Associate Director for Access Services (71101) - Pratt Institute


Location: Brooklyn, NY
Salary: $90K - 95K
Employment Term: Full time
Employee Contact: Human Resources


The Pratt Institute Libraries are seeking a hands-on and service-oriented leader to join our team as the Associate Director for Access Services (ADAS). The ADAS will lead a department dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all community members visiting the libraries on the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. As a member of the Libraries’ management team, the ADAS works closely with the other department heads, library faculty, and staff to craft a broad range of services designed to meet the evolving academic and co-curricular needs of the Institute’s resident and commuter populations. 

The successful candidate for this position will actively support the Pratt Institute Libraries’ educational vision, demonstrating commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching, research, educational support, and community values.

The successful candidate for this position will be a proactive library administer who leads by example as they support, develop, and inspire staff in the mission to provide outstanding service and elevate the visibility of the Libraries on the Institute’s campuses.

Key Essential Duties include the following:

  • Lead access services provided at the Libraries including print, media, and equipment circulation, course reserves, drop-in research help, and resource sharing.
  • Direct operations of five service desks across two campus libraries. 
  • Effectively lead and manage a diverse access services team made up of four administrators, five support staff, and a team of student employees. Provide leadership and staff training to foster an environment welcoming to all.
  • Play a key role in accessibility and equity efforts in the Libraries. Cultivate partnerships with campus leaders to enrich the academic experience and support student success.
  • Spearhead outreach initiatives promoting library services and resources through the creation of engaging activities, events, tours, posters, publications, and social media strategies.
  • Work actively with the Libraries’ Management Team and others to set policies, procedures, and services that enhance the quality of library use for all patrons.

You can view the full description here.

Salary Range: $90K - 95K + Generous Benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Education: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent required.

Experience: Must have a minimum of 2-3 years professional experience in library management in an access services or public services department. Experience working in an academic library is also preferred. Experience managing schedules, budgets and personnel is a must. Experience mentoring professional staff and students is highly desirable. Experience with online circulation and discovery platforms (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) is essential. Demonstrated effectiveness integrating technology within the access services environment is required. Experience developing and executing effective outreach efforts is highly desirable. Experience working in a consortial lending environment is a plus.

Required Skills: Must have demonstrated skills in planning and implementing services and resources; and a strong access services approach, outlook, and commitment. Competence with information technologies and excellent analytical and organizational skills are essential. Must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary reference practice is essential. Thorough knowledge of information literacy standards and practices is a must.

For campus access requirements related to COVID, click here

Pratt Institute gives the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, an additional historic building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers. Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research- and inquiry-based education that prepares them for professional and personal success in creative fields and with the goal of contributing to a more just and sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Pratt Center for Community Development, the Center for Art, Design and Community Engagement, the Pratt Center K-12, and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates' diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt’s 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.

Application Instructions

Please submit your cover letter and resume. If you are selected for an interview, please be prepared to provide at least 5 References via our on-line reference tool system. At least 2 of your References must be, or have been, your direct managers.

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