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Assistant Program Director, Research Advisory Services (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian)

Position overview

Salary range: $58,365 - $140,603

Application Window

Open date: February 2nd, 2022

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Mar 16, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Dec 5, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Assistant Program Director, Research Advisory Services
Academic Engagement and Learning Services (AELS)

The University of California, San Diego Library seeks creative, collaborative, and service-oriented applicants for the position of Assistant Program Director of Research Advisory Services for our Academic Engagement and Learning Services (AELS) Program (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). The APD leads the user-centered design, delivery and assessment of virtual and in-person reference and research consultation services. The position will participate in the development of a new collaborative service model for the three programs in the Library’s Learning and User Experience Division: AELS, Technology and Digital Experience (TDX), and Spaces, Lending and Access (SLA).

Responsibilities of the Position - The Assistant Program Director (APD) for Research Advisory Services is responsible for developing and facilitating the vision of Research Advisory Services in the Library, in partnership with the AELS Program Director. The APD provides strategic leadership on user-centered service design, technology, and culturally responsive methods and practices.
• Reports directly to the Program Director and has a central role in planning, creating, implementing, and administering program services, policies, and procedures.
• Supervises eight-ten librarians and staff. Responsible for recruiting, training, evaluating, and supporting professional growth and development.
• Serves on the AELS management team, responsible for programmatic visioning and ongoing development of inclusive team culture. The management team develops and prioritizes internal projects and working groups and makes decisions on budgeting, resources, and staffing.
• Provides administrative and operational oversight for Research Advisory Services, including physical and virtual service points and specialized services such as systematic review support.
• Develops and implements strategies for advancing diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility in research advisory services, tools, and content.

• In consultation with the Program Director and service providers, ensures that AELS provides technologies, training and other support for subject librarians responding to user needs.

• Serves as a subject librarian, providing outreach, instruction, research, and collection development services in an assigned subject or discipline area and in collaboration with others.

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the top 25 public academic research libraries in the nation, plays an integral role in advancing and supporting the university’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service mission. The goal of the library is to serve the University’s vision to be a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. It accomplishes this through support of student and faculty success, support of research and learning through information resources, by serving as a place of community and inspiration, and by extending the impact of UC San Diego research through investments and innovation in scholarly communication and research data. In service of these priorities UC San Diego Library has 180 staff and an annual budget of approximately $32 million. UC San Diego Library serves the entire UC San Diego community and is committed to building a Library that reflects and supports our community’s values. The incumbent should be committed to building an inclusive, equitable and diverse culture.

The Library’s Academic Engagement and Learning Services (AELS) Program directs the user-centered outreach and communication between the library and campus academic departments, and the design, development and delivery of learning and research consultation services, online and in person. In doing so, AELS advances the Library’s role as a place for community and scholarship and in supporting student and faculty success.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego offers flexible work options such as flextime or compressed workweeks, and worksite flexibility. This position will start with a hybrid schedule with a combination of onsite and remote work. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community, the Library’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and LAUC-SD Diversity and Inclusion Committee . We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the University

With 42,800 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research. UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as well as one of the top schools for medical research. UC San Diego is also in the top 10 of all universities in the nation in receiving federal R&D research grants.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• MLS/MLIS, or equivalent advanced degree or experience.
• Demonstrated experience in a management position at an academic, research, or public library setting. Transferable skills would be acceptable. Leadership or coordinator roles overseeing library services or functions without direct supervision would also be considered.
• Ability to set priorities, make informed decisions, and build team motivation and consensus.
• Experience in providing library public services and demonstrated commitment to developing content and delivery methods that meet the needs of our students, staff, faculty and user communities.
• Demonstrated intercultural competence and ability to provide leadership in ways that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in Library services and culture.
• Excellent analytical and organizational skills and ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Preferred qualifications

• Three or more years of direct management experience in an academic or research library.
• Demonstrated ability to guide professional growth and develop leadership skills of librarians and other library professional staff.
• Professional service or scholarship in learner-centered methods, service design, or other areas related to library research advisory services.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

La Jolla, CA