Director of Library

Deerfield Academy seeks a dynamic and experienced Director of the Library to start in July 2017. We’re looking for someone who is a skilled manager and supervisor, cares deeply about the welfare of our students, works collaboratively with colleagues, and is committed to developing an inclusive community. As a private boarding school, Deerfield actively seeks to increase the diversity of its faculty. We also offer an outstanding working environment, excellent benefits, and students who are eager to learn.




Deerfield offers an unmatched environment. Near the Five Colleges (Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire Colleges, and UMass Amherst), Deerfield’s 300-acre campus hosts exceptional facilities both in and out of the classroom. Our students are engaging and excited to learn – and they are willing to work hard at their studies. Outside the classroom, they find ways to contribute to the community and enjoy themselves.


The Boyden Library was completely renovated January 2016. The resulting academic hub co-locates the Library with the Academic Dean’s office, College Advising, the Center for Service and Global Citizenship, and Academy Archives. The Director leads a staff with 3 professional librarians and 5 additional full-time and part-time employees. The Library’s collection is comprised of a rich selection of licensed databases and about 64,000 volumes.


Our faculty is committed to ongoing renewal. We seek candidates who are genuinely committed to their own growth, who are eager to work with colleagues, and who can foster critical thinking, empathy, and determination in our students.


Diversity is essential to Deerfield’s success. Diverse perspectives within our school population fuel creative and innovative thinking, build empathy and consideration, and provide varied skills and experiences from with the entire community can benefit. Deerfield actively seeks candidates who are members of or support traditionally underrepresented groups – especially in terms of race, sexual orientation, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic background.





This full-time, full-year position reports to the Academic Dean and oversees Library and textbook operations. The Director develops a strong, service-oriented staff and the resources, services, and technologies needed to support goals; guides and supports teachers and students in making best use of them; participates actively in the provision of services; leads collection development activities; works collaboratively; and assesses the Library’s programs.  Evening and weekend duty are required.  



Among the qualifications for the position are an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent degree; five or more years of experience in library management and supervision of staff at the high school or college level; ability to lead a team of experienced employees; adept with the various computer systems, software, and technologies appropriate to libraries and academe; integrated library system experience; and excellent oral and written communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills.


Apply here for the Director of the Library position.


Deerfield is a private, coeducational boarding school located in Western Massachusetts with 650 students and 132 faculty. The Academy was founded in 1797 and has no religious affiliation.


Deerfield Academy is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity Employment and nondiscrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status as a veteran or being a member of the Reserves or National Guard, or any other classification protected under state or federal law.