Assistant Department Head/Asst or Assoc Librarian

Oxford, Ohio, United States

Job description

Department: King Library

Division: Academic Affairs

Posting Date: 11/08/2017

Job Category: Staff

Position Group: Unclassified

Job Description Summary:

Job ID: 5000

The Assistant Head of the Advise & Instruct Department assists the Department Head in providing leadership and guidance to develop high-quality, innovative, and user-oriented services to a diverse body of students and faculty. The Assistant Head directly supervises a team of librarians in the department who are primarily focused on instruction and engagement and who also have liaison and collection management responsibilities. The Assistant Head will be responsible for building and fostering a highly collaborative team within the department and Libraries, engaging in effective working relationships with Libraries’ staff; implementing a vision for information literacy and learning services in alignment with Libraries’ strategy; coordination and management of instruction and learning engagement projects, budgets, and workflow; and supervision and mentorship of supervised librarians and staff. The Assistant Head meets regularly and works collaboratively with the department head as well as librarians and staff in a team environment to help develop and implement the Libraries’ vision and goals. This position reports to the Head of the Advise and Instruct department.

The Assistant Head will oversee a team of instruction-focused librarians charged with development and coordination of Libraries’ learning and instructional engagement programs. This includes articulating strategies for end-user instruction and engagement with classroom instructors provided by the Libraries; developing shared practices, resources, and learning objects for use by library instructors, curricular instructors, and end users, particularly for online learning and flipped classroom models; and cultivating instructional skills and habits of continuous improvement in Libraries staff who have instructional duties, both within and outside the department.

Duties/Physical Demands:


  1. Collaborate regularly with Libraries’ department heads to collectively plan and execute action plans and strategies.
  1. Develop and provide high-quality, innovative, and user-oriented services to a diverse body of students and faculty.
  1. Manage departmental activities relating to library learning and instructional engagement, including setting and evaluating operational goals and staff performance, to make best use of resources, staff, technology, and services while recognizing synergy with other departments.
  1. Participate in development and implementation of a long range vision for student engagement and library learning, in support of the broader strategic directions for the University Libraries and the University, in collaboration and cooperation with other department heads and assistant/associate deans.
  1. Provide leadership in fostering an effective, collaborative, positive departmental environment; selecting, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating library staff; managing change; problem solving; communicating effectively within and across departments.
  1. Lead instruction team librarians in provision of library learning opportunities in introductory-level and large enrollment courses in all disciplines.
  1. Develop and lead library programming related to student engagement and development of information literacy skill sets. A strategy is anticipated including both programming intended directly for students, as well as “train-the-trainer” programming for library instructors and university faculty and instructors.
  1. Represent and connect the library as needed at University meetings, events, committees, and other collaborations, particularly in issues relating to student success, academic integrity, literacies, and well-being.
  1. Evaluate new trends and issues relating to library learning and instructional engagement. Make appropriate recommendations as warranted.
  1. Cultivate partnerships and collaborate with faculty and peers on projects.
  1. Foster positive relations with faculty, students, and staff and promote the University’s and Libraries’ commitment to diversity.
  1. Maintain and enhance professional skills through regular and meaningful professional development activities. Pursue an active career path contributing to the field of academic librarianship.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree or higher in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or non-U.S. equivalent.
  2. At least 3 years of experience working in an academic library
  3. Familiarity with current and emerging technologies
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  5. Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  6. Demonstrated initiative, the ability to manage multiple projects and a commitment to professional development
  7. Demonstrated evidence of strong leadership, management and mentoring skills
  8. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other library units
  9. Demonstrated commitment to quality customer service and ability to build and sustain customer relationships
  10. Ability to meet the Libraries’ promotion and continuing contract requirements

To be appointed as Associate Librarian require record of scholarship and professional achievement appropriate for this rank. See:

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. At least 5 years of experience working in an academic library in a position with library learning and instruction responsibilities.
  2. Prior experience supervising librarians
  3. Experience working with faculty
  4. Experience with grant writing
  5. Experience working with diverse groups to reach common goals
  6. Experience assessing instructional services for effectiveness
  7. Demonstrated interest, experience, or ability to build an inclusive work and educational environment

How to apply

Apply online with Cover Letter, List of Three References, Resume

Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.