Head of Teaching, Learning & Research

Employer
Smith College
Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Education, Instructional Technology & Design, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Other Professional Fields, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
Libraries Job Description

Job Summary

Direct and coordinate the activities of the Libraries Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) team of academic research librarians. Set goals and objectives. Guide professional development of staff. Develop strategies that align with the Libraries and the College. Promote and evaluate models for subject-specific instruction, outreach, and consultations that are responsive to the needs of faculty and students in a changing learning environment. In Collaboration with the Head of Collection Development and Management, lead the activities of the subject liaisons in selecting research materials for designated academic departments and help coordinate collection management projects. Serve as an academic liaison to select academic departments and programs to provide research instruction, consultations and collection development.

As a manager within LRT, a blended department of librarians, academic technologists, and spatial analysis specialists shared between the Libraries and ITS, collaborate in developing new service strategies and models in the Libraries and advocate for the collective decision-making of members of TLR. As a leader in the organization, participate in overall Libraries leadership activities, Libraries management team and represent the Libraries and LRT in campus wide activities.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Management

  • Manage the Teaching, Learning and Research team in collaboration with the Learning, Research and Technology unit managers, the Libraries, ITS and campus partners.

  • Coordinate with campus teaching colleagues to develop innovative instruction practices. Lead and develop the reference service program including managing in person and email reference as well as training for referrals from other service points.

  • Collaborate within the Libraries to develop consistent guidelines for collection development and management.

  • Develop thoughtful and user centered processes for scholarly support and critical and inclusive assessment that are scalable, sustainable and in alignment with the Libraries.

  • Update members of TLR on information and activities from other departments within the Libraries.



Public Services

  • Direct a program of user centered and multi-modal research support for the Smith community.

  • Lead and participate on the Libraries Teams, Committees and Working Groups as a representative for teaching, collections management and scholarly support.

  • Collaborate with the Libraries, LRT, ITS and campus partners in the continuing development of service strategies and models in Neilson Library.



Subject Liaison

  • Provide expert guidance to faculty and students in academic departments on research methods and resources across multiple interfaces of licensed databases and relevant internet resources.

  • Develop online learning content for the Libraries’ website, including digital learning objects, subject and course resource pages and other web-based tools and digital information services for assigned liaison departments and as part of a team of teaching librarians.

  • Participate in the Libraries’ general consultation service and contribute to Zotero citation management software support including individual assistance and group instruction.



Other Functions

Additional Responsibilities

  • Engage in continuous professional self-development and keep current with emerging library, educational technology, and digital scholarship practices, methodologies, and technologies.

  • Participate in the work of the Libraries through service on library-wide and Five College committees. Participate in library wide teams, committees and working groups and professional activities.

  • Represent Smith College Libraries at conferences and collaborate with national organizations in pedagogy, librarianship, and emerging library practices.

  • Perform related duties as required.



All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

  • Master’s in Library Science, Information Studies, Education or equivalent degree

  • At least 3-5 years teaching experience in a library setting or an equivalent combination of education/experience.

  • Leadership experience with public services in academic libraries

  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in pedagogy on the undergraduate and graduate level



Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Progressively responsible project, service or team management experience

  • Experience leading a team who bring a wide variety of methodologies and skills to their work

  • A strong commitment to public service, knowledge of current issues and methods of teaching research literacy, and experience with providing research assistance

  • Strong knowledge of collection development and management practices

  • Experience working in highly-structured organizations, program development, assessment, user experience, universal design and piloting new service models in libraries

  • Ability to manage complex projects and manage multiple tasks simultaneously

  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing service-oriented environment

  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills including customer service orientation with ability to interact with diverse constituencies

  • Experience in advising and designing digital scholarship and/or digital humanities projects for faculty and students

  • Subject area expertise in Humanities disciplines



Skills

  • Knowledge of or experience with copyright, privacy, scholarly communication and open access

  • Understanding of the principles of accessibility and universal access design

  • Expertise with technology including knowledge of current libraries discovery systems, the Google Office suite and Springshare products

  • Strong cultural competencies and a demonstrated commitment to anti-oppressive professional practices



Additional Information

Will include occasional nights and weekends.

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

October 4, 2021

Compensation Grade:

Grade G

Position Type:

Regular

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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