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Course Content Initiatives Manager

Employer
University of Arizona Libraries
Location
Arizona, United States
Salary
$55,000.00 - $65,000.00
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2022

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The Course Content Initiatives Manager manages our programmatic activities to reduce required course material costs and assesses and communicates the value of the program to administration, departments, student groups, and faculty. They pursue mechanisms to improve seamless access to required course content for students across disciplines and instructional modalities when and where they need it. They advocate for increased uptake by faculty and academic programs of library-licensed, or other low/no cost content in their courses. They ensure data collection to improve the Libraries’ ability to demonstrate its value to and impact on student success and the teaching-learning enterprise. They seek out gaps in service and pursue resolutions that can leverage technology, novel licensing models, or other approaches to achieve solutions that scale. They provide point-of-need assistance and consultation as well as expert services, training, and support.  Internally, they also oversee select activities related to web content, including managing and maintaining a set of library-based textbook and required course materials pages. The Collection Management unit lead supervises this position.

Diversity Commitment:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES

  • Manages the Libraries’ work with the UA BookStores to acquire ebooks that faculty have requested for their courses through the textbook adoption process
  • Manages the Libraries’ work to acquire and deliver streaming video titles faculty have indicated are required for their courses
  • Provides point-of-need assistance, consultation, and implementation support to instructors, instructional designers, librarians, and staff regarding library-licensed required course materials.
  • Leads the libraries’ efforts to raise campus awareness of course material affordability issues and initiatives and to increase awareness, participation, and impact.
  • Manages assigned web content on the Libraries’ website.
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.
  • Other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries.
  • Strong understanding of higher education.
  • Demonstrated understanding of copyright, as it pertains to higher education and libraries.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and pursue them.
  • Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others.
  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem‐solving skills.
  • Ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments.
  • Ability to embrace ambiguity in a changing environment.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work both independently and collegially on a team
  • Demonstrated commitment to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
  • Initiative, optimism, flexibility, and follow‐through.
  • Facility with existing and emerging research tools, methodologies, and resources in assigned areas.
  • Awareness of accessibility requirements for websites and digital content 
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science or advanced degree in a related field
  • Three years of relevant work experience

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with course material affordability initiatives
  • Experience with acquisitions and licensing practices, including ebook and/or streaming video licensing models
  • Experience editing web content or building websites
  • Experience with learning management systems or other analogous digital platforms
  • Experience working collaboratively across units
  • Experience supervising the work of others
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