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.
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.
Deerfield offers an unmatched environment for teaching. Near the Five Colleges (Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, and UMass Amherst), Deerfield’s 300-acre campus hosts exceptional facilities that enable powerful teaching 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 class...room, our community is focused on active and ethical living.
Our teachers are committed to ongoing renewal. We seek candidates who are committed to their own professional growth, who are eager to work with colleagues in a productive manner towards departmental goals, and who can foster critical thinking, empathy, and determination in our students. As a boarding school, our faculty teach, mentor, and model—in the classroom, in the dorm, at the dining hall, and on the playing field.
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 which 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.
Deerfield Academy is a private, coeducational boarding school located in western Massachusetts with 650 students and 130 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.