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Academic Librarian (Assistant or Associate)

St. Jerome's University

St. Jerome’s University (SJU), a public Roman Catholic university, federated with and located within the University of Waterloo, is inviting applications for a tenured or tenure-track appointment at the rank of Associate or Assistant Librarian, with an anticipated start date of May 1, 2022 (subject to budgetary approval). The Librarian provides leadership and vision in planning and managing the Library and Archives at St. Jerome’s University. The SJU Library ( shares a catalogue with the University of Waterloo, and is part of the OMNI collaboration with fifteen other Ontario university partner libraries.

This position offers an exciting leadership opportunity in a beautifully renovated library: in early 2020, the SJU Library completed a 2.25-million-dollar renovation that includes 17,000 square feet of state-of-the-art learning, research, collaborative, and quiet study spaces; an accessibility lift; collaborative smart classrooms; and electronic compact shelving.

Located in Waterloo, Ontario, we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our University is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. We give thanks for the privilege to work and live on this land, and we are committed to building respectful relationships with Indigenous people and communities, to enhance our knowledge, and learn how we can have an active role in reconciliation.

At SJU, we embrace and celebrate the philosophy of educating the whole person – intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our commitment to academic excellence and to the integration of knowledge, research, and experiential learning allows us to inspire learning and discovery not only in our students but also in those with whom we interact. We foster a respectful, inclusive community that is centred on the well-being of our students and the promotion of the common good, consistent with the ideals of the contemporary Roman Catholic Church.

Reporting to the Vice President Academic and Dean, the Librarian provides leadership in determining and implementing library policy, developing and monitoring the budget, and short- and long-term planning and visioning for the library. The Librarian oversees all aspects of the library including public services, supervision of staff (currently one Library Associate, an Archives Assistant, and approximately ten student assistants), development and management of collections, Archives, the provision of research help, and information literacy instruction. The library provides support for all of SJU’s undergraduate academic programs and its Master of Catholic Thought program. The Archives documents the history of St. Jerome’s University from 1865 to the present and contains the archives of SJU’s founding religious order, the Congregation of the Resurrection.

The Librarian participates in the shared governance of the University through membership on Senate Council, Academic Committee, and the Administrative Leadership Group; chairs the Library Advisory Committee; is an active participant in service to the University and beyond; and serves as liaison with all departments of St. Jerome’s University and with the University of Waterloo library. Along with the faculty of SJU, the Librarian is a member of the St. Jerome’s Academic Staff Association. As a member of the academic staff, the Librarian pursues research and scholarly activities and is afforded research time to dedicate to these pursuits. The Librarian may also participate in teaching as appropriate to their expertise.

The successful candidate will hold an undergraduate degree in an Arts or Social Science discipline, an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (or equivalent) degree and should have a minimum of five years of experience working as a Librarian in an academic library. An additional graduate degree in an Arts or Social Science discipline is highly desirable and is a requirement for promotion to Associate Librarian. The successful candidate will have demonstrated strong leadership, collaboration, communication, and research skills, and will offer creativity, energy, and the ability to develop and deliver an engaging vision for library services at St. Jerome’s University.

This position will be filled at the level of Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian. As of May 1, 2021, the base annual salary for an Assistant Librarian is $63,346; for an Associate Librarian it is $79,728.

Interested candidates are invited to send an application by email, including a curriculum vitae and the contact information of three professional references to: Lorna Rourke, Associate Librarian, St. Jerome’s University:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 14, 2022.

All employees and students of St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo are required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or have an approved accommodation in order to come to campus. For more information, please refer to the University of Waterloo website: Vaccination Requirement (

The University respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity and welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all faiths and backgrounds. Applications from all qualified individuals are encouraged, however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates requiring accommodation should contact the Director, Human Resources at