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Associate Director for Public Services

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The University of Colorado-Boulder, Wise Law Library, seeks an Associate Director for Public Services. The Associate Director for Public Services oversees the day-to-day operation of the Law Library’s circulation, reference, research, instruction, and faculty services. This is a full-time faculty position within the law school, at the instructor or senior instructor level, with administrative, supervisory, and teaching responsibilities. The Associate Director for Public Services reports to the Director of the Law Library.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Law Library’s mission is to support the strategic initiatives of the Law School:

To be an outstanding public law school that provides students with a state-of-the-art legal education and prepares them to serve wisely and with professionalism; advances the development of knowledge through scholarship, testing of new ideas, and challenges to the status quo; and serves as a vehicle and catalyst for meaningful public service, all of which deliver high value to our students and have positive impacts—both locally and globally—on the legal profession and society.

In order to achieve our mission, the Law Library strives to create a culture of innovation, creativity, responsiveness, and excellence for all of our endeavors. The Law Library supports the scholarly and teaching activities of the Law School’s faculty, its administrative staff, and over 500 law students. The Law Library is a center for innovation in legal research pedagogy, and provides services to the University, the local community, and beyond through its digital collections, outreach, and collaborations.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Manage the law library’s day-to-day public services operations, including the supervision of four faculty librarians.
  • Develop and implement strategic direction for the law library’s public services and ensure the effective delivery of innovative services.
  • Provide mentorship to the public services faculty librarians in the areas of librarianship, teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Collaboratively plan and teach legal research, including Advanced Legal Research, Colorado Legal Research, instructional sessions for seminar law courses or groups of patrons, and other research-related courses.
  • Coordinate reference and research services to law library patrons.
  • Assist the Director with personnel, budget, library systems, and administrative activities as assigned.
  • Participate in law library collection development.
  • Serve on campus, departmental, local, regional, and national professional organizations, including serving on assigned law school committee.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

What We Can Offer

The starting salary range for this position will be $120,000-$135,000 annually, with the possibility of relocation assistance and recruitment incentive.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • J.D. from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an accredited American Library Association (ALA) program.
  • Five years of law library experience.
  • Experience teaching research-related courses.

What You Will Need

The following skills are critical for success in this position:
  • Legal research proficiency, including knowledge of key legal research sources and how best to use them in a variety of formats.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills in both one-on-one and group settings.
  • A strong customer service orientation, including a demonstrated ability to work flexibly with faculty, students, staff, and a diverse research community.
  • Knowledge of professional librarianship concepts, principles, and practices and a commitment to staying abreast of new developments.
  • A strong commitment to innovation, including comfort with technology and proficiency in various library-related technologies, such as legal research platforms, next-generation library systems, and other relevant technologies.
  • Ability to develop a teaching curriculum for a legal research class.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to exercise independent judgment and to work independently.
  • The ability to work as a team member.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships both inside and outside the law library.
  • Flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Project management skills.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Two years of experience supervising law librarians and/or law library staff.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Current resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for three (3) professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference.

The finalist for this position will separately be asked, later in the hiring process, for contact information for a reference who may provide a letter of recommendation.

For full consideration, please apply by January 5, 2024. This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs (search by job title or for job requisition number: 51895).

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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