Director - University of Arizona Health Sciences Library - Tucson, AZ
Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:00 AM

Organization: University of Arizona Libaries
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Closing Date: Until Filled - First date of review April 20, 2020

Opportunity Description

The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) seeks an experienced, engaged and imaginative Director to lead our University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL). The Director serves as the key administrator responsible for coordinating UAHSL programming and initiatives, facilitates a shared vision for the library, and provides leadership for the role of the library in support of University of Arizona Health Sciences strategic initiatives. The Director has administrative responsibility for all of UAHSL, and reports to the UAL Associate Dean. UAHSL is a designated Resource Library for the state of Arizona and has an outreach and community engagement component to its mission.

UAHSL is consolidated under UAL and is considered a department; the Director thusly is also the Department Head for UAHSL. This leadership position is a member of the UAL Cabinet (leadership, policy, and management team).

The Director provides administrative oversight of and leadership for UAHSL Research and Learning (R&L) functions. The UAHSL R&L group engages dynamically with constituencies to support the educational, clinical and research missions of the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS). The Director supervises the group, a team of innovative librarians, in developing and delivering knowledge-based information services. Members teach evidence-based practice and informatics skills, working with colleagues across UAL, and with administrators, faculty and students affiliated with UAHS colleges, centers, institutes and clinical partnerships. The group supports a robust expert searching service, is actively engaged in co-authoring Systematic and Scoping Reviews, and deploys an embedded model of liaison librarianship.

This is a continuing-status (equivalent to tenure), academic professional position. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Associate or Full rank, and as continuing-eligible or with continuing status.


Minimum Requirements:


  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of professional health sciences library experience at a supervisory level.
  • Achievements in position effectiveness, service, and scholarship necessary to be hired at the rank of Associate or Full Librarian with continuing status (equivalent to tenure).Demonstrable abilities to lead and support department faculty across the continuum of rank.
  • Evidence of active and ongoing contributions to the information/library profession and the ability to fulfill the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.
  • Management experience, including knowledge of and experience providing core and emerging services in support of the teaching/learning, clinical and research missions of an academic health sciences campus.
  • Demonstrated success in leading a team, including coaching, mentoring, motivating, recognizing, and holding staff accountable with an emphasis on maximizing individual success and growth.
  • Proven experience as an advocate and champion on behalf of libraries/librarianship in academic environments.
  • Familiarity with the mission of academic health sciences campuses. Strong understanding of health sciences education; keen awareness of the important role health sciences librarians play in the education of future generations of health care providers.
  • Proven experience with budget oversight and fiscal management.
  • Supervisory experience leading health sciences librarians/information professionals in a complex academic environment, including mentoring and coaching for success.
  • Substantial experience with evidence-based practice principles and their application in library instruction.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with health information resources and/or collections.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to lead and supervise in a collaborative and innovative environment and to work with diverse people and serve a diverse population.
  • Experience in the process of conducting systematic reviews, including knowledge of standards for systematic reviews in healthcare.
  • Experience as a liaison librarian in the health sciences.
  • Experience in the delivery of entrepreneurial services, and familiarity with grants, contracts and other forms of extramural funding in academic contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate innovative ideas into actionable programs or services.
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