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Director, International and Areas Studies

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Los Angeles, California
$70,635 - $152,955
Start date
Nov 30, 2023

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Director, International and Areas Studies

Department: International and Areas Studies

Rank and Salary:  Associate Librarian - Librarian ($70,635 - $152,955)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: January 2, 2024





The UCLA Library seeks an experienced, team-oriented leader to oversee the research, teaching and learning efforts of the International & Area Studies (IAS) unit. The Director oversees a team of subject and cultural experts with multiple languages who serve a growing globally diverse faculty, student research and teaching interests at UCLA. The position is one of three directors in the Distinctive Collections portfolio and works closely with their peers in a collaborative leadership environment.




Position Duties


Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Distinctive Collections, the Director of International and Areas Studies (IAS) serves as the Unit Head and provides leadership for, plans, organizes, staffs, administers, and controls the budget of that department. The IAS unit is currently comprised of ten (10) full-time employees and student assistants. The Director of IAS partners with other units throughout the Library in order to maximize support for research collections and services, and collaborates actively with UCLA units outside the Library to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of faculty and students. Working closely with the Executive Director of Library Development and the Library Office of Research Administration, the Director of IAS also develops fundraising strategies and writes proposals to support the goals and activities of the department. the Director also serves as the IAS Department representative to Management Council.




In addition, the Director of IAS has selector and subject liaison responsibilities for an international area depending on expertise – either Latin American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese and ethnic studies or African Studies, African American Studies and the African Diaspora, and International Development Studies. Within those disciplines, the Head of IAS builds and manages collections, conducts public services (including reference and instruction), and engages in outreach to faculty and students.



The Director of IAS collaborates closely with colleagues within IAS, senior management within the library administration, and other department heads to achieve goals in support of the library's mission and strategic plan.




Specific duties and responsibilities include:



  • Manage hiring, supervision, training, coaching, performance reviews, and professional guidance for (5) full-time academic librarians and one full-time Library Assistant Write job descriptions and lead recruitment efforts for the division, in alignment with best practices for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Analyze and develop recommendations related to staffing, equipment, and training. Manage the division budget (~$2.5M) including collections, operations, student staffing, endowments, and other initiatives. Establish vision, priorities, and guidelines for the ongoing work of the division. Use data and assessment to support evidence-based changes to collections and services, including development of new services, as appropriate. Serve as the IAS Department representative to Management Council, Collections Council, and the International Council and participates on the leadership team for the International Digital Ephemera Project (IDEP) and Modern Endangered Archives Program (MEAP). Has selector and subject liaison responsibilities for either Latin American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese and ethnic studies or African Studies, African American Studies and the African Diaspora, and International Development Studies depending on expertise. Within these areas of responsibility, manages collections, conducts public services (including reference and instruction), and engages in outreach to faculty, students and communities in Los Angeles and around the globe to share knowledge and expertise. Serve as liaison to the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and nurtures collaboration between IAS and affiliated librarians in the four Ethnic Studies centers Collaborate closely with the Los Angeles Communities and Cultures Archivists in Library Special Collections. Collaborate with peers to establish and adhere to best practices in management, talent development, and public services delivery. Foster a creative, inclusive, team-oriented environment. Work closely with Library Development Executive Director and the Grants Coordination Council to develop fundraising strategies and write proposals to support the goals and activities of the department.



The successful candidate will be committed to promoting and enhancing diversity through engagement with and promotion of the [UCLA Principles of Community] (


Basic Qualifications


  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science required at the time of hire; OR Master’s degree (or other advanced degree) in Information Sciences or related field at the time of hire and work experience in a library setting. Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in providing and managing more than one area of academic library services and a record of progressively increasing responsibilities. Experience providing excellent services in support of teaching, learning, and research. Excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated leadership and analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and a strong commitment to service excellence. Experience managing budgets. Supervisory experience. Evidence of initiative and flexibility. Capacity to thrive in the exciting, ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a world-class research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities. Librarianship experience in African Studies, African American Studies and the African Diaspora  or Latin American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese and ethnic studies.



Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: 1) Experience in donor relations and stewardship; 2) Reading and writing knowledge of additional languages relevant to our holdings, 3) Experience in selecting and managing research collections in one of the areas of responsibility; 4) Knowledge of current trends in information technology as they apply to collection development and management and the provision of reference and research services in the humanities and/or social sciences; 5) Experience with the design, provision, and evaluation of curriculum, pedagogy and capstone/thesis projects for upper division undergraduates and/or graduate students; 6) Familiarity with description and cataloging and access issues for non-English language materials; 7) Demonstrated contributions to collaborative projects at the local, regional, national, and/or international levels; 8) Knowledge of publishing and book distribution practices in the regions, including traditional and open access, as well as key book vendors.


General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. This is a non-represented position. Within the UC System, most librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). As academic appointees, librarians are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance may be provided.


Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility.  Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program.  In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities.  Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.


As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.


Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here:


Applications must include:

  • a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
  • a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience;
  • the names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor; and a Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) -  Equity, diversity, and inclusion are key components of The University of California’s commitment to excellence. Thus, teaching, research, professional, and public service contributions that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion are encouraged and given due recognition in the evaluation of each candidate’s qualifications. Please provide an EDI statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing marginalized communities, and your awareness of and commitment to promoting an inclusionary library and campus environment. Describe your past, and/or future contributions to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Candidates are invited to review the following:



UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


Description of Unit

The UCLA Library International & Area Studies (IAS) unit located in the Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL), is composed of area and subject specialists who are responsible for building, managing, and providing access to research collections in all formats, in all subject areas and in multiple languages in support of research and teaching at UCLA. IAS librarians proactively collaborate and engage with faculty and students in their disciplines and areas of responsibility by providing high-level research, teaching, and consulting services -- in person, via email, and online. The department shares responsibility for staffing the YRL research desk with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of the User Engagement Division. IAS librarians actively participate in UCLA Library Teaching and Learning Services, taking the lead in the design and delivery of specialized instruction sessions for upper division and graduate level courses in their areas of specialization. They participate in the International Council, an enterprise-wide council that supports UCLA’s International programs, services and community engagement. They are part of the Distinctive Collections Portfolio and they work closely with Library Special Collections, the East Asian Library, and in cooperation with librarians from other UCLA units to meet faculty and student needs. They serve as primary library liaisons to academic departments and research centers in their areas of responsibility. IAS librarians are responsible for community outreach and engagement, producing programs and library exhibitions in their areas of responsibility. They participate in library, campus, statewide and international projects that require their global, local regional and multi-lingual expertise.



Description of Institution and Library

As one of the world's great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.


UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.


To enable these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public. It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and manuscripts. It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.


The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship. More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.


Whether on campus or online, the Library forms the intellectual heart of UCLA, a hub for cutting-edge discovery, scholarship, and instruction.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see:  [University of California – Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace](


Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.


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