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Type F
Entered 11/20/2017
Company Fashion Institute of Technology - New York, NY
Position Head of Research and Instructional Services Librarian
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The Head of the Research and Instructional Services (RIS) Unit provides vision and strategic direction for instruction and research services offered by the FIT Library.

The Head of the Research and Instructional Services leads and participates in establishing goals, fostering continuous improvement, managing change, and demonstrating best practices in professional service, support, and assistance to FIT students, faculty, and other researchers.
The incumbent supervises Research and Instructional Services personnel: full-time and part-time faculty librarians and staff in a unit that operates seven days a week inclusive of evenings.

Unit Oversight and Management
The incumbent fosters a workplace environment that promotes and supports productivity, creativity, innovation, collaboration, ongoing improvement, diversity, inclusion and student-centeredness.

Leads unit to set goals and objectives aligned with Library and College strategic initiatives
Establishes unit priorities, procedures, and ensures compliance with Library and College policies
Directs and oversees unit engagement for library outreach activities, information literacy programming, instructional services, web services, and liaison work
Reviews and assesses unit personnel work performance

Encourages and facilitates partnerships between library and classroom faculty. Collaborates with all library faculty to foster dynamic engagement and integrate information literacy across the curriculum.
Coordinates public relations programs for Research and Instructional Services; promotes library instruction and information literacy programs; develops instructional and promotional materials, including web-based tutorials

Coordinates student orientation and instructional programs and activities outside of the Library, leads the Library Outreach Team; works closely with Student Life and the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success
Develops instructional programming to enhance the freshman experience
Collaborates with the Center for Excellence in Teaching, the Writing Studio, and academic departments of the College, to promote student and faculty awareness of Library resources through workshops or in-service programs, etc.
Seeks college-wide partnerships both internal and external to the classroom to develop and reinforce students' information literacy

Information Literacy / Instructional Services
Creates engaging opportunities to promote information literacy across the curriculum. In conjunction with the Instructional Services and Assessment Librarian, fosters a culture of assessment. Cultivates relevant and innovative methods to incorporate information literacy standards within instructional sessions.

Leads research workshops and library orientations, and initiates opportunities to promote information literacy across the curriculum
Collaborates with colleagues to develop instructional programming for students and faculty including web-based tutorials and LibGuides
Maintains currency in information literacy pedagogy, learning theory, and educational technology and design; researches and creates pedagogical content
Works regular weekly shifts at the Research Services Desk, including answering patron questions in person, by phone, and electronically (e.g. chat/email/text "Ask the Library" service.); trains and supervises new librarians and reference assistants at the desk

Web Presence and Special Technology Projects
Recommends new applications to deliver digital content to users

Collaborates with the Library's web development manager to maintain and develop web pages and content; determines content of the Library's pages for RIS to reflect current policies and services
Collaborates with the Emerging Technologies Librarian to develop innovative modules and multimedia teaching tools

Liaison and Collection Development
Serves as the point person for assigned subject areas and academic department liaisons with regard to information and referrals for all Library services.

Reviews and evaluates relevant library resources
Participates in the Library Liaison program by marketing services and resources; creates and maintains connections with classroom faculty

Represents the Library at college-wide events and meetings, participates in collegial mentorship, and pursues professional growth.

Participates in library faculty meetings, library governance and campus-wide initiatives and committees
Participates in the Library's Strategic Planning Process and implements policies and procedures that support the Strategic Plan
Participates in curricular and pedagogical discussions by attending college-wide, school, and departmental meetings and shares knowledge gained with Library personnel
Maintains active membership in local, state, and national professional organizations and currency in the field
Cultivates collaborative relationships with other institutions
Participates in the mentoring program for new librarians in other areas of the Library
Participates in professional development activities to maintain professional competencies

Special assignments in the RIS Unit have included website migration, web content development and information architecture; integrated library systems (Aleph) administration; and specialty outreach to academic departments.


ALA accredited MLS and 6 years of progressively responsible library professional experience (academic experience preferred) providing instruction and research services, 5 years of which demonstrate management and supervisory experience that supports strategic thinking, motivating and leading teams.

Demonstrated strong supervisory and team management skills; demonstrated ability to understand the implications of new technology within the library environment; proficiency with information resources in a variety of formats and subject areas; teaching or library instruction experience; familiarity with a variety of teaching concepts, learning styles, and instructional technologies; experience with providing reference and research services to patrons (especially college students and faculty). Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills; ability to embrace a diverse environment with a strong commitment to public service. A leader that develops, implements, and executes projects in a highly collaborative environment; demonstrated aptitude for learning emerging technologies and web applications; commitment to data-informed decision-making.

Additional Information:

Non-Classroom Faculty position

Salary depending on experience

The Fashion Institute of Technology offers exceptional benefits to our full time employees; and for this position in particular:

Three (3) year Tenure
30 hour workweek
Reduced hours during winter and spring recess, and in the summer including up to 11 Fridays off
Life Insurance at no cost
Health care at no cost
Tuition exemption
Retirement plan with generous 8% employer contribution
25 days of vacation a year (prorated)-increase to 40 days after 10 years
5 personal days a year (prorated)
3 free days (prorated)
9 sick days (prorated)
Optional and designated holidays

To learn more about our generous employee benefits please go to http://www.fitnyc.edu/hr/benefits/full-time/

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:
* Resume
* Cover letter
* A list of three references with telephone numbers and email addresses

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT's website at: http://www.fitnyc.edu

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360, titleix@fitnyc.edu.