Dean of Libraries and Information Resources

University of North Dakota (UND) invites nominations and applications for an accomplished and visionary leader to serve as the dean of libraries and information resources. The Dean of Libraries and Information Resources at the University of North Dakota is the chief administrator for the university libraries, chief spokesperson for UND libraries at all levels, and represents UND Libraries to external partners on all local, state, regional, and national initiatives. The Dean is responsible for providing vision and leadership for UND Libraries in order to advance the mission of the university, increase and support research opportunity and productivity, provide pathways for student success, learning, retention, and achievement, and meet the strategic goals of the university, the NDUS system, and the state of North Dakota.

The Dean of Libraries serves as the chief executive of the Chester Fritz Library and its three branches (Music, Geology, and the Energy and Environmental Resource Center) with responsibility for all of the administrative activities of the libraries, including budget development, strategic planning, student and alumni relations, advancement and development, facility maintenance, personnel management, and public relations on behalf of the libraries and the university. The Dean provides programmatic and strategic leadership to the libraries and plays a critical role in the libraries’ development and advancement activities, including but not limited to new programs, acquisitions, collections (including special collections and the UND art collection), and fundraising.

The ideal candidate will have an earned master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program, or terminal degree in a related discipline and at least five years of progressive leadership in a research or academic library.

How to Apply

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of North Dakota in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Greenwood/Asher and Associates. For a full application package please provide a cover letter, CV, and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Please send materials to

The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.


Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Jim Johnsen, Vice President for Executive Search

Shelley Sullivan Feather, Practice Leader, Library and Information Science and Senior Executive Search Consultant




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UND is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status during the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.