Colorado Christian University (CCU) seeks an outstanding leader who will serve as the Dean of Library Services. The Dean provides vision for the library with a strong alignment to the Mission, Vision, and Strategic Priorities of CCU, supports students and faculty with resources and services, and manages day-to-day operations in the Library. The Dean maintains faculty status and actively participates in serving student needs. The position is a 12-month, ranked, full-time faculty member who reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs of the College of Undergraduate Studies at CCU. The single, main campus library serves all CCU students with a print and large electronic collection and research help and provides services consisting of chat, Book A Librarian appointments, phone, and email help. The Dean manages a team of 4 library faculty (including the Dean), 1.5 full-time staff, and 8-10 student staff.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit University is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is“grace and truth.” This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU’s embraces an educational model that was there at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 200 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 9,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online. In addition, more than 6,000 high school students take CCU classes in our dual enrollment programs.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
Faith friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates, while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
We’re looking for candidates who have:
MLIS, MLS, MSLS or a comparable degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school. Preferred qualifications include an additional graduate degree.
Demonstrated successful management and supervisory experience in a library plus two or more years in an academic library.
Understanding of HLC assessment standards.
Experience with library interior design and planning.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, leadership ability, and service orientation.
Demonstrated effective work with library consortia and constituencies.
An understanding of, and commitment to, current and emerging technologies that are reshaping the profession and library services.
Competency with current versions of Microsoft Windows & Office and Zoom.
A mature Christian faith and practice.
Key Job Duties
Mission Contribution: Christ-centered higher education transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth. The Dean of the Library contributes to the University’s mission beyond the library through activities such as leadership on teams and committees and community development internally and externally, which enhance and advance exemplary academics, personal spiritual growth, and engagement with the world.
Serves as the chief administrator of the Clifton Fowler Library and aligns Library priorities with the Mission of CCU.
Manages personnel in accordance with University policies and procedures and federal and state law, leads visioning, planning, and scheduling of library services and activities.
Prepares the library budget each fiscal year and implements, monitors, stewards the budget throughout the year.
Evaluates and reports on a regular basis and as needed on the effectiveness of the library, including collections, facilities, services, and instruction.
Assumes responsibility for one’s own professional growth, and oversees the management, evaluation, and professional development of all library employees.
Convenes regular meetings of the library faculty and staff.
Participates in the College of Undergraduate Studies Deans Council, and provides information on the activities in the Library; works collaboratively with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and other Deans. Attends meetings of the Deans of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Represents the University and the library as appropriate in a variety of contexts such as attending Marmot Council (May or June), the Prospector Director’s Annual meeting (Nov), and other library association conferences.
Participates in the signature service of the Library, Book A Librarian.
Develops and maintains partnerships with the University administration, the academic Deans of the College of Undergraduate Studies and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, and the faculty and staff on campus to enhance coordination of mutual efforts toward fulfilling the University's mission.
Promotes and effectively advocates for continual improvement of library resources, facilities, and services. Provides a student-centered, customer-service-oriented culture in the library, and enhances the learning environment of the University by providing services that facilitate academic pursuits.
Develops, interprets, and enforces library policies and procedures.
Evaluates and integrates emerging trends in library technology to enhance library operation and services, including institutional repositories, open access, and open educational resources.
Performs other duties as required or as assigned in support of the library, the University, and its mission.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee may work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Regular public presentations to students, parents, and external constituents required. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Dean pay will be assigned by rank. Pay is assigned by reviewing a combination of job-related factors that may include: internal/external pay equity, the salary structure/pay grade, or a candidate’s qualifications/experience for the job. A wage range posted is not a guarantee of a specific wage and CCU reserves the right to make pay decisions based on economic and equity considerations. CCU does not determine pay based on sex or any other protected status. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.
With a heritage dating back to 1914, Colorado Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. Just a few minutes from downtown Denver, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences.