Utah State University – Unit Head/Building Manager

Unit Head/Building Manager – Library Professional 3

The Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University seeks a faculty- and student-oriented leader for the position of Patron Services Unit Head & Building Manager.  As Unit Head, the position is responsible for the leadership and management of the primary services in the unit including circulation, course reserves, stacks maintenance and access to materials in the library’s onsite automated storage and retrieval system (the BARN).  The position also manages the Merrill-Cazier library facility; develops and maintains relationships with Facilities and other university offices; and communicates facility information to all library stakeholders.  The Unit Head/Building Manager contributes to long and short-term division and library-wide strategic planning along with other library unit heads and the library Executive Council as well as oversees the development and implementation of unit goals and unit-wide assessment planning. The position is responsible for managing projects, coordinating work distribution, annual report writing, as well as mentorship and supervision of the staff in the unit.  The successful candidate is expected to share with external partners and campus stakeholders the impact and role of the unit in supporting the University’s mission.

Reporting to the Associate Dean, Instruction, Collections & Patron Services, the position is a 12-month professional appointment.  The estimated start date for the position is May 17, 2021.

The Library is dedicated to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.


  • Supervise unit staff, provide performance management, mentoring and professional development opportunities and annual reviews for staff.
  • Manage day-to-day unit activities, including leave & purchasing approvals.
  • Manage the unit budget in collaboration with the Library Financial Officer.
  • Review/implement policies and procedures related to the work of the unit.
  • Facilitate unit-wide vision, goal setting and assessment of services and spaces.
  • Work with Associate Deans and Unit Heads from across the library to forward library strategic initiatives.
  • Build community; foster unit-wide collaboration and communication; and facilitate clear communication with the Executive/Unit Head team and broader library.
  • Advocate for resources and initiatives that enable the unit to better support the Library and University missions.
  • Maintain close contact with Facilities, UPD and other campus entities as necessary to ensure optimal functioning and safety of the Merrill-Cazier Library.
  • Oversee University requirements for physical facilities, e.g., annual inventory of physical properties, safety guidelines, disposal and surplus physical items no longer used, etc.
  • Monitor security for the building, including door security, lighting system and all security systems (cameras, panic buttons, etc.).
  • Coordinate shipping and receiving to the library including mail delivery and distribution.
  • Oversee scheduling and reservations for library facilities used by others, e.g., meeting rooms, foyer table, etc.
  • Serve on library and university committees appropriate to the role.  
  • Provide oversight for the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (BARN).


Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA­accredited MLS degree before hire date.
  • Five years of experience in managing facilities and/or patron-facing services.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience.
  • Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including listening, writing, and speaking.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience and orientation.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing assignments and needs.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues especially as applied to physical access to materials and use of the library facility.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Ability to gather, analyze, and report data.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and meticulous attention to detail.

Salary is a minimum of $55,000 plus excellent benefits. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package, to include medical and dental with a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation.  The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.

Review of applications will begin on April 8, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

To apply for this position, please visit the Utah State University Human Resources website at:     https://careers-usu.icims.com/jobs/3381/library-professional-iii—patron-services-unit-head-building-manager/job

Utah State University is a multi-campus, land-grant institution. Utah State University’s campus in Logan is located 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, within easy driving distance of many national parks. The surrounding Wasatch Mountains place USU in one of the finest outdoor recreational environments in the nation, along with cultural opportunities in nearby cities such as Ogden and Salt Lake, including the Sundance Film Festival.

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The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

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USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.