Director of Learning Commons

Job description

Category:: Administrative/Staff
Department:: Library
Locations:: Springfield, MA
Posted:: Sep 17, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 2520

About American International College:

American International College is a private, coeducational institution of higher education located on a 70+ acre campus in Springfield, Massachusetts. The campus has 42 buildings on two sites approximately 1/2 mile apart with a total of approximately 660,000 gross square feet. Included in the inventory of buildings are student residences for a resident population of 900 students. Founded in 1885, the College has approximately 3200 graduate and undergraduate students. AIC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through the Schools of Business, Arts and Sciences; Health Sciences; and Education. The mission of the College is to transform student lives through career focused learning, with a strong foundation in the liberal arts, a commitment to serving the community, and a high level of involvement in the global economy.

AIC strives to create a diverse and inclusive campus community that is representative, at all job levels, of the students we serve. We are an EEO employer and we welcome applications from individuals for positions where they are underrepresented.

Job Description:

  • Manage the operations of each components of the commons: library collections, library technology, and information literacy engagement and teaching. Oversee the personnel of each area of the commons; Hiring, supervising, and evaluating annual and ongoing performance for support services and teaching librarians, professional staff of two information literacy librarians and a team of support staff and work study positions.

  • Coordinate all activities of the Learning Commons in such a way as to maximize student and faculty use of the resources and implement the strategic plan for the Learning Commons. Interface between people, information, and technology while supporting the future of library and academic technology to meet student and faculty outcomes.

  • Focus on creating a collaborative learning space that maximizes student and faculty use of library resources; collect and assess data to evaluate student benefit from library services and usage to ensure alignment of programs.

  • Develops and manages the budget for library services and holdings, participates in curriculum, program review, and distance learning committees, while ensuring representation of the Learning Commons on other related committee and working groups.

  • Lead meaningful student-centered collaborations across campus; specifically with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship; the Center of Navigating Educational Success Together; and Center for Accessibility Services and Academic Accommodations to enhance and improve Learning Commons services.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Required Degree(s): Master's degree in Information and Library Science

  • Preferred Degree(s): Ph.D. in Information and Library Science

  • Required Field of Expertise: 3-5 years in Information and Library Science

  • Preferred Field of Expertise: Education, Leadership, or Management


  • Experience collaborating with diverse student groups and populations in the delivery of educational programs
  • Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment with a broad range of people including colleagues, students, faculty, staff, and administrators from backgrounds culturally diverse.
  • Experience in hiring, supervising, and evaluating annual and ongoing performance for support services and teaching librarians.
  • Skillful and strategic when maintaining a budget; competent to review, approve, and monitor expenditures.
  • Cultivate staff excellence and growth in performing job duties.
  • Natural collaborative approach within Learning Commons team and across campus departments.
  • Guides the assessment of satisfaction and effectiveness of Learning Commons programs and services.
  • Must possess a visionary leader style
  • Comfortable in ambiguity, effective at building relationships, and strategic with new initiatives.

Additional Information:

Work Schedule

This is a full-time, exempt level, benefit eligible position. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, flexible to the needs of the department. Occasional nights and weekends required.

AIC is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Instructions:

Qualified applicants should save and submit the following documents with the online application.

  • Brief cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Contact information for three professional references (one of which must be a current or prior supervisor)

Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.




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Posted: 9/18/2020
Application Due: 12/17/2020
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