Director of Library Organizational Development and Planning
April 9, 2018
Providence, Rhode Island
Full Time - Experienced
Director of Library Organizational Development and Planning
Brown University Library, Providence, Rhode Island
The Brown University Library is seeking outstanding candidates for the newly defined position of Director of Library Organizational Development and Planning, with supervisory responsibilities for two staff currently comprising the Library Human Resources unit and also the Director for Planning & Assessment. This new leadership position will foster a coordinated and comprehensive approach to developing a supportive environment and culture of learning within the Library that actively anticipate and adapt to changes in technology, operations, and services. As a member of the Library’s senior leadership team, the Director will collaborate with others to develop and implement programs that promote the cultivation and advancement of staff capabilities in support of the Library’s strategic goals and assessment plans. Working with the University Librarian and other senior leaders in the Library, the Director will review organizational resources to ensure that programs, policies, practices, and resources are in place to support the core competencies, required service quality, and organizational changes that align with the Library’s short and long-term goals and directions.
With a focus on designing, implementing, evaluating, and continually improving the Library’s training and development processes for all staff, the Director will develop and implement programs of structured training and informal coaching to strengthen the capacities and enhance the skills of individuals, supervisors, and teams, thereby empowering Library staff through relevant training and competency-building opportunities. In addition, the Director will develop and implement training programs and methods that advance, strengthen, and sustain team-based approaches and collaborative decision-making. The resulting programs will emphasize staff learning and development and support a positive organizational culture that demonstrates the value that the Library and University place on collaboration and personal achievement.
In coordination with the Director of Library Planning & Assessment and members of the Library’s leadership team, the Director of Library Organizational Development and Planning will contribute to the creation and implementation of the Library’s strategic goals and assessment plans, along with the generation and interpretation of data to inform the Library’s internal effectiveness. Working with Library Human Resources staff, Library managers, and others, the Director of Library Organizational Development and Planning will oversee the planning and implementation of other human resource programs and services that support the recruitment, onboarding, retention, and ongoing development of Library staff. The Director will utilize a wide array of internal communication strategies (including web, print, face-to-face, and other platforms) to educate, inform, and energize constituencies within the Library.
- To fulfill these responsibilities, the incumbent will have significant knowledge of organizational development issues and trends based on work experience in libraries, higher education, cultural resources, nonprofits, or business.
- Experience with analyzing and improving group dynamics, communication, and performance is also essential, as is knowledge of productive teambuilding, leadership development, and supervisory proficiencies gained from developing or participating in programs addressing these areas of organizational effectiveness.
Additional qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree required (graduate degree preferred), with formal training or certification in organizational development and/or training.
5 to 7 years of organizational development and/or training work experience.
Working knowledge of design and development of competency frameworks, including experience with OD theories and methods, organizational analysis, and change skills.
Broad, in-depth knowledge of and proven experience with strategic planning, assessment, and introducing improvements and changes within a complex, rapidly changing organization.
Demonstrated success in leading and engaging staff through the processes of staff development as well as organizational improvement and change.
Significant knowledge of organizational development issues and trends.
Experience with analyzing and improving group dynamics, communication, and performance is also essential, as is knowledge of productive teambuilding, leadership development, and supervisory proficiencies gained from developing or participating in programs addressing these areas of organizational effectiveness.
Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce and workplace environment, while supporting professional development for staff at all levels.
Demonstrated record of initiating, designing, and executing successful programs for staff training, group process, conflict resolution, team development, or other related areas.
Strong project management skills, proven planning and organizational skills, and ability to deliver desired results and outcomes.
Experience working in libraries or other nonprofit cultural organizations is preferred; experience in labor relations and working with bargaining unit staff is preferred.
Outstanding written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to negotiate and balance expectations and priorities of multiple stakeholders.
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All offers of employment are contingent upon consent to criminal background screening check and education verification with results satisfactory to Brown.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
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