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University of Massachusetts Amherst Head of Academic Engagement - Libraries in Amherst, Massachusetts

Head of Academic Engagement - Libraries

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Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Lib - Res & Learning Services

Union:MSP

Categories: Library

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Head of Academic Engagement leads a dynamic and evolving team of liaison librarians for the arts, business, humanities, and social sciences to provide innovative and high-quality research assistance and instructional services for students, faculty, and staff of UMass Amherst. The position is responsible for leading, managing, innovating, goal setting, marketing, and assessing all functions of the department in partnership with other departments within Research & Learning and across the Libraries. The Head of Academic Engagement serves a critical role in ensuring the Libraries are poised to meet the research and student success goals outlined in the University's strategic plan.

Essential Functions

  • Provides vision and direction for the Libraries’ Academic Engagement department, focused on the arts, business, humanities, and social sciences, including strengthening and promoting existing services and developing new services.

  • Assigns, supervises, and evaluates the work of the Academic Engagement team, and provides mentorship for team members.

  • Assists the Associate Dean, Research & Learning (along with the Head, Science and Engineering Library) with coordination of the Academic Liaison Program.

  • Aligns departmental planning, priorities, goals, and services with the strategic initiatives of the Libraries and the University.

  • Reports departmental progress regularly and makes data-driven decisions about academic engagement programs and activities through development and implementation of departmental qualitative and quantitative assessments and participation in division and library-wide assessment initiatives.

  • Keeps apprised of key issues and trends in academic support, digital scholarship, information and data literacy, open access, open educational resources, research data management, research impact metrics, scholarly communication, academic libraries, and higher education, and regularly incorporates this knowledge into planning and sharing of information with library colleagues and campus partners as relevant.

Other Functions

  • Serves on internal committees as assigned and may be asked to represent the Libraries on campus committees, Five College Committees, and Boston Library Consortium Committees, and/or at other selected professional meetings and conferences.

  • Participates in professional development and continuing education activities, including service in professional and scholarly associations, and presenting and publishing on work-related topics.

  • Works a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or required to meet the goals of the department, Libraries, and University.

Organizational Values

  • Commitment to support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within libraries and institution.

  • Ability to build and sustain effective working relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment.

  • Purposefully promote a One Library environment for all that encourages inclusion, personal growth, respect, self-reflection, curiosity, and continuous learning.

  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Graduate degree in librarianship (from a program accredited by the American Library Association) or related field, or combination of an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and experience in libraries, archives, museums, or similar institutions.

  • Minimum of four (4) years management and/or leadership experience in an academic library, along with the ability to articulate vision, set direction, and accomplish initiatives in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Demonstrated commitment to understanding the academic research library's role in areas including research, teaching, and learning, and of current and emerging trends/issues related to academic support, digital scholarship, information and data literacy, open access, open educational resources, research data management, scholarly communication, academic libraries, and higher education, and the ability to use this understanding to serve patrons in a research library setting.

  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing, marketing, and assessing innovative approaches to offering research assistance and information literacy services.

  • Evidence of commitment to user-centered service to students and faculty in an academic institution contributing to student success and research advancement.

  • Evidence of commitment to support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within libraries and the institution.

  • Evidence of participation in professional development and continuing education activities, professional and scholarly associations, and presenting and publishing on work-related topics.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be self-directed, problem-solve, and demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, service excellence, innovation, and creativity.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective working relationships within the library and externally on campus, and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment.

  • Strong organizational, project, and time management skills to lead or coordinate multiple projects and work with minimal supervision.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Successful experience leading inclusive cross-departmental teams to accomplish projects and initiatives.

  • Demonstrated experience of qualitative and quantitative assessment of research assistance and information literacy instruction including analysis of results.

  • Demonstrated project management experience.

  • Experience developing, implementing, marketing, and assessing innovative approaches to offering research assistance and information literacy services.

  • Experience establishing and managing relationships between the library and academic departments or research programs.

  • Experience in mentoring and promoting professional development for direct reports.

  • Demonstrated experience with technology supporting academic engagement, such as learning management systems and Springshare's suite of software.

Work Schedule

  • The regular working schedule for this position is Monday - Friday, day hours.

  • The incumbent of the position is expected to work on a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.

Salary Information

  • Librarian III or IV.

  • Librarian III salary floor: $69,500.

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Nov 23 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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