REPOSTED Feb 5: Program Director, Science, Engineering, Social Science, and Business Research Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2013-12-22

Employer: Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

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The Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame seek a talented and dynamic individual to direct library initiatives related to our science, engineering, social science, and business academic programs. In the fall of 2012, the Hesburgh Libraries underwent an organizational redesign combining our various library departments and branches into six programs, each administered by a program director. The program directors and the library central administration constitute the Library Cabinet, which is a policy making body that meets weekly. The Science, Engineering, Social Science, and Business Research Services Program is organized into two teams or units, with the science and engineering librarians being in one team and the social science and business librarians in the other team. Each team is managed by a unit head reporting to the program director.

There are four major and two smaller branch libraries within the program. Notre Dame is aggressively expanding our science and engineering programs with over $200,000,000 in new funding to the academic departments for positions and buildings being allocated during the next five years, focusing on expanding chemical and biochemical engineering, computational and data engineering, advanced circuits, computational math, topology and quantum field theory, nuclear physics, bioinformatics, and the molecular life sciences. We also continue to maintain excellence in the Mendoza College of Business, ranked no. 1 among undergraduate business programs and are expanding the social sciences within the College of Arts and Letters.


The program director leads, shapes and transforms the mission of the Science, Engineering, Social Science and Business Research Services Program (abbreviated SESSB). The director optimizes the roles of individual contributors to position the libraries to meet the changing demands of scholarship and research. He or she will be a sponsor and owner for designing and overseeing a wide range of strategic initiatives that enrich both collections and library services and support educational experiences and intellectual growth throughout the campus. The director will foster collaborations with faculty and students, support diverse methods of acquisitions and access to a variety of materials including datasets, encourage open access initiatives, and foster digital scholarship and services. In collaboration with the librarians and staff in the program, the director will further strengthen our partnerships with departments, programs, institutes and centers in the disciplines of science, engineering, social science and business to both enhance teaching and learning and develop new initiatives supporting the full cycle of research and scholarly exchange. The position has responsibility for collaboration and the building of strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, thereby supporting and advancing the university goal to be a premier research institution. The director works closely with the other library programs responsible for specialized services including: the Academic Outreach and Engagement Program, the Arts and Humanities Research Services Program, the Digital Library Initiatives and Scholarship Program, the Information Technology and Discovery Services Program, and the Resource and Acquisitions Delivery Services Program. The SESSB director reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research Services and Collections.

Either an advanced degree in a field of science, engineering informatics, or data science or an MLS and a minimum of five years of relevant experience as a subject specialist in one of these areas. Evidence of creative and results-oriented approaches to organizational design and evidence of leading transformational change. Evidence of successful management and supervisory responsibility as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. A demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries, lead effective teams, manage change, negotiate differences and mentor colleagues. Also, although not required, experience applying for grants or participating in grant-funded research is strongly preferred.

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