Assistant Department Head/Assistant Associate Librarian

Oxford, OH
Nov 08, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Other Executive Administration
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Assistant Head of the Advise & Instruct Department assists the Department Head in providing leadership and guidance to develop high-quality, innovative, and user-oriented services to a diverse body of students and faculty.   The Assistant Head directly supervises a team of librarians in the department who are primarily focused on instruction and engagement and who also have liaison and collection management responsibilities.  The Assistant Head will be responsible for building and fostering a highly collaborative team within the department and Libraries, engaging in effective working relationships with Libraries’ staff; implementing a vision for information literacy and learning services in alignment with Libraries’ strategy; coordination and management of instruction and learning engagement projects, budgets, and workflow; and supervision and mentorship of supervised librarians and staff.   The Assistant Head meets regularly and works collaboratively with the department head as well as librarians and staff in a team environment to help develop and implement the Libraries’ vision and goals.  This position reports to the Head of the Advise and Instruct department.

The Assistant Head will oversee a team of instruction-focused librarians charged with development and coordination of Libraries’ learning and instructional engagement programs.  This includes articulating strategies for end-user instruction and engagement with classroom instructors provided by the Libraries; developing shared practices, resources, and learning objects for use by library instructors, curricular instructors, and end users, particularly for online learning and flipped classroom models; and cultivating instructional skills and habits of continuous improvement in Libraries staff who have instructional duties, both within and outside the department.  Specific duties include: Collaborate regularly with Libraries’ department heads to collectively plan and execute action plans and strategies; develop and provide high-quality, innovative, and user-oriented services to a diverse body of students and faculty; manage departmental activities relating to library learning and instructional engagement, including setting and evaluating operational goals and staff performance, to make best use of resources, staff, technology, and services while recognizing synergy with other departments; participate in development and implementation of a long range vision for student engagement and library learning, in support of the broader strategic directions for the University Libraries and the University, in collaboration and cooperation with other department heads and assistant/associate deans; provide leadership in fostering an effective, collaborative, positive departmental environment; selecting, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating library staff; managing change; problem solving; communicating effectively within and across departments; lead instruction team librarians in provision of library learning opportunities in introductory-level and large enrollment courses in all disciplines; develop and lead library programming related to student engagement and development of information literacy skill sets.  A strategy is anticipated including both programming intended directly for students, as well as “train-the-trainer” programming for library instructors and university faculty and instructors; represent and connect the library as needed at University meetings, events, committees, and other collaborations, particularly in issues relating to student success, academic integrity, literacies, and well-being; evaluate new trends and issues relating to library learning and instructional engagement; make appropriate recommendations as warranted; cultivate partnerships and collaborate with faculty and peers on projects; foster positive relations with faculty, students, and staff and promote the University’s and Libraries’ commitment to diversity; maintain and enhance professional skills through regular and meaningful professional development activities; pursue an active career path contributing to the field of academic librarianship.

Require:  Master’s degree or higher in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or non-U.S. equivalent; at least three years of experience working in an academic library; familiarity with current and emerging technologies; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills; demonstrated initiative, the ability to manage multiple projects and a commitment to professional development; demonstrated evidence of strong leadership, management and mentoring skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other library units; demonstrated commitment to quality customer service and ability to build and sustain customer relationships; ability to meet the Libraries’ promotion and continuing contract requirements.  (see

To be appointed as Associate Librarian a record of scholarship and professional achievement appropriate for this rank is required.  See:

Desire:  At least five years of experience working in an academic library in a position with library learning and instruction responsibilities; prior experience supervising librarians; experience working with faculty, with grant writing, working with diverse groups to reach common goals, and assessing instructional services for effectiveness; demonstrated interest, experience, or ability to build an inclusive work and educational environment.

Submit cover, resume and list of three references to   Inquiries about the posting can be directed to Donna Richardson at  Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2017 and continues until position is filled. 

Miami University, an EO/AA employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.

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