Head of Library / Chief Librarian

Leading UAE Think-Tank
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ref: GP088-01

The Role

Department: Library

Responsible for: Employees and products/services of the Library

Purpose: To assume leadership role of planning, directing and managing the Center’s large expanding library. Build on existing resources and library programs with the goal of producing the pre-eminent regional library focused on economic, political and social issues pertinent to the UAE, Gulf and broader Arab world.


Key Result Areas: Supervision and general management of the library and library staff, acquiring and implementing library systems, creating and implementing library procedures, continue with ambitious acquisition agenda


Role / Responsibilities:

1) Manages the successful establishment of a world-class library and assumes responsibility for ensuring a smooth transition to a new facility
2) Overseas management of library staff – including initiating strong recruitment, retention and training programs
3) Designs & implements an overall strategic plan for the development of the library
4) Manages fast-paced and ambitious goals (as laid-out by senior management)
5) Evaluates, establishes and implements technological needs of the library (such as cataloging requirements)
6) Creates effective cross-departmental working relationships and assists both in-house researchers, senior management and outside scholars with library queries.

Key Performance Indicators (KPI):

-- Ability to establish an “infrastructure” and lead a rapidly growing library – including building and implementing systems, work process and recruiting staff
-- Oversees a smooth and successful transition to a new library facility
-- Uses technical/professional knowledge to design and implement successful library programs
-- Applies management expertise in supervising / training staff, organizing, scheduling and allocating / delegating work assignments
-- Displays efficient planning and implementation of short—and long term goals
-- Ability to react efficiently to new challenges and needs of senior management in a dynamic and past-paced work environment
-- Critically understands the full process of library management and copes with complex and varied responsibilities
-- Establishes library goals and effectively sees them through to completion

Supervisor: Deputy Director for Community Services

Requirements

Essential Competencies

Education / Qualifications:
Masters or bachelors degree in library science or related information/management field or social science

Experiences:
-- 10 – 15 years in library management
-- 5-7 years in a senior management / supervisor capacity

Knowledge / Skills / Attributes:
--Strong knowledge of library management and evidence of ability to “create” and lead a very large specialized bi-lingual library
--Knowledge of the specialized subjects relevant to the Center
--Strong management, team and business-process building ability


Desirable Competencies


Education / Qualifications:
PhD. / Masters degree in library science or related information/management field or social science

Experiences:
-- 10 – 15 years in library management
-- 5-7 years in a senior management / supervisor capacity

Knowledge / Skills / Attributes:
--Strong knowledge of library management and evidence of ability to “create” and lead a very large specialized bi-lingual library
--Knowledge of the specialized subject maters covered by the Center
--Knowledge of the specialized subjects relevant to the Center
--Strong management, team and business-process building ability
--Knowledge of both Arabic & English


Core Competencies (Mandatory for all candidates to join the ECSSR)


Communication Skills
Using information & communications
Decision Making Skills
Embracing Change
Developing & Managing Self
Maintaining & Developing the organization (positive contribution to the success)

About the Company

Established in 1994 and enjoying perpetual growth and accomplishment ever since, the mission of the Centre is threefold:

To conduct studies and research on topics relevant to the national security and economic and social well-being of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region.

To facilitate the scholarly exchange of ideas and provide community services through the convening of symposia and conferences on topics related to the research agenda of the Center.

To actively assist and promote the professional development of UAE nationals through training programs.