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Director of Library Services

Job Title: Director of Library Services
Department: Library Services
Hours: 40 Per Week
Effective Date: 09/01/2017


The Master’s Seminary (TMS) seeks an experienced, energetic and innovative professional to serve as Director of Library Services. The Director of Library Services is the chief administrative officer of the library and is responsible for overall leadership and management, from strategic planning to daily operations. The Director will cultivate and promote library resources and services; develop and manage staff and budget; collaborate with TMS leadership, faculty and other internal and external constituents. Expertise with identifying and strategically implementing technologies are particularly valued.  

Essential Functions


  • Considers strategic planning for all areas of the library.
  • Builds the library resource collection, including selection of materials in print, electronic, and other formats that support the theological curriculum.
  • Collaborates with faculty and librarians to support distance and online students by providing library services to remote users.
  • Gives leadership in the wider life of TMS, including interaction with TMS administration, various departments and acts as liaison to the faculty.
  • Represents the Library at meetings of professional and scholarly organizations such as ATLA, ETS, or SBL.


  • Oversees all library functions including supervision of staff training, promotion of library resources and reference assistance.
  • Provides regular evaluation of the work of each staff member.
  • Prepares and manages the library budget.
  • Prepares annual reports for program and organizational reviews.
  • Oversees management of the institutional archives.

Information Literacy

  • Plans for and implements information literacy training for all TMS library users, including on campus, online and distance education.
  • Guides Library Web content and advises faculty and administration on Web content.
  • Aids Ph.D. students with research of proposed dissertation topic and bibliographic data.
  • Serves as final editor for style and formatting of theses, dissertations and D.Min. projects. Maintains institutional style guide.


  • Regular attendance is essential.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Competencies

  • ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree and an advanced degree in Theology.
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in an academic library setting, with at least 3 years of experience at the Library Director level, with skills in working effectively with faculty, students, staff, and others.
  • Experience in project management and supervisory skills.
  • Experience in Collection Development in the areas of Biblical Theology, OT Studies, NT Studies, Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Exposition.
  • Knowledge of trends and technologies in the library field.
  • Proven Christian character and record of working successfully with diverse populations.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • It is imperative that the candidates be committed to historic Christian orthodoxy and agree with and sign the TMS doctrinal statement and code of conduct. 

Preferred Competencies

  • Experience with ALMA ILS system and Primo.
  • Familiarity with regional accreditation processes (WSCUC)


Minimal General Qualifications

  • Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a demonstrated commitment to the doctrinal position of TMU&S and a continuous exhibition of a desire to minister and serve others in varied capacities. 
  • Must be able to get along with co-workers and the public.
  • Experience:  5+ years as a Director of Library Services in an educational institution preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, faculty, vendors, students, &/or community members of diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural, & ethnic backgrounds.
  • Have computer proficiency.
  • Basic mathematics and accounting knowledge is necessary.
  • Excellent oral and written command of the English language is required.
  • Ability to compose, proofread and edit correspondence.
  • Possess excellent organizational skills.
  • Exercise confidentiality, good judgment and discernment.
  • Service-oriented and able to interface with many people is mandatory.
  • Multitasked in an environment with many distractions is a must.
  • Reading and comprehending correspondence is imperative.
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation.

Working Conditions

  • Working Environment: Mostly indoors in a typical office environment, with an occasional need to visit other areas on campus.  
  • Physical Demands: Must be able to lift, pull, push, grasp and bend while lifting up to 30lbs.
  • Repetitive motions on a keyboard and looking at a computer monitor for an extended duration of time is required.
  • Travel: Some travel involved including overnight stays.

Additional Information

Prior to beginning employment, in accordance with The Master’s University policy and/or under federal or state law, all employees must:
  1. Sign and return an offer of “At Will” employment.
  2. Present verification of their identity and authorization to work in the United States.
If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply or interview for this opening please contact the Human Resources department.

The Master’s University & Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, marital status, veteran status or prior military service, medical condition, or any physical or mental disability.  We are committed to practicing principles of equal employment opportunity and diversity based upon sovereign Biblical principles.

Application Process

Completed application form from The Master’s University. This can be obtained at or by contacting:
The Master’s University and Seminary
Human Resources Department
21726 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, California, 91321-1200
(800) 568-6248 
(661) 362-2844 
FAX (661) 362-2717

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Human Resources department. Selected candidates will be invited for a personal interview at The Master’s University. Any expense incurred in connection with these interviews will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Application Procedures

All documents included in your application remain the sole property of The Master’s University and will not be returned. Your file for this opening will not be considered unless all requested items are submitted and are complete.