Associate University Librarian, Research and Engagement
Van Houten Library
University Librarian, Ann Hoang
The Robert W. Van Houten Library at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks an innovative, creative and curious professional with demonstrated leadership experience for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Engagement. Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL assists with establishing a strategic direction for the Library’s future research, engagement, and assessment goals by developing and promoting progressive research and learning support services and assessing the effectiveness of the Library’s programs, services, and resources.
The AUL focuses on outreach with the NJIT community to support the curricular needs and scholarly endeavors and to expand new initiatives and intellectual partnerships. The AUL provides strategic direction, facilitates the development, implementation, and administration of the Library’s public-facing operations. The AUL leads a diverse team of librarians and paraprofessional staff in designing, delivering, assessing, and improving services for library engagement with the university’s learning and research ecosystems.
The AUL is a member of the leadership team and works collaboratively with the other leaders to set intentional priorities and advance operational effectiveness for the NJIT Library. The successful candidate will demonstrate a high capacity to develop, contribute and create a transformative environment to maximize exploration, experimentation, and implementation of new service approaches in a new normal and complex academic library environment.
Diversity is a core value of NJIT and we are committed to making diversity, equity, and inclusion part of everything we do. Therefore, the incumbent will demonstrate a commitment and must apply a culturally competent approach to work collaboratively with colleagues and campus partners.
Research and Learning Support Services oversight, including instruction, education, research, consultation, and cited reference searches. Leads the Library’s research, engagement, and assessment agenda. Provides strategic leadership for directions, goals, and objectives for the research and learning support services. Identifies strategies to enhance research support services. Develops, implements, and assesses library instruction and engagement opportunities.
Data and Digital Scholarship Support Services oversight, including strategic leadership for open education, open access and educational resources, data management, copyright, and assessment and impact metrics. Provides leadership in facilitating and supporting scholarship processes. Evaluates the Library’s collections and resources in support of academic programs and research.
Outreach, Engagement, and Assessment oversight, including expansion of new initiatives and intellectual partnerships with faculty, students, and staff. Oversees the marketing and outreach activities and programs to increase awareness of library resources and services. Participates in assessment activities including data compilation, dissemination of recurring reports and surveys.
Resource Sharing and Access Services oversight, including resource sharing programs related to interlibrary loan and document delivery, access, fulfillment, course reserves, and collection maintenance. Directs the Operations Manager in establishing operational priorities, workflows, and deadlines for related activities. Uses statistics and data to inform decision-making.
Supervises and mentors professional librarians and paraprofessional staff, and responsible for personnel matters, including recruitment and evaluation. Maintains efficient workflows and procedures, and process improvements.
Fosters professional growth and development of direct reports by actively supporting a workplace culture that values and promotes collaboration, partnerships, and service philosophy.
Works in collaboration with the library leadership team to develop proactive and intentional strategies to stay abreast of user needs.
Recommends budgetary and equipment requirements in support of research, engagement, and assessment activities.
Service Development: Serves on and collaborates with campus curriculum and instruction committees. Takes initiative to identify, assess, plan, and promote user services by working closely with internal staff and external users.
Resource Development: Monitors relevant information sources impacting the Library and University. Continuously evaluate, select, recommend, and purchase information resources according to the user and departmental needs. Maintains best practices awareness in academic librarianship with a focus on areas related to this position.
University Service and Professional Development: Participates as a member of appropriate University and Library committees. Pursues personal professional development and contributes to the profession through scholarship and service to library organizations.
Performs other duties as assigned including participating in liaison, reference services, and library instruction.
Successful performance of this position demands consistent demonstration of the following uncompromised performance characteristics:
Leadership - demonstrating basic courage of conviction, keen organizational awareness and unqualified commitment to the Library and the university's success. Leading by example, an excellent work ethic and commitment to positional responsibilities without losing customer focus in the face of personalized professional endeavors and personnel matters in controversy.
Professionalism – honesty and integrity above reproach, conducting oneself at all times in an ambassadorial manner; demonstrated with mature professionalism, remaining above the undermining fray; never publishing or acting upon personal judgments or casting aspersions.
Communication: effective communication skills and professional conviction, managing conflicts, finding consensus where practicable. Thinking through the message for presentation in advance and organizing the message in a logical flow. Using vocabulary and communicative concepts that are appropriate to the audience and communicative purpose.
Customer Focus - remaining steadfast in commitment to the charged responsibilities of the position and not yielding to the constant pressures of special interests; focusing on discovering resources and services to develop and customize them to assist and meet the customers’ needs.
Adaptability/Flexibility: adaptability to an intense highly charged and continually varied workload and constituency, demonstrating innovation and keen prioritization capability. Continued learning capacity and orientation demanded by the multifaceted, dynamic nature of the job.
Accomplishment Aptitude - establishing and following through on a systematic course of action for self or others to assure accomplishment of a specific objective. Determining priorities and allocating time and resources effectively producing desired results at the level expected for the position.
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of library and/or information science, or equivalent degree in relevant discipline.
Five (5) years of professional librarian experience in areas related to this position, with at least three (3) years of experience supervising librarians and demonstrated evidence of leadership and administration in an academic or research library setting.
Strong and demonstrable record of effective priority setting, policy coordination, and program and process development and management.
Demonstrated strong leadership experience with project management, leading and motivating staff through organizational change, including a commitment to foster growth and development of direct reports.
Demonstrable understanding of the academic library’s role in supporting curriculum and student success, evaluating services and programs for researchers, teaching faculty, and students in the identification, use, interpretation, and management of information.
Demonstrated experience with budget planning and development and implementation of service innovation.
Demonstrated excellent communication, and interpersonal skills; well-developed assessment and analytical skills, with the ability to anticipate and adapt to the changing needs of academic libraries.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships to serve common goals and a commitment to and support an inclusive work environment.
The formal education and experience prerequisites may be waived at the university’s discretion if the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.
Subject-specific Master’s degree in a field relevant to NJIT’s curriculum.
Experience employing student learning assessments.
Evidence of flexibility and initiative in collaborative and rapidly changing environments.
Experience in implementing programs in support of research and scholarly communications, data and digital scholarship management.
Experience with library services platform and discovery (Alma and Primo), institutional repositories (Digital Commons), authentication systems (EZProxy), and content management systems (Canvas).
Sound judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information; leadership and interpersonal skills to help build, manage, and maintain a collaborative and team-based work environment.
Ability to influence/convince staff at all levels; ability to clearly articulate policies and decisions to staff at all levels.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must include cover letter (describe how your experiences and education match the job description), resume, and three (3) professional references.