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Dalhousie University, Dean of Libraries

Leaders International
Halifax (City), Nova Scotia (CA)
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Jan 15, 2022

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Dalhousie University is seeking a visionary, highly collaborative, and strategic leader to serve as our next Dean of Libraries.

About Dalhousie and the Dalhousie Libraries
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and the region’s only member of the U15 group of major research-intensive universities in Canada. Located in Nova Scotia (Mi’kma’ki), Dalhousie has four campuses, three in Halifax and one in Truro, as well as satellite locations in Yarmouth and in Saint John, New Brunswick. Dalhousie is a truly national and international institution, with more than half of our 20,000 students coming from outside of the province and 24% international students. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a diverse, purpose-driven community that spans 13 Faculties and attracts over $194 million in research funds. For more information on Dalhousie University, please visit: 

With five libraries, two learning commons, archival collections, a Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) Centre, a Copyright Office, and over 120 staff, including 33 librarians, the Dalhousie libraries provide timely, context-sensitive service in person or online. Dalhousie Libraries is a multi-site and multi-campus system and a leading collaborator and partner in the Atlantic provinces. Dalhousie Libraries strives to inspire the creation, exploration, and discovery of
knowledge in all forms through user-focused engagement with diverse communities.

The Role of the Dean
Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Dean of Libraries is the senior academic and chief administrator of the Dalhousie Libraries. As a member of Dalhousie’s senior academic and administrative leadership, the Dean of Libraries contributes to the fulfillment of Dalhousie’s mission and to the management of the University. The Dean promotes excellence in scholarship, research, and service and is responsible for developing the Libraries’ annual budget, overseeing their operations, and collaboratively determining appropriate complements of staff
and librarians. The Dean is crucial in defining and maintaining the standards, integrity, effectiveness, and efficiency of a complex, multi-campus, research-intensive university libraries system. The Dean also advocates on behalf of the Libraries and actively builds relationships internally and externally with the diverse communities served by the Dalhousie Libraries system.

The Ideal Candidate
The Dean must have a progressive vision for academic research library systems and a strong understanding of the related emerging issues and trends. The Dean must have a demonstrated commitment to service excellence, the proven ability to make well-informed decisions, and a successful record of strategic thinking, planning, and management. A strong communicator, listener, and relationship builder, the Dean must be capable of fostering a collegial and respectful environment and playing a leadership role in relation to equity, diversity, inclusion, and
accessibility. As the leader of a diverse group of staff and faculty spread across multiple sites and campuses, the Dean must serve as a connector, engaging authentically and collegially with individuals at all levels. With skills in change management and an approach that balances the need to innovate with a dedication to maintaining excellent user-centred service delivery, the Dean will be able to lead the Dalhousie Libraries into the next five years.

• A minimum master’s level academic qualification in library or information studies or a related field and eligibility for appointment at the rank of Librarian is required; 
• A proven record of senior administration and leadership within an academic research library system is required; experience in a similar sized academic institution and/or multi-library system is preferred;
• Proven financial management skills with experience administering multi-million dollar budgets and leading large teams is required;
• Demonstrated and sustained commitment to EDIA as shown through ongoing learning and engagement in these areas, demonstrated knowledge of barriers related to access and inclusion, and leadership experience related to research, policy, or programs to address issues of access and inclusion;
• A demonstrated interest and capacity for conducting research, with an existing research portfolio, is an asset.

Application Instructions
The appointment of the Dean is for five years, renewable, and is anticipated to commence July 1, 2022. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately.

For a detailed brief and/or to apply in confidence (include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and completed Self-Identification Questionnaire) contact Heather Fookes at Leaders International Executive Search,

A complete application must include a Self-Identification Questionnaire which can be found at Dal Self-Id.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Leaders International and Dalhousie University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities.

The successful candidate will be required to provide proof of full vaccination or may seek an accommodation from Dalhousie’s vaccine requirements on grounds protected under provincial human rights legislation. Visit the Campus Check website at for more information.

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