Assistant Director, Library Operations -- University of Houston Downtown -- Houston, TX

Come help shape the future of an exciting, student-centered academic library in the heart of the most diverse city in the U.S. The W.I. Dykes Library at the University of Houston-Downtown is recruiting for our Assistant Director, Library Operations position. An integral part of the library's administrative team, the Assistant Director provides leadership in planning and assessment, and contributes to the smooth day to day operation of the library. Applications must be submitted through the University of Houston-Downtown online portal – Assistant Director, Library Operations.

This position may be eligible for Hybrid Work, working remotely for up to two days per week after the initial 90 days of employment.
Salary Range: $65,866/year or higher, commensurate with experience and/or education

The Assistant Director, Library Operations facilitates administrative functions for the Library, including data gathering and reporting, assessment, planning, budgets, procurement, and property management, and supervises the Technology Librarian. The Assistant Director ensures smooth library operations in the absence of, or as a representative of, the Library's Executive Director.


  • Gathers data on library operations and performance, and provides reports for public information, information agencies, government agencies, and quality control support.
  • Supports planning efforts with information gathering and analysis, and project planning oversight.
  • Represents the library at university and system-wide meetings as required, as a replacement and supplement for the Executive Director.
  • Oversees the budget, procurement operations, and library operations in the absence of the Executive Director.
  • Serves as property custodian, overseeing the library capital inventory.

Performs all other duties as assigned

Direct Reports:
Full-time employees

Delegation of Work:
Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given:
Makes final decisions on evaluating employee performance, hiring new employees, disciplinary actions, scheduling work hours, granting time off, and making recommendations on handling employee grievances and complaints

Knowledge: library management, project planning, assessment methods, trends, and issues in libraries and higher education

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to collect and analyze data; ability to present data in multiple formats to a wide variety of individuals and constituencies in the university community

Primary Work Location:
Works in an office environment

Physical Demands:
Work is performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements; individual has discretion in relation to walking, standing etc., and has minimal exposure to physical risks


Required Education:
Master's degree in Library and Information Science or a related field

Required Experience:
Minimum of five (5) years of related job experience

None required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Assessment experience
  • Project planning experience
  • Supervisory experience

About University of Houston Downtown
The second-largest university in Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a comprehensive, four-year, urban university in the heart of downtown. Led by President Loren J. Blanchard, UHD is a community of diverse faculty, staff, students, and regional partners dedicated to nurturing talent, generating knowledge, and driving socioeconomic mobility for a just and sustainable future.

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in size, scope, and service, now offering 46 bachelor's and 11 master's degree programs and 17 fully online programs within its four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences & Technology.

UHD educates approximately 15,000 students annually. With more than 77% of UHD's students coming directly from Harris County, UHD is not just a university in Houston, but Houston's University and an Anchor Institution for the region.

UHD is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military-Friendly School. While the student population is largely Hispanic at 53% and African-American at 20%, more than 64 countries are represented. Furthermore,
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston, and its graduates have the lowest student loan debt in the state. Importantly, 70% of UHD freshman students are the first in their families to attend college.

UHD is one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, which also includes the University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Victoria. Instructional Sites operated by UHD are University of Houston-Downtown Northwest, University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Kingwood, and University of Houston-Downtown at Lone Star College-Woodlands.

Required Attachments by Candidate: Resume, Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular/Benefits

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