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Head of Research & Instructional Services

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The J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is seeking a Head of Research & Instructional Services to provide vision and strategic direction in offering user-­centered support for the scholarly activities of the UNC Charlotte community. The following application materials must be attached to your electronic submission: ● Cover letter ● Resume/CV ● Names (including titles and company/institutions), addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. The Search Committee will not contact references before verifying permission with the candidate. The review of applications will begin February 28. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. For additional information about The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, please visit our Web site: http://www.uncc.edu. For further details about Atkins Library, please consult our web site: http://library.uncc.edu. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree. The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 008664
Working Title Head of Research & Instructional Services
Classification Title Librarian
College Library (Adm)
Department Public Services
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per year 12
Primary Purpose of Department

Research and Instructional Services provides the University and community with a relevant suite of programs and services designed to enhance information literacy, scholarly research, campus partnerships, and targeted assessment, in order to help students and faculty meet intellectual, curricular, and professional goals.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the job responsibilities and essential functions for library faculty should be interpreted in the context of the Library’s strategic plan.

Library faculty engage in service to the University, community, and profession. We create physical and digital environments that encourage learning and innovation, build and preserve collections, support research, and advance scholarship. We provide access to and promote the discovery of information. We help our communities become proficient information users and lifelong learners. Library faculty serve current and future UNC Charlotte students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Greater Charlotte and global community by sustaining the intellectual and creative life, and facilitating lifelong learning, discovery, and engagement.

Library faculty are expected to collaborate within the Library and beyond in the performance of professional duties that may include, but are not limited to: selecting, organizing, preserving, and facilitating access to materials; supporting teaching, learning, and research; providing outreach to the campus and community; and developing and maintaining digital and technological innovations.

Library faculty participate in scholarly research, creative endeavors, and professional activities to serve the Library, the University, and the information professions. Library faculty are strongly encouraged to pursue external funding for library-related initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Provide leadership and set priorities and goals for Research & Instructional Services (RIS) in alignment with the Library’s and University’s missions and strategic plans. Encourage the exploration and adoption of innovative approaches to research, instruction, and outreach to library patrons; regularly assess and evaluate services and resources.
Manage all operations of Research & Instructional Services: hire, train, supervise, and evaluate RIS employees (11 faculty and 1 staff).
Establish, communicate, and manage policies & procedures in consultation with RIS faculty, staff, and other constituents.
Mentor faculty librarians and professional staff; encourage RIS librarians and staff to experiment and take risks, to try new approaches, and to share experiences and materials.
Oversee training, scheduling, and delivery of in-person and virtual reference and research services in cooperation with other library public services.
Supervise the Instruction Coordinator, and collaborate in the design, implementation, and assessment of pedagogically strong, curriculum-integrated library instruction.
Lead an active liaison program to connect expertise with needs and opportunities; coordinate and supervise liaisons’ collection development responsibilities.
Represent the values and priorities of RIS as it engages in library-wide projects and discussions; advocate for the needs of RIS and support liaisons in advocating for faculty and student patrons of the library.
Facilitate and partner with liaisons in outreach to departments, programs, offices, and groups on campus and in the community; lead the relationship of RIS to library communications and marketing.

Minimum Experience/Education

The minimum academic credential required for applicants for faculty positions in Atkins Library is completion of a master’s degree in the field of library and information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association by time of interview.

Graduation with master’s degree in a specialized area directly relevant to the position description may be an acceptable substitute in certain situations if approved by the Dean. A second masters in another discipline or an earned doctorate is highly desirable.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

At least five years of progressively more responsible professional experience providing research, instruction, and liaison services.
Evidence of strong supervisory and team management skills in an academic library.
Evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and community.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills, and a strong commitment to public service.
Demonstrated experience collaborating within and outside the library to create an environment supportive of interdisciplinary research and discovery.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as well as independently; ability to act with transparency and collegiality to foster an environment of mutual respect.
Experience supervising librarians and/or professional staff in an academic library.
Experience with collection management.
Knowledge of the research needs of students and faculty at a Doctoral Intensive Institution.
Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in planning, implementing, and assessing significant library initiatives.
Demonstrated experience identifying and implementing new technologies and approaches in library services, learning, and research.
Evidence of intellectual curiosity, adaptability, and reflective practice.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications

N/A

Special Notes to Applicants

The J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is seeking a Head of Research & Instructional Services to provide vision and strategic direction in offering user-­centered support for the scholarly activities of the UNC Charlotte community.

The following application materials must be attached to your electronic submission:

● Cover letter
● Resume/CV
● Names (including titles and company/institutions), addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. The Search Committee will not contact references before verifying permission with the candidate.

The review of applications will begin February 28. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2017.

For additional information about The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, please visit our Web site: http://www.uncc.edu.

For further details about Atkins Library, please consult our web site: http://library.uncc.edu.

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.

The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to a criminal background check.

Job Open Date 01/29/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 02/28/2017
Proposed Hire Date 07/01/2017
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • UNC Charlotte Website
    • Another Website
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication
    • HERC Job Board
    • Personal Referral
    • Other
  2. Where did you learn about this posting?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Diversity Statement