Dean of Western Libraries – Washington DC

Dean of Western Libraries

Western Washington University

Washington DC


Job description

Western Washington University invites nominations and applications for the Dean of Western Libraries. The new Dean will have a strong understanding of the vital role of the libraries in the life of the campus. Supporting the Dean is a team of committed and creative faculty, staff, and students, who are passionate advocates for student success.

The Dean of Western Libraries provides strategic and administrative leadership across the Libraries and is supported by a Library Administration team comprised of an Assistant Dean, Operations Manager, Communications Manager, and Facilities Manager. The Dean of Western Libraries has the opportunity to facilitate and support the improvement of library user experiences and access to resources, from first-time visitors to the most seasoned researcher. The Dean is an active and visible leader within both the university and greater community, with responsibilities for engaging in Advancement and Fundraising activities that benefit the Libraries’ mission.

How to apply

For more details about this opportunity, including required qualifications and application process, please review the full position profileon the Academic Search Website. More information Western Washington University can be found at

Western Washington University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications and nominations should be sent to [email protected]. Nominations should include the nominee’s full name, position, institution/organization, and email address. The position is open until filled, but only applications received by April 4, 2023, can be assured full consideration.

A completed application will include the following documents, to be separately submitted electronically in .pdf format:

  • A cover letter addressing the qualifications and leadership agenda priorities.
  • A statement describing the ways in which you have fostered an environment committed to anti-racism, accessibility, equity, and inclusion. What strategies have you employed and how have you engaged historically underrepresented and/or marginalized populations?
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Names and contact information for five references with a note indicating the relationship to the applicant (references will not be contacted without permission).

The expected salary range is $160,000 – $175,000. Confidential discussions may be arranged by contacting Stacey Morgan Foster, JD, Senior Consultant.

Western Washington University is committed to creating an educational community, which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures, and which actively supports tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse cultures, backgrounds, and identities are especially sought in applicants.

With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference. 


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