The New York University Division of Libraries seeks a Head of Undergraduate and Instructional Services (UIS), a department with two core functions: (1) delivering outreach, partnerships, instruction, and services to foundational undergraduate programs and (2) providing expertise, leadership, and support for instruction that occurs across the Division of Libraries. The Head of UIS is an experienced leader in undergraduate library services and a successful partner with schools and units across the university concerned with undergraduate success and research engagement. The UIS Head is deeply knowledgeable about current trends and best practices related to undergraduate outreach, teaching with technology, information literacy, teaching, and learning. This tenure-track position reports to the Associate Dean for User Services, Outreach, and Assessment and is a member of the Libraries Department Managers Group and the User Services Steering Group.
The Head of UIS provides strategic direction for engaging with University efforts that enrich the academic lives of first and second year students, including foundational courses, high impact practices, student success initiatives, and academic support services. This entails cultivating partnerships with such programs as first year experience, introductory writing, freshman seminar, undergraduate honors, undergraduate research initiatives, peer learning initiatives, the Academic Resource Center, and the Writing Center. The role also involves leading the effort to build community, share best practices, and organize professional development for members across the Division of Libraries who provide instructional services and support, including subject specialist and other functional specialists and technologists. This position plays a key liaison role in collaborating with instructional technology design and support initiatives in schools and university IT.
The Head of UIS supervises three Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach Librarians and oversees the work of this highly collaborative department, which includes outreach and promotion, design and delivery of scalable physical and online library instruction, assessment of student learning, instructional design collaborations, and services to Global Academic Centers. Responsibilities also include conducting programmatic needs and outcomes assessment, representing the Libraries on selected undergraduate committees and initiatives and managing departmental administrative processes. Additional responsibilities include teaching library instruction classes and providing reference and consultation service.
Librarians play a key role in the educational mission of NYU by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting them to the services, content, and tools that meet their research, teaching, and learning needs. They participate in Libraries-wide committees and in professional activities outside of NYU and monitor developments and best practices in academic librarianship.
At the Division of Libraries, we are proud of our organizational culture and we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that supports a sense of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more about our values, see http://library.nyu.edu/about/general/values/
About NYU Libraries
Libraries facilities at New York University serve a large and diverse population of more than 40,000 students and faculty, including 24,000 New York based undergraduates across nine schools and colleges–including, for example, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, the Tisch School of the Arts, the Stern School of Business, and the Meyer College of Nursing–and from every U.S. state and more than 133 countries. NYU is one of the largest private universities in the U.S., and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, the Manhattan Research Libraries Initiative, the Research Libraries Group Partnership of OCLC, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Digital Library Federation, as well as regional resource sharing consortia. The Libraries also serves as the administrative headquarters of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium that includes The New School and Cooper Union.
NYU is one of the larger members of the Association of Research Libraries, with 319 FTE staff (63 of whom are faculty librarians). Librarians responded to 97,000 reference queries in the last year, including via 24-hour cross-globe virtual reference, and librarians reached 20,000 attendees through instructional sessions, and thousands more through orientations and similar events.
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Minimum one graduate degree (master’s level or higher) for consideration. A second graduate degree will be required for tenure review. One of the two graduate degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
At least three years of experience teaching and providing reference service to undergraduates in a library environment
Demonstrated knowledge of learning theory and information literacy trends
Demonstrated ability to build and sustain partnerships with library and campus stakeholders
Experience working with undergraduate research and information literacy campus partners, such as: academic departments, teaching centers, writing centers, peer-learning programs, etc.
Experience supervising people or managing projects
Experience planning and implementing collaborative projects
Experience with scaling instructional efforts (i.e. curriculum mapping, impact assessment, etc.)
Competency in using technology to achieve pedagogical goals
Demonstrated understanding of practices and principles for assessing student learning
Evidence of substantive contributions to librarianship and potential for impact in the field
Experience creating digital learning objects or delivering online instruction
Knowledge of the landscape surrounding affordable and open educational resources (OER)
Experience with social media and tools for outreach
Salary/Benefits: Tenure track faculty status and an attractive benefits package, including five weeks annual vacation. Salary is commensurate with experience and background.
To Apply: To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the name, address, telephone number, and email of three professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/49452 Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
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