Deputy Director - Collections Systems & Infrastructure

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Reference 869330

About us 
Curtin University Library delivers an array of valuable and innovative services and programs to enable the University’s research, develop students as independent learners, and contribute to a vibrant student experience.
Your new role

The Deputy Director, Collections, Systems and Infrastructure is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and management of library services in support of scholarly information resources (acquisition, management, discovery and access), and innovative and effective information technology, infrastructure and facilities.

As a member of the Library’s senior leadership team, the Deputy Director is expected to establish and maintain productive collaborative relationships with senior University staff as well as with service providers and partners external to the University. This position also contributes significantly to the development of overall Library directions, plans and policies.

In this role you will

  • Plan, develop and implement strategies to address new and emerging trends in scholarly information acquisition, discovery, management and access, and oversee effective monitoring and evaluation of the Library’s Collection Development Policy.
  • Lead the ongoing development and promotion of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library archive and Library’s special collections.
  • Lead the management and monitoring of the Library’s operations budget and ensure the annual information resources budget is managed effectively and efficiently, considering currency fluctuations, price movements and supply of materials.
  • Lead strategic vision and implementation of innovative systems, technologies and physical infrastructure relevant to the design and delivery of leading-edge library services and ensure these are aligned with the broader University direction.
  • Foster and maintain productive collaborative relationships and networks with relevant Curtin partners, internal and external service providers, and in the broader higher education, technology and publishing environments.
  • Provide leadership to the Collections, Systems and Infrastructure teams through a demonstrated culture of positive outcomes delivered through innovation and excellence in continuous improvement, staff development and managing performance.
  • Strategically lead the Library’s risk activities, demonstrating effective oversight of the Business Continuity Plan and Operational Risk Register and ensuring relevant risks are identified, communicated and managed.
  • Deputise for the University Librarian and represent the Library on committees, working parties, strategic planning, projects, etc as required (on rotation with the other Associate Director).
Why choose Curtin?
  • Easily accessible location with excellent parking, bus station and end of trip facilities!
  • A vibrant campus with gym, childcare, wellness programs, medical and counselling services!
  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and 9th in Australia (ARWU 2020).

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Your specific work capabilities (selection criteria)

  • A relevant postgraduate qualification and extensive experience at senior management level within a complex management environment; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Proven expertise and extensive experience in the development and effective delivery of scholarly information services in a large academic library or similar organisation, including knowledge of future trends and relevant benchmarks.
  • Proven expertise and extensive experience in the development and support of information technology and facilities supporting complex library operations and resource management and access.
  • Proven skills in effectively leading, motivating and developing a team to deliver service excellence and continuous improvement in a complex and rapidly changing environment.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders e.g. staff, senior managers, professional colleagues, academics and researchers and external organisations.
  • Proven planning and organisational skills with a record of ability in structuring and delivering significant/high profile initiatives, in a complex environment, on time and on budget.
  • Experience in developing and managing complex budgets including comprehensive knowledge of the factors affecting library acquisitions budgets and a range of strategies to manage their impact.
  • Proven complex analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A professional qualification in librarianship or an aligned discipline (desirable).
Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter addressing the specific selection criteria and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role.

Applications close: 10pm AWST Monday 9th May 2022

Work Requirements

  • Prior to appointment, the recommended applicant/s will need to have a current criminal record check in accordance with the University's National Police Certificate Assessment Procedures.  
COVID 19 – Vaccination Policy

Candidates should note that Curtin University has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and Procedures which covers all staff, students, campuses and activities, effective 21 February 2022.

If you are invited to attend the next stage of assessments, you may be required to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status (or formally granted exemption) upon arrival, and if you are offered a role at Curtin, you will be required to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination or exemption status prior to commencing employment.

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process, please contact:
Kate Conway - Interim University Librarian
Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).

Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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