Two Positions: Virginia

Position: Head, Collection Strategy
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Salary: $72,500

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.


The Head, Collection Strategy’s primary role is to direct, coordinate and assess the Libraries’ overall research materials content strategy and development of all research collections, whether owned, subscribed to, shared, open, accessed or otherwise made available to the George Mason University scholarly community.


Through leading the continuous development of Mason’s libraries-wide collection development and content strategies; the wise stewardship of the Libraries’ $9.4 million research materials budget (FY2020); as well as the coordination of collection development activities of approximately 30 subject expert librarians and other staff, the Head, Collection Strategy ensures excellence of all on-site and electronic collections as well as access to collections by distance learners and all other off-site users and researchers. The HCS works closely with the heads of all libraries, disciplinary and other team leads, and with managers across all three divisions of the Libraries in developing afore-mentioned, and future-focused content strategies.

The Head, Collection Strategy works in close collaboration with the Libraries’ Head of Assessment and Planning and the Libraries’ Assessment Office in the investigation and implementation of new paradigms of assessment for the content, research collections, and related services the Libraries provides. The incumbent also represents George Mason University on the VIVA Collections Committee, the WRLC Coordinated Collections Committee, and with ASERL, CRL, and other collections-focused national and regional entities.

Position: Instruction Coordinator
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Salary: $60,000

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.


The Instruction Coordinator is a collaborative, student-centered teacher-librarian on the Teaching and Learning Team, a department within the Learning, Research and Engagement (LRE) division. The individual is responsible for providing library services such as information literacy instruction, research support, and academic partnerships expertise for the Teaching and Learning Team’s academic and co-curricular partners. The position reports to the Lead, Teaching and Learning Team and works in an innovative and adaptive public service environment.

This individual works collaboratively with others to explore and implement innovative strategies for information literacy instruction by developing and maintaining course-integrated programs of student-centered instruction; incorporating active learning into both face-to-face and online instruction; and following best practices for information literacy instruction. The Instruction Coordinator oversees professional development for librarians and instructional staff related to library instruction, including coordinating the Teaching Squares program in the LRE division.

The Instruction Coordinator is the liaison to the English Composition program and in this role oversees information literacy instruction in ENGLISH 101 and 302 across the University Libraries. The individual also proactively seeks opportunities to partner with faculty to integrate information literacy instruction into all academic programs, as well as (when appropriate) co-curricular programs.

In collaboration with the Student Success & Inclusion Librarian, the Instruction Coordinator follows best practices in integrating and assessing the student learning outcomes as outlined in the University Libraries’ Student Learning Assessment Plan, both in their own teaching and by supporting other librarians and instructional staff.

The Instruction Coordinator will actively participate in the work of the Teaching and Learning Team. Team responsibilities include attending team meetings, participating in team-based projects, and collaborating and communicating with other team members. In the absence of the Lead, Teaching and Learning Team, incumbent may be asked to fulfill a senior librarian supervisory role and mediate and resolve issues as necessary.

This individual will also engage in professional development, scholarship, and service, in accordance with university/Libraries’ standards for appointment renewal and promotion. This includes serving on committees, task forces, projects, etc., within Mason’s University Libraries and the university.

Incumbent may supervise classified staff, graduate assistants, or student workers.