Job: Director of Library Programs & Services

6.9.16 – Director of Library Programs & Services
Northern Marianas College, Saipan

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a position which tends to appears every 2-3 years. Any of the territories managed by the US tend to be a bit of a mess however any if you are seeking a funky and unique experience go ahead and apply.  I have never known anyone to regret going to the South Pacific for a few years.  If you would like to know more, read my Spotlight on Sam Crawford who is currently working there as an academic librarian and Acting Library Director.


Annual Salary:      $45,314.54 – $51,609.41

Nature of Position:   The position is in the Library Programs & Services Department and under the supervision of the Dean of Student Services.  It oversees the Saipan campus libraries and acts as a liaison to the Rota and Tinian instructional sites.  The Director is responsible for planning, development, coordination, supervision, and evaluation of all library services and staff.


  • Participates in Program Review and Outcomes Assessment (PROA) activities such as serving on committees and creating composite reports
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with a culturally diverse staff and student body
  • Directs policy for the Library Programs and Services department; including budget preparation, public services, technical services, the Pacific Collection and CNMI Archives, systems development, and collection management
  • Assumes responsibility for daily operations of library services
  • Reviews and reports departmental statistics and participates in Student Learning Outcomes assessment
  • Supervises the allocation and expenditure of departmental funds
  • Ensures the quality and balance of the collection according to accepted principles of collection development and management
  • Recruits, evaluates, and trains library personnel.
  • Establishes and assesses strategic plans for the library department
  • Manages the operations of the CNMI Archives and Pacific Collection
  • Actively seeks and manages external grants
  • Maintains the Koha Open Source Integrated Library system and all digital library content
  • Collaborates with local humanities organizations to increase community access to research materials
  •   Performs other duties assigned.

How to Apply: 

Employment application forms are available at the Human Resources Office of the College and a pdf. file can be downloaded from our website: using Adobe Acrobat.  Please submit the following documents to the HR Office:  Complete Employment Application Form, Authorization for Release of Prior Employment Information/Consent to Background Check, Copies of all required/preferred degree/diplomas, and Copies of transcripts of all required/preferred degrees/diplomas (except high school). Optional: Cover Letter and Resume (Does not substitute for content that should be on the Employment Application).

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from a U.S. Department of Education recognized and accredited institution
  • Two years of progressively responsible library experience.
  • One year of supervisory experience at the managerial level.
  • Experience with digital asset management systems or a historical research.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to academic research and information literacy instruction
  • Familiarity with Integrated Library System management, original cataloging, open source applications, and library metadata schema
  • Experience in archives management, archival processing, and digital humanities
  • An advanced degree in the humanities


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