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Instruction and Student Success Librarian

Washington & Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 24, 2024

Job Details


The Instruction and Student Success Librarian will guide the development of innovative and responsive user-focused services that support student learning, success, recruitment, and retention through extensive collaboration with campus partners, librarians, and library staff. The Instruction and Student Success Librarian serves as a liaison to several academic departments and the First Year Seminar program. This role includes active participation in providing reference and information services, information literacy instruction, and outreach programs to support student learning and research.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Creates, defines, and leads an innovative information literacy program to support and enhance the College's learning outcomes.
  • Coordinates the library's instruction and reference services .
  • Ensures quality and consistency of online resources that support information literacy, including research guides.
  • Assesses and evaluates information literacy and reference services and resources.
  • Plans and implements relationships and activities that promote library collections and services and contribute to the intellectual climate on campus.
  • Cultivates relationships and serves as liaison to other departments and committees on campus to create and participate in initiatives that support student recruitment, academic preparedness, and retention.
  • Participates in the data analysis of internal and external statistical reports to improve and document work outcomes and project management.
  • Serves as a liaison to academic departments and assesses and develops the collection in those areas.
  • Provides reference assistance and supports library events during assigned days, evening and weekend hours.
Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science
  • Demonstrated understanding of the concepts, goals, and methods of information literacy instruction.
  • Experience in teaching, preference given to teaching undergraduate students.
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to work flexibly and creatively both independently as well as with others in a team environment.
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated understanding of trends and issues in enrollment, support, and retention of college students.
  • Experience with outreach and promoting services to students.
  • Familiarity with a liberal arts environment.
  • Work experience in a library.
  • Interest and participation in relevant professional organizations
Supervisory Duties

This position has no supervisory duties.


The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.

Job Description Status

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Washington & Jefferson College reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.

Application Instructions

Apply for this job at . Please submit a cover letter and resume. It is recommended that all documents be in PDF format and uploaded at one time. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Employee Benefits

Washington & Jefferson College offers a comprehensive benefit package for benefit eligible employees; including health, vision, and dental coverage, group life insurance, AD&D and LTD coverage, retirement plan, generous leave time, and the tuition benefit programs. These benefits add significantly to the employee's total compensation package.

Getting to Know W&J

Washington & Jefferson College is the best of both worlds: a small-town college setting in historic Washington, Pa., with easy access to the bustling business and cultural districts of nearby Pittsburgh, Pa. just 30 miles to the north. Founded in 1781, W&J College is a private, residential liberal arts college that is focused on student success. Our dedicated, experienced professors are passionate about teaching and work closely with our students to ensure that they receive a quality, comprehensive education. For more than 200 years, our alumni have influenced change in business, politics, medicine, and the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, doctors, researchers, writers, teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions.

Celebrating Diversity

Washington & Jefferson College welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs who wish to participate in a diverse educational community. The College strives to be a place where all students, faculty, administrators and employees are able to live, study and work in an atmosphere free from bias and harassment. The College encourages civil debate and lively exchange of ideas in the belief that such exchanges promote understanding that will grow beyond simple tolerance of difference to embracing and celebrating the richness of diversity. Our graduates acquire knowledge and learn skills that help them thrive in a culturally diverse world.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.


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For two and a half centuries, Washington & Jefferson College has provided a first-rate liberal arts education that is both broad and practical, preparing students as ethical leaders poised for professional success. The W&J experience stands apart by emphasizing continuous professional preparation and the development of leaders committed to a standard of uncommon integrity.

As one of the oldest colleges west of the Allegheny Mountains, W&J College has been educating people who become leaders in their professions and communities since 1781. We empower our students to assume roles of leadership throughout campus, and we lead the way in integrating professional readiness with intellectual engagement. Ethical leadership is embedded in our DNA – it’s how we approach our work and live our lives, how we learn and interact with our peers – and regardless of your academic pursuit, you will learn the key principles of leading with integrity.

Our beautiful 65-acre campus in Washington, Pennsylvania is in walking distance of the restaurants, coffee shops, and community events in a growing downtown business district. It’s also just 30 miles south of Pittsburgh and all it has to offer. On campus, you’ll find comfy spaces for study and social time in our eclectic mix of historic and modern buildings. And, with a variety of student activities like concerts and movie nights at our amphitheater, there’s always something going on.

We foster a supportive, diverse culture where all members of our campus community are valued, included, and able to realize their full potential. You’ll find community on campus through clubs and organizations centered around your interests, and internships, volunteer opportunities and more, you’ll build your community off-campus, too. With more than 20,000 hours of community service last year, we're taking the lead in living, playing, and serving in our extended community.

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