Director of Library Services

Graduate Theological Union in California

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 10, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time


Director of Library Services

The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA [] invites candidates and nominations for the position of Director of Library Services of the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library to begin September 1, 2017. The Director is the Executive Officer of the premier theological library in the Western United States with more than 500,000 volumes, 1,160 periodical subscriptions, 295,000 non-print materials, and 500 special collections/archives; 6,000-7,000 new volumes are added per year.

The Library provides services to the largest and most diverse partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States with more than 1,000 graduate students across the consortium partnership, [nearly 300 of which are enrolled in GTU doctoral or common master's programs].

The GTU seeks a collaborative, visionary and innovative director capable of leading the GTU library staff and constituents into the new era and evolving role of librarianship and academic research library services. Candidates holding the MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution with an additional advanced degree in a research related field or theology are desired. Five years of administrative experience in academic libraries is preferred. A successful record in change leadership, user experience design and technology management will also be considered. Significant interest in theology or religion, and multicultural engagement are essential. The successful candidate will have a combination of academic library administrative background skills, a proven record of building strategic programs and partnerships across organizational boundaries.

The GTU [] is an ecumenical and interreligious consortium of 8 seminaries (Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Unitarian Universalist); multiple interreligious centers and programs (Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Mormon, Orthodox Christian, Sikh, Swedenborgian), other academic centers (Center for the Arts and Religion, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences), and affiliates (New College Berkeley, School for Applied Theology), and additional certificate programs (Asian and Oceanic Cultures and Faith Traditions, Black Church and Africana Religious Studies, Women’s Studies in Religion). The GTU offers PhD, ThD, and MA degrees with a 53-member Core Doctoral Faculty drawn largely from member schools. Other professional degree programs (including DMin, STM, ThM, and MDiv) are administered by member schools.

The GTU is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the GTU leadership team and who value cultural, ethnic, and racial differences are strongly encouraged to apply. A complete job description can be found at A letter of interest, CV, and names of three references should be submitted to Director of Library Services Search, Office of the President, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709 or by email to the Assistant to the Library Director ( Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.