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Associate Law Librarian (.5 FTE) & Open Rank Teaching Professor (.5 FTE)

School of Law
Seattle, Washington State (US)
$89,544 - $110,000 annually
Date posted
Apr 4, 2024

Job Details

The University of Washington School of Law is hiring for one Associate Law Librarian or Higher (.5 FTE) with Head of Research and Instructional Services & Open Rank Teaching Professor (.5 FTE) for the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library.

*The .5 FTE Law Librarian position is subject to the collective bargaining agreement and represented by SEIU 925. For more information, please visit UW Labor Relations:

Under the general direction of the Associate Director of the Law Library, the Head of Research and Instructional Services (RIS) supervises the Law Library’s research team and ensures provision of excellent services to the UW Law community. In their faculty capacity (50%), the incumbent reports to the Academic Dean for professorial duties in the law school. The faculty appointment has a 9-month service period. It’s on a non-tenure track, with promotion eligibility. In their law librarian (Associate Law Librarian or Higher, with 12-month service period) capacity (50%), the incumbent reports to the Associate Director for law librarian duties, including leading the development and delivery of co-curricular courses as part of the Law Library’s experiential Technology, Research, and Ethics Initiative. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Is a member of the Law Library’s management team and assists in day-to-day operations which includes key areas such as strategic planning, assessment, communication, personnel development and technological needs.
  • Directs overall research and instructional services for the Law Library.
  • Oversees the work of RIS staff, interns, and law librarians.
  • Cultivates excellent instructional skills among all law librarians interested in teaching.
  • Ensures the provision of excellent research services for UW Law faculty, staff, and students and reference support for non-UW Law users.
  • Performs reference duties as required, including possible periodic evening and weekend shifts. 
  • Manages UW Law faculty requests for research, instruction, and training.
  • Responsibly manages the RI department’s budget.
  • Maintains statistics related to research, instruction, and scholarly services for various reporting requirements, such as the American Bar Association, IPEDS, and the Association of Research Libraries. 
  • Assists with selection, cancellation, and retention decisions regarding the Law Library collection, which includes both digital and print content.
  • Serves on relevant University, School of Law, Law Library, and professional committees as determined by their supervisor.
  • Develops and maintains documentation for primary job functions and participates in the maintenance of department and Law Library-wide documentation.
  • Contributes to the advancement of the legal information profession and legal profession through participation in scholarly and professional development activities locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Evidence of self-motivation, initiative, intellectual curiosity, a strong user service philosophy, and the commitment to continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to be innovative, flexible, adaptable, and comfortable with change.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A strong customer service orientation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues and to collaborate and work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of contemporary concepts and practices in law librarianship and commitment to engage in professional development in an ever-evolving profession.

The base salary range for this position will be $89,544 - $110,000 plus benefits, commensurate with experience and qualifications, or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination. The preferred anticipated start date is July 1, 2024, and it's negotiable.

All UW faculty engage in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The University of Washington School of Law holds to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Multi-culturalism, and Anti-racism as fundamental values. This work is an ongoing effort engaging the entire UW Law community. Candidates are encouraged to examine our Diversity web page and review the Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Multi-culturalism, and Anti-Racism see


  • At least 2 years of professional experience working in law libraries, including a demonstrable history of supervisory duties or potential for rapid growth into supervisory duties.
  •  Demonstrable history of curricular design and teaching.
  • MLIS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited institution, or foreign equivalent
  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school, or foreign equivalent

Application Instructions

  1. A detailed cover letter describing qualifications for the position, including academic preparation, professional experience, teaching, and research
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. The names and contact information of 3 individuals who can provide a reference. (Please do not send letters of recommendation at this time; the School of Law will contact references as needed)
  4. Diversity statement - this should include a statement of past and planned contributions to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits Information
A summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Disability Services
To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or


Founded in 1899, the University of Washington School of Law is one of the nation’s top public law schools; it also enjoys strong private support for leading programs in Asian Law, Global Health, Law & Technology, Tax, and Environmental Law. Located in William H. Gates Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility in vibrant Seattle, the School of Law is also home to the Gates Public Service Scholars program and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

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