Job: Director, Library and Learning Services

5/22/15 –  Director, Library and Learning Services
The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Sarah P’s comments:  Positions in New Zealand and Australia for non-residents were non-existent until these past few years.  Now I seem to see one pop up every 3-4 months.  They are usually only Director level positions however this is an interesting trend which I hope continues.


Director, Libraries and Learning Services
~~The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led University. Established in 1883, it is an international centre of learning and academic excellence. With 6,000 staff and over 40,000 students studying across eight academic faculties, the University of Auckland is a large and comprehensive university, and the only New Zealand university to feature in the top 100 in the QS World University rankings.The University’s commitment to Libraries and Learning Services is embedded within its Strategic Plan and is fundamental to its aspirations and activities. These objectives include providing a high quality learning environment; disseminating research that has the greatest possible impact and value for New Zealand and the rest of the world; and infrastructure of the highest quality possible to support our teaching, learning, research and community engagement.The Director, Libraries and Learning Services (who also holds the title of University Librarian) leads a committed and highly professional team of 250 FTE staff making this division the largest tertiary library in the country, both in terms of size and breadth of services provided. The portfolio includes 13 subject specific libraries, the stand-alone Kate Edger Information Commons (including Student Learning Services and the English Language Enrichment facility), as well as the development and delivery of a range of University-wide initiatives such as the compulsory Academic Integrity programme for students and research publications services for academics.

As a member of the University Senior Leadership Team, the Director, Libraries and Learning Services will have the experience and interpersonal credibility to engage and contribute strategically at the highest levels of the University.

The successful candidate will bring a track record of successful leadership of large, complex library services, with at least some management experience in the tertiary sector. Your leadership approach and management skills will inspire confidence and ensure success while continually developing this high performing unit. Your proactive, action oriented, mature and professional approach will enhance your ability to influence and build credibility with stakeholders and the international professional community.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual seeking to progress their career and make a tangible difference to our challenging and rewarding environment at The University of Auckland.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students.

Please contact the University of Auckland (as below) for further information regarding the position, University and life in Auckland:

Clare Litten, Senior Academic Search Consultant, The University of Auckland
DDI: +64 9 923 9096   Email:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, Senior Academic Search Consultant, The University of Auckland
DDI: +64 9 923 9006   Email:

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