Dean of Libraries

OPENING DATE:  November 16, 2016

START DATE:  July 10, 2017 preferred

EMPLOYMENT PERIOD:  After year one, 11-month contract runs 8/15 - 7/15

George Fox University announces an opening for the Dean of Libraries position.  The Dean of Libraries reports to the Provost and serves as the chief administrator of George Fox University Libraries to guide vision and provide strategic leadership for all library functions.  A start date of July 10, 2017 is preferred.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Professors teach all truth as God's truth, integrating all fields of learning around the person and work of Jesus Christ, bringing the divine revelations through sense, reason, and intuition to the confirming test of Scripture. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University is an institution that values diversity as an essential dimension of God’s design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the chief operating administrator of the University’s libraries; oversees ongoing operations including allocating staffing, financial, and other resources.
  • Prepares the library budget for each fiscal year.  Implements, and monitors the library’s budget.
  • Serves as the chief planning officer for the operation and development of the University libraries.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the library, including collections, facilities, services, and instruction.
  • Oversees, either directly or indirectly, the management, evaluation, and professional development of all library employees. Recommends the promotion of library faculty to the Provost.
  • Represents the University and the library as appropriate in a variety of contexts, such as serving on the Council of the Orbis Cascade Alliance.
  • Serves on University committees.
  • Convenes regular meetings of the library faculty and staff.
  • Assumes responsibility for own professional growth; i.e., develops and successfully completes growth plans.
  • Other duties as required or as assigned in support of the library and its mission.


  • A master’s degree in library and information science or a similar degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school.
  • Administrative and supervisory experience in an academic library.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership ability, and service orientation.
  • Ability to work effectively with library constituencies, including both on and off campus and library consortia.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, current and emerging technologies that are reshaping the profession and library services.
  • A commitment to working with a diverse population of students is essential; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.
  • All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.

Salary and Rank

Rank anticipated at Associate Librarian.  Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. 

Application Procedures

Candidates should send a cover letter, complete application, essay on integration of your faith and practice, and a curriculum vitae to Dr. Linda Samek, Provost, George Fox University, 414 N. Meridian Street, Box #6246, Newberg, OR 97132 or via email to   Recommendations and other supporting materials may be requested at a later stage of the review process.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.