Reference and Instruction Librarian — Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY


Hunter College Libraries is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and growth-oriented professional for the position of Reference and Instruction Librarian. This is a twelve-month, renewable, tenure-track appointment. The ideal candidate will be able to work across technical and public-facing areas of library services with a diverse array of talented students and colleagues. They will find interest in developing and sharing innovative approaches to librarianship and will share a commitment to participating in shared decision-making in committees across the Hunter libraries, Hunter College, and CUNY environments.

Reporting to the Interim Chief Librarian, this librarian will be based at Hunter College’s main campus located on East 68th Street in Manhattan and will support the libraries located at the 119th Street and East 25th Street campuses. Hunter College Libraries operate near many major cultural institutions and offer scholars and creative artists a vibrant and dynamic community within a highly diverse urban setting. As part of the City University of New York, a nationally recognized metropolitan university system, Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work.

Reference & Instruction

Provide course-related and stand-alone instruction sessions for students and faculty within the library and through videoconferencing, including at least 10-15 sections in the Library course-related instruction program for English 120. Provide reference assistance and research consultations for students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the library. Maintain online research tools and create research aides that facilitate library usage, including library web pages and research guides.


Serve as liaison to departments as assigned. Promote usage of the library by engaging above academic departments, promoting library services, and participating in outreach programs.

Collection Development

Assist with collection development efforts, including identifying, evaluating, and recommending, information resources for acquisition or de-acquisition.


Participate in and lead work in library standing and ad-hoc committees.
Participate in professional groups and events and contribute to the advancement of librarianship.

This description represents the highest priority needs of the Libraries but is not exhaustive. Other professional activities may be developed and incorporated according to the interests and abilities of the successful candidate and the needs of the Libraries.


Candidates with an MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution may be appointed at the rank of Instructor. An additional Master’s degree in another field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.
Willingness to engage in professional and scholarly activity and ability to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.
Demonstrated enthusiasm for experimentation and implementing new services, work methods, and developing innovative models to apply to challenges in scholarly communications.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
A collaborative approach to problem-solving and working across organizational boundaries
Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to create and utilize data-driven analysis

Preferred Qualifications

Expertise with the literature and information sources used in one or more academic disciplines.
Demonstrated commitment to expanding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Master’s or PhD in addition to MLIS/MLS


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


Salary commensurate with academic accomplishments and experience. ($52,267 – $90,375)

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website. To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 26158
Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts; new users should follow the instructions to set up an account.
Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please include:
– Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
– Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
– Names and contact information of 3 references
Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred.


The search will remain open until the position is filled. The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on February 15, 2023. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position/s remain open after initial round.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.