Director of the Jannes Library - Kansas City Art Institute


Location: Kansas City, MO
Salary: $65,000 - $68,000
Employment Term: Full-time
Employer Contact: Nancy Eastman -

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) seeks nominations and applications for a creative, transformative, and dynamic leader for its next Director of the Jannes Library. This position is an excellent opportunity for a thoughtful, pragmatic, and inclusive leader to provide strategic vision and leadership, expert day-to-day management of people and processes, and collections expertise appropriate to the depth and breadth of KCAI’s noted collections. KCAI seeks an individual who can collaboratively design new and innovative services that demonstrate the value of its distinctive collections to the intellectual work of a global community of scholars, teachers, creative practitioners, and the broader public.

NARRATIVE GENERAL DESCRIPTION Responsible for all aspects of library collections, budget, services, personnel, and facilities, including direct services for students, faculty and staff, technical services, and special collections. Responsible for the ongoing development and promotion of instructional resources to meet the needs and interests of the campus community and to support the mission of the college. Collaborates in long-range planning for the library and the college.  Represents the college’s interests in the local and national library communities.  

  • Manage library personnel, including selection, training, supervision, motivation and evaluation of staff and student assistants.
  • Promote library programming and resources to students, faculty and staff.  Ensure that communication regarding hours, policies, new initiatives and opportunities is accurate and easily accessible.    
  • Teach classes in the use of library resources as requested by faculty.  Host interested groups from the community for library tours, including collections and history of the library.
  • Train a team to provide one-to-one research assistance to students and faculty as needed. 
  • Regularly publish a list of items recently added to the collection in order to keep faculty and staff informed of acquisitions.
  • Responsible for digital services
    • Ability to train end-users in use of information resources
      • Collaborate with campus constituents to develop, promote and maintain digital resources


  • Determine overall policies and programming for the library.  Develop long and short-term plans for enhancing the library’s resources, services, and equipment. 
  • Supervise three full-time staff in the areas of Circulation /stacks maintenance and Library Instruction / Outreach; Visual and Archival Resources;  and a Library Assistant.   Ensure that the functioning of each area serves the instructional and research needs of students, faculty and staff, and advances the college’s mission.
  • Determine appropriate staffing to cover regular business hours, evenings and Sundays.
  • Prepare and administer the library’s annual operating budget.  
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director of the Library, maintain a comprehensive collection development policy; work closely with faculty to select books and other materials to support the curriculum; ensure timely weeding to maintain collection standards.
  • Order books, serials, and audiovisual materials; maintain orders database; inform faculty of status of orders as needed; pay invoices.
  • Negotiate licensing of online resources, including text based, image based, and streaming media; prepare terms and documentation for supervisor’s consideration and signature.
    • Troubleshoot with campus technology staff to resolve problems preventing the effective use of digital resources 
  • Develop the KCAI Library as a ‘Third Space’ for students and the KC creative community. Oversee maintenance of physical facilities.  Plan for adequate and organized space for collections, equipment, study space, computing facilities, special collections, special events and staff offices.
  • Oversee usage statistics on library resources.  Use statistics in planning and allocating funding for resources.  Prepare an annual report summarizing use of the collections and interlibrary loan services.  Prepare accurate and concise documentation as needed for college accreditation activities.
  • Report routinely to the department heads on matters of library collections and services; gather feedback from department heads on the effectiveness of the library in supporting each department.
  • Represent the library on college committees as required; act as liaison to academic departments, the administration and the trustees.
  • Represent KCAI in library organizations and to the professional community locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Perform related assignments relevant to the role as requested by the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs.
  • Develop strategic partnerships in alignment with KCAI’s strategic plan to develop new revenue streams for the library to increase its reach and services. 
  • Responsible for overseeing cataloging services
  • Cataloging: including original monographs, non-print media, serials, electronic resources, and overseeing the cataloging of artists’ books, artist files and archival materials.   Route routine tasks to Library Assistant, Visual & Archival Resources Specialist and student assistants for maximum efficiency of workflow.
  • Analyzes and resolves complex and non-routine cataloging issues
  • Ensure that bibliographic and authority records conform to current cataloging standards.  Be familiar with all aspects of cataloging software, utilize full capabilities of software for maintenance of accurate and thorough bibliographic records.
  • Track and report cataloging statistics quarterly.
  • Document procedures for adding materials, completing withdrawals, copy cataloging, and physical processing of each collection.


  • Assistant Director of Library
  • Visual & Archival Resources Assistant
  • Library Assistant   


  • Ability to use current computer equipment, programs and networked resources in use at the college; including, but not limited to:
    1. Microsoft Office Suite products (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint),
    2. Familiar with Google (g-mail, calendar, google docs, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of integrated library systems (ILS); ability to use advanced functions of the library’s patron and materials database; ability to use ILS functions to mesh with partners in the Mobius Consortium and adhere to consortium standards.
  • Ability to train end-users in use of information resources and scholarly research
  • Working knowledge of copyright law and the principles and best practices regarding fair use of copyrighted material in the academic world.
  • Must have strong administrative, budgetary, organizational and detail skills.
  • Ability to supervise personnel, to communicate clear expectations, to address problems in work performance, to resolve conflicts, and to motivate a high-functioning team
  • Ability to clearly communicate in oral and written form; ability to speak to groups.
  • Ability to maintain respect for all users and for users’ right to privacy.


  • Minimum of three to five years’ library experience at the director level required
  • Working knowledge of MARC format for bibliographic records; working knowledge of RDA and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules currently in use.
  • Masters’ degree in library science from an American Library Association-accredited program required


  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in art history; or a BFA with art history coursework
  • Previous library experience in a collegiate environment.

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Kansas City Art Institute intends the above statements to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an individual assigned to this position.   We do not intend these statements to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.   Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of this position at any time. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.  

Kansas City Art Institute is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, gender identity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. KCAI provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the job application process. If you have difficulty using our online system and need accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department about your interest in employment. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kansas City Art Institute’s Human Resource Administrator at

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