UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.
As the largest publicly funded library system in New England, the UMass Amherst Libraries are key partners in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Libraries are recognized internationally as leaders in such areas as Open Education Resources and Scholarly Communications and in the development of innovative student spaces including a variety of Learning Commons and the first large-scale 3D printing center in a university library anywhere. The central library building, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, is the tallest academic library structure in the world, named for the Massachusetts native, founder of the NAACP, and life-long scholar on the subject of social change, and is home to the Du Bois Papers, a 100,000+ item collection. Supporting freedom of inquiry, the Libraries foster a diverse and inclusive environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the critical skills necessary for lifelong learning.
The UMass Amherst Libraries seek an innovative and dynamic department head to lead the Science and Engineering Library branch:
- Provide proactive leadership and oversight for programs and services that support teaching, learning, and research activities of students, scholars, and researchers across the university and beyond.
- Direct the development and implementation of new programs and services for the STEM disciplines.
- Formulate, revise, and implement policies and procedures in response to evolving operational needs as required. Interpret such policies and procedures for students, faculty and staff.
- Supervise, coordinate, and evaluate all activities and operations of the Science and Engineering Library. Evaluate and mentor department staff as individuals and as a team.
- Empower staff to make independent decisions at appropriate operational levels, holding staff accountable for successful completion of assignments, establishing workloads and procedures, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, and coaching and counseling as needed.
- Meet with departments, campus institutes, and campus partners to assess library needs in the face of changing and interdisciplinary teaching and research.
- Serve as a liaison to one or more STEM disciplines.
- Lead library efforts to support international students in close collaboration with other library units, the International Programs Office, and other campus units.
- In collaboration with library staff and other key stakeholders, develop a bold new vision for reimagining the Science and Engineering Library space to meet 21st century graduate student and faculty needs.
- Align departmental planning, priorities, goals, objectives and services with strategic initiatives of the Library and the University.
- Collaborate closely on the Libraries’ instruction and research services, including information literacy, outreach, digital scholarship, interdisciplinary needs, information resources and assessment, with all relevant library stakeholders including but not limited to Research Services, Digital Scholarship Center, Scholarly Communication, and Information Resource Management.
- Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the UMass Amherst Libraries and the campus.
- Participate in library-wide planning and governance, work in a shared decision making environment, and serve as a member of the Library’s Senior Management Group and other library committees and working groups. Represent the Library at appropriate campus committees, selected professional meetings and conferences as required.
- Maintain current knowledge of scientific research trends, emerging technologies, and branch management in academic libraries. Attend professional development activities as assigned or required to meet departmental goals and objectives.
- Perform other related duties as assigned or required to meet department and university goals and objectives.
- Master’s degree in library science – or equivalent degree – from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its appropriate equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
- Minimum of three years of recent managerial or supervisory experience in an academic, public or research library.
- Experience as a STEM librarian.
- Demonstrated leadership ability to advocate for library research services and spaces.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and priorities.
- Demonstrated understanding of changes in science research trends, and the ability to analyze, implement and adapt to evolving services and technologies.
- Strong analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time with little supervision.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.
- Excellent organizational skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects.
- Demonstrated ability to develop, support, and/or promote innovative solutions, in instruction, service, or meeting user needs.
- Experience facilitating groups.
- Ability to set departmental goals, develop metrics for success, analyze trends, and initiate, develop, and assess innovative services.
- Strong commitment to service and professional development.
- Knowledge of best practices, issues, and national trends in STEM subjects in academic libraries.
- Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent with both law and with university policy.
- Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
- Mentoring experience, and successful experience in grant writing, preferred.
- Working knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferred.
- Experience working in a unionized setting, preferred.
- Academic degree in a STEM discipline, preferred.
SALARY AND RANK COMMENSURATE WITH SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is strongly committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. As part of a commitment to its own multicultural community, the Libraries seek an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace University initiatives and aspirations. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.
Submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references bySeptember 22, 2017 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.