Director of Research and Instructional Services

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Created: August 24, 2015


The Director of Research and Instructional Services provides vision and strategic direction for research and instructional services in the humanities, social sciences, global and area studies, and the arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.  Reporting to the Deputy University Librarian, the Director leads thirty library professionals and support staff in engaging with faculty and students in designing and implementing pedagogically appropriate instruction for library users and providing in-depth, specialized research consultation, reference, and collection development.

The Director encourages the exploration and adoption of new approaches to research, instruction, and outreach to students and faculty and, collaborating with staff throughout the Libraries, assumes a leadership role in identifying and implementing emerging technologies and incorporating best practices into research and instructional services. The Director fosters an open, collaborative environment and sets high user-centered service standards.

Along with the Deputy University Librarian, the Director of Public Services, and the Director of the Health Sciences Library, the successful candidate will help to develop the vision and services for the Libraries’ Research Hub, in support of interdisciplinary, data-driven, digitally reliant, and team-based research.

The Director will also serve as a subject specialist in an area suited to her or his academic background and interests.  In this role, the librarian will serve as primary liaison to an academic department or program; provide in-depth, specialized research consultation and instruction; and develop and manage collections in relevant formats and languages.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or advanced degree in a humanities or social science field.  At least seven years of progressively responsible professional experience providing research and instructional services in an academic library or higher education environment.  Demonstrated use of the applications of new technology in research, teaching, and learning.  Demonstrated initiative and proven ability to learn new technologies and develop innovative solutions to complex problems.  Proficiency with information resources in a variety of formats and subject areas.  Knowledge of collection development principles, practices, and vendor systems.  Evidence of strong supervisory and team management experience and skill.  Demonstrated ability to support, mentor, and develop library professionals and staff as well as to work with diverse groups within the Libraries and across campus.  Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience in writing and managing innovative grant projects.  Fund-raising and donor relations skills.  Significant contributions to the profession of librarianship, including publications, presentations, or leadership in professional or scholarly organizations at the national or international level.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries.  University Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.
The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.
The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits
This is twelve-month academic librarian appointment.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on September 6, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 


Published: Monday, August 24, 2015 21:21 UTC

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