Assistant Director of the Library for Reference and Instruction – Manhattan College – Riverdale, Bronx

Manhattan College, a university of 4,000 students in Riverdale (The Bronx), New York, seeks an Assistant Director for Reference and Instruction in the Mary Alice & Tom O’Malley Library. This is a full-time, calendar-year administrative position reporting to the Executive Director of the Library.

The Assistant Director is responsible for the management and assessment of the Library’s reference and instruction programs, and (with support from other campus agencies) for the development of instructional materials such as LibGuides, videos, and interactive learning tools.


—Manages the work of three librarians; coordinates the reference/instruction activities of several others
—Manages the Library’s reference and instruction program through activities such as the scheduling of reference work, the coordination and assignment of course-related instruction, the evaluation of librarians’ instruction, and the identification of unmet faculty needs
—Provides reference and instructional services; serves as a role model for the development and delivery of effective learning activities
—Helps ensure that the goals, priorities, and activities of the Library are fully aligned with those of the College
—Establishes reference/instruction policies; contributes to policy development in other areas
—Documents, evaluates, and revises procedures and standards, as necessary
—Manages the evaluation and development of LibGuides, information literacy tests, information literacy tutorials, and related tools
—With the Electronic Resources Librarian, investigates and recommends appropriate systems and technologies
—With the Executive Director, evaluates the Library’s instructional programs and information services
—Maintains effective relationships with faculty, students, administrators, donors, and scholars at other institutions
—Provides support and assistance for other library activities including strategic planning and assessment, collection development, and interlibrary loan
—Facilitates librarians’ training, professional development, and contributions to the profession (e.g., scholarship and service).

Required Qualifications:

—MLIS or foreign equivalent
—Significant leadership experience in higher education, including leadership in the successful planning and implementation of innovative programs or policies
—Broad experience with reference and instruction, including work at more than one college or university
—Strong analytical skills; good knowledge of spreadsheet software
—Excellent oral and written communication skills
—Good understanding of research procedures in one or more academic disciplines; good knowledge of faculty roles and perspectives
—Awareness of major trends and issues in librarianship and education.

Preferred Qualifications:

—Experience managing professional staff
—Knowledge of software useful in the development of web sites, LibGuides, videos, or interactive learning tools
—Knowledge of strategic planning and assessment
—Experience with the evaluation and selection of books or other information resources
—Experience teaching regular courses in one or more academic disciplines
—Research experience (e.g., thesis or professional/scholarly publication)
—Demonstrated commitment to professional development and scholarly activity.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, email your resume/c.v. and a cover letter that addresses the position requirements to References may be requested later in the screening process. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Manhattan College awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, health, and professional studies. The College is an independent Catholic coeducational institution in the Lasallian tradition. We expect our faculty, administration, and staff to be knowledgeable about our mission and to make a positive contribution to that mission. Manhattan College welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups and those attracted to a college with a Catholic identity. An AA/EO Employer M/F/D/V.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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