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Northwestern Pritzker School of Law – Circulation Services Manager

Circulation Services Manager


Manages daily circulation and access operations of Pritzker Legal Research Center; includes responsibility for supervising 5 full-time library staff and 3-5 part-time student library assistants, opening and closing of the service desk, checking in and out circulating materials, managing course reserve, ILL and document delivery services.


Specific Responsibilities

  1. Manages daily circulation and access operations of Pritzker Legal Research Center while maintaining a high level of customer service; includes responsibility for opening and closing of the service desk; checking in and out circulating materials; managing course reserve, ILL and document delivery services. Supervises 5 full-time library staff and 3-5 part-time student library assistants to complete library service support work in a timely manner; includes training staff on the use of automated systems such as Alma and ILLiad, and other Access Services duties, including shelving, circulation and entrance services


  1. In collaboration with the Associate Director for Public Services, coordinates all or portions of the talent management lifecycle (hiring, developing, coaching, rewarding, recognizing, managing information and optimizing talent) for full-time staff and students of the Access Services department in the PLRC.


  1. Oversees stacks maintenance; includes shelving and shifting activities


  1. Reviews access and circulation procedures and recommends changes. Under direction of library management, facilitates implementation of new or changed services; Collects appropriate statistics, prepares reports, assists in assessment planning


  1. Works in partnership with librarians from Research and Instructional Services and Bibliographic Services to ensure consistent and quality services.


  1. Monitors area facility conditions and directs requests to administration to ensure a functional, comfortable, secure space for patrons.


  1. Attends library and campus meetings as needed or recommended by supervisor.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience
  2. Academic library experience in Access Services, ILL, and/or Circulation
  3. Experience in customer service intensive position, preferably in a library setting



Minimum Competencies

  1. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish positive working relationships with a wide variety of people ranging from students to peers to faculty members; Ability to resolve patron concerns diplomatically and with good judgment
  2. Knowledge and experience with Microsoft office software
  3. Willingness, availability and flexibility to work a combination of daytime, evening, and weekend hours
  4. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.



Preferred Qualifications

  1. Previous supervisory experience

Preferred Competencies

  1. Knowledge and experience of Alma or other integrated library systems/Library service platform, including all circulation functions


As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


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Job Opening ID:  31899


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