Student Engagement Librarian

Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
May 06, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning commons seeks a collaborative academic librarian interested in working with diverse student organizations and providing outreach to underserved populations to fill the position of Student Engagement Librarian. This is a unique opportunity to shape the Library’s commitment to centering and enhancing the student experience (, and prioritizing affirmation and allyship with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) campus community (  This 12-month non-tenure-track position, at a rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian, is available July 1, 2021 and will report to the Director, Research Services.   Rank will be determined by the level of experience from the successful candidate.

As a member of the Research Services department, the successful candidate will be responsible for collaborating with Library Faculty to develop effective and innovative methods to foster information literacy skills with new and traditionally underserved students.  Working closely with our Coordinator of Teaching and Learning, this new role will also be responsible for supporting Library and campus needs by exploring new avenues for student engagement with the Library, formalizing partnerships with student support programs (e.g., Seattle University’s Alfie Scholars Program), and helping the Research Services department make strategic decisions about designing new services and/or programs to support students.  This role will include working alongside the Research Services’ new Student Peer Research Consultant (SPRC) program, serving as a member of the leadership team, and helping student consultants integrate our services into library instruction and outreach initiatives, and develop professional and leadership skills.  As a member of the Library Faculty, this position will also serve as an active member of the library liaison program with responsibilities to maintain subject expertise, develop collections, provide specialized research services and instruction, and create resource guides.


Minimum qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of:  Commitment to student success initiatives.  Demonstrated knowledge of current professional trends, especially those relating to research services, collection development, and instructional services. Commitment to contributing to a supportive, collegial work environment. Experience in solving problems independently and collaboratively. Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines. Effective oral and written communication skills. Willingness to accept and support the mission of Seattle University and its commitment to the vision and values of Jesuit and Catholic higher education.

 Desirable Qualifications:  Experience providing research/reference services, information literacy instruction, collection development, and/or outreach services.  Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism with experience working with diverse populations.  Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary and emerging information technologies.  Demonstrated ability to manage projects in a library, academic, or information environment.  Demonstrated commitment to research, scholarly publication, professional development and service activities in areas appropriate to academic librarianship and the disciplines served.  Experience supervising student or staff employees, or equivalent team leadership or facilitation experience. 

 Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in the dynamic heart of Seattle. Our diverse and driven population is made up of more than 7,200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

 In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals who will further enrich the diversity of our educational community.


Applicants must apply at and provide: (1) detailed letter of application identifying the candidate’s education, experience, achievements, potential to succeed in the position; (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) statement on how the candidate, personally and professionally, can contribute to the mission, vision, and values of Seattle University; (4) names and contact information for three professional references who can address the candidates experience and ability pertinent to the position. (Letters may be solicited upon submission of application). Consult the Seattle University website for the detailed job description. Application review will begin June 5, 2021. Open until filled. Library faculty appointment will be at appropriate rank, based on experience and service.