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Friday, February 10, 2012

F/T - Deputy Director, Library and Research Services - Council on Foreign Relations

Title: Deputy Director, Library and Research Services

Type: Full Time

Deputy Director, Library ServicesLocation: New York City
Full-time position

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 4,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,
CFR's Library and Research Services department seeks a versatile and creative information professional to join us as we begin to integrate the library's digital research collections with the institution's strategic enterprise content management (ECM) plan. The institution is moving to a SharePoint environment, conducting content audits, reviewing information architecture, and creating taxonomies that will underpin administrative and research processes. We are looking for a Deputy Director that can contribute traditional information management skills— content organization and classification, document management, metadata and taxonomy, digital asset and records management—to the plan for organizing and governing enterprise-wide content.The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to): 
  • Provide leadership in the application of information management and retrieval techniques to enterprise content and ensure that record management practices of CFR meet compliance standards for non-profit organizations. Participate in establishing and evolving taxonomy structures for CFR enterprise content management systems.
  • Develop the annual budget requests for both operating and capital budgets; monitor monthly reports of activity from the Finance department; prepare the midyear budget review; prepare special reports and projections as needed.
  • Prepare proposals for testing new research services, including content evaluation and comparative operating costs; review vendor contracts and participate in negotiations; monitor contracts with vendors and print subscriptions; implement approved systems.
  • Coordinate development and planning for library automation, bibliographic control, and access to research materials; work with IS staff to optimize use of internal databases and contracted research services system wide.
  • Coordinate collection development. Monitor changes in online and internet publishing and relate findings to CFR research and management needs; make resource allocation recommendations that maximize effectiveness of expenditures. Evaluate options for print vs. online, purchase-on-request vs. subscriptions, and expense sharing options.
  • Provide general and in-depth reference services and consultation on CFR research projects. Work with colleagues to develop library's research web sites and design information delivery programs that support CFR projects and administrative processes. Oversee reference service policies and research services training for Council staff.
  • Participate in departmental strategic planning and the evaluation of the library's research services.
  • Supervise staff and manage the work of the department in the absence of the Director.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science, Information Management, or Knowledge Management.
  • 5-7 years of professional library management experience in a complex academic, non-profit, or business environment.
  • Experience with information/knowledge management projects that developed robust research and information environments in one or more organizations. Working knowledge of information management principles, techniques, and technology for classification, preservation, search and records retention in both print and digital formats. Demonstrated skill in building taxonomies, controlled vocabulary and creating keywords.
  • Experience in financial budgeting and reporting, including strong analytical skills to monitor and manage research databases and research services for the organization.
  • Ability to approach projects in a practical and entrepreneurial manner, with strong creative, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to implement technological innovations to facilitate and improve library research analysis /delivery and to create reporting tools to assess research services.
  • A management and operating style suited to work in a small office setting, with limited staff support, where teamwork is highly valued. Ability to direct and evaluate the work of others and help them to grow as professionals.
  • Professional, network building, and interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a wide range of diverse individuals and groups. Exceptional communication skills and the ability to convey complex processes in clear and simple terms.
  • Proficient in the use of technology in all facets of work including standard office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Experience with integrating library and research services into a SharePoint environment. Extensive experience with SharePoint as a content management tool. Applicants with AIIM, ARMA, or ECM certifications highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated considerable experience in several of the following areas related to information management:
    • drafting information management strategies and/or roadmaps
    • developing information and records management policies and procedures
    • creating records retention schedules
    • creating and applying taxonomies and/or classification schemes in an electronic environment
    • developing and rolling out ECM communications and training
    • Second Masters Degree in international affairs, economics, or political science highly desirable.
Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the above address. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., NY, NY 10065
FAX +1 212.434.9893

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