Washington Bothell, with a combined FTE of 8,500 students. 

The Campus Library is a critical partner in fostering collaboration across this shared campus environment, through access, collections, consultations, digital scholarship support, events, instruction, reference, services, and technology. The Library aspires to be a catalyst for UW Bothell and Cascadia College, with agile and innovative approaches to meeting the changing needs of students, faculty, and the community. For more information about Library initiatives, programs, and values, please see

A core value and priority of the Campus Library is to create an environment that recognizes and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Library staff work collaboratively to provide culturally relevant services and resources that reflect the diversity of our campus community and foster an inclusive learning environment for our users. More information about the Campus Library’s Equity and Diversity commitments and work is available here:


The University of Washington Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of Libraries and Director of the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library. This is an exceptional opportunity to shape major programs, strategic directions, and service initiatives at one of the nation’s premier academic libraries. Under the general direction of the Dean of University Libraries, the Associate Dean and Director is responsible for strategic visioning, policy and program development, operations and personnel, and overall innovation and excellence in the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library. The Associate Dean and Director provides leadership for transformational and user-centered services; integrated educational and curricular programs; staff development at all levels; an inclusive environment that also prioritizes equity and diversity; responsive collections and information resources; assessment; and marketing of services. The Associate Dean and Director works closely with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and members of the Deans Council at UW Bothell, as well as the Vice President for Student Success and Student Learning, Cascadia College, and Cascadia College administrative teams to foster and maintain effective cross-campus communication and coordination. The Associate Dean and Director builds strong collaborative leadership relationships across the University of Washington Libraries tri-campus environment. 

This position is not tenure eligible. Please see the Librarian Personnel Code for the Librarian promotion process. 


  • Establishes, develops, and implements effective library staff, budgets, services, collections, and programs in support of curricula and research.
  • Creates and maintains accountability relationships with campus and community partners to ensure that the Campus Library supports a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace environment for all staff, and that all library services are accessible to a diverse community of users.
  • Works closely with the Dean of University Libraries and members of Libraries Cabinet to maintain awareness of University Libraries issues. Keeps UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library staff informed about University Libraries policies, plans, priorities, and activities.
  • Collaborates with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and members of the Deans Council at UW Bothell, as well as the Vice President for Student Success and Student Learning, Cascadia College, and Cascadia College administrative teams to foster and maintain effective cross-campus communication and coordination.
  • Works closely with colleagues across the UW Libraries to ensure the successful implementation of the One Library, Three Campuses policy on cross-campus services. 
  • Prepares annual budget requests, and monitors University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College Library budget allocations and expenditures.
  • Directs recruitment, onboarding, and retention of all staff and hourly employees; hires, supervises, and evaluates staff. 
  • Actively participates in strategic planning and development for University Libraries; the University of Washington Bothell Library; and the University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia College co-located campus. 
  • Participates in the management of UW Bothell and Cascadia College as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Academic Council, and Academic Affairs Leadership Council.
  • Participates in the management of Cascadia College as a member of the President’s advisory group.
  • In consultation with the Dean of University Libraries and the Vice-President for Student Learning and Success, negotiates changes to the MOU for library services with Cascadia College.
  • Communicates appropriately, effectively, and positively. Plays an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities, and events. Is familiar with and understands the UW Libraries Personal Communication Responsibility Guidelines.
  • Assumes responsibilities as assigned; performs other duties as required.


Position will be appointed at the rank of Associate or Librarian depending on qualifications and background. See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria:


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year. Sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax. 


Minimum starting salary $120,000 for Associate Librarian rank. Salary commensurate with qualifications, rank, and experience. 


While we hope to fill the position by Fall 2022, we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date. 



  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree. 
  • Demonstrated history of action in addressing systemic issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and increasing workplace diversity and retention of diverse staff.
  • At least five years of successful library experience including leadership experience in an academic library setting; proven track record of innovation and new program implementation; and understanding of the multi-faceted roles of libraries in higher education and the broader community. 
  • Excellent knowledge of current issues and opportunities for enhancing the role of libraries in research, teaching, and learning; experience in the provision of onsite, distributed, and digital services; understanding of current trends and changes in higher education; and demonstrated understanding of the role of grants, fundraising, and donor relations in libraries.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative management environment and to function effectively as a member of a strong leadership team; excellent interpersonal skills; and engaged commitment to organization development and mentoring. High level of energy, creativity, and affinity for productive ambiguity, and ability to foster collaborative attitudes within the groups of units managed and between those units and units managed by others. 


  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in planning, construction, and/or renovation of libraries. 
  • Familiarity with assessment and evaluation methods; motivated for creative, energetic, innovative, and on-going assessment of services, collections, facilities, and policies. 
  • Ability to advocate and engage diverse stakeholders, and have inclusive and culturally competent communication skills. Ability to engender partnerships and represent both the University Libraries and the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library in a variety of venues. 
  • Evidence of exemplary leadership and influence as demonstrated with a strong record of research, publication, and professional contributions. 



Applications received by 8:59 p.m. PDT/11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 2, 2022, will receive priority review. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling biweekly basis at the discretion of the unit.

The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy: 

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources) 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address, and salary requirements) 
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses, and specify your current supervisor) 
  • Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement* 

* UW Libraries Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement Guidelines

Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. We aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. We actively support the University in sustaining diversity, creating inclusive experiences for the UW community, and confronting institutional bias and structural racism. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than one page detailing your experience supporting or contributing to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in areas such as, but not limited to, librarianship, professional development (e.g., presentations, publications) and/or service and your vision for supporting or contributing to the Libraries’ commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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