One Position: Virginia

Position: Associate University Librarian, Learning, Research & Engagement
Location: George Mason University

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Associate University Librarian, Learning, Research & Engagement
George Mason University invites applications for the Associate University Librarian position leading the library system’s Learning, Research and Engagement division. We are seeking an experienced and accomplished leader with a vision of serving and partnering with students and faculty as they pursue their learning, teaching and research activities in the exciting and thriving multi-campus environment of George Mason University. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Learning, Research, & Engagement (LRE) is responsible for the leadership, planning, and administrative oversight of most of the University Libraries’ outwardly-focused programs, services, and initiatives that directly impact the George Mason community of students at all levels, faculty, and researchers. The AUL for LRE leads the division in the development and articulation of an innovative and compelling vision for advancing teaching, learning, and research, as well as the importance of the Libraries (as well as research commons) as place for the Mason community. While also engaging directly with faculty, academic administrators, and students, the AUL works with Libraries’ faculty and staff to innovate, design, pilot, implement, promote, and assess user-focused services that respond to a rapidly changing scholarly environment, in support of the Libraries’ mission and vision. This position works collaboratively as part of Dean’s Executive Team (the senior leadership team) to help develop and implement the Libraries’ strategic priorities. This position reports to the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian.
Consults with, apprises, and advises the Dean of Libraries & University Librarian of issues within the scope and content of the LRE division’s mission and associated resources, services and programs;
Provides leadership, administrative oversight and coordination for the Libraries’ system-wide departments involved with teaching, learning, research services, and user engagement; also contributes to and furthers the Libraries’ research collections (including Special Collections);
Leads the development of a service portfolio to support digital forms of teaching, learning, and scholarship;
Engages library faculty and staff expertise to enable community members to effectively and critically create, use, and share information;
Fosters an environment that encourages exploration, innovation and implementation of new approaches to teaching, learning, and scholarship in a rapidly-changing digital learning and work environment;
Works to foster and grow existing partnerships within the university, as well as establish new partnerships, both internal and external to George Mason University;
Guides development, implementation and assessment of an user engagement program, encompassing both student and faculty dimensions;
Works continuously and collaboratively with the other Associate University Librarians and with directors and department heads to ensure excellent and seamless provision of requisite instructional, reference, and research consultation services, including with non-LRE division key areas such as the Digital Scholarship Center, Mason Publishing Group (regarding open access and OER initiatives), and Collections Strategy (regarding research resources);
In conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Administration, leads and collaborates on initiatives to maximize creative and attractive teaching, learning and research spaces, including possibilities of learning commons environments;
Provides direction and administrative oversight for Mason’s significant holdings of special collections and archives as it expands access to its unique materials, as well as for the University Archives and the university’s Records Management program;
Serves as a member of Dean’s Executive Team to review and establish University Libraries’ policies, strategically plan system-wide programs and services, and evaluate resources and services;
Contributes to the development of grant proposals for projects and activities requiring external funding within the scope of the LRE division and, as needed, assists with donor relations efforts associated with the SCRC, as well as working with the Dean’s Executive Team on Libraries-wide advancement priorities;
Manages personnel and training for all departments and units within the LRE division of the Libraries and provides leadership for the professional development and training of the directors, department heads, and library faculty and staff within the division;
Oversees preparation of budget requests for Wages expenditures and other than personnel services expenditures for the LRE division;
Works closely with other Associate University Librarians, and also with library site managers, to assure excellent collections and collections-related services exist at all three University Libraries sites;
Ensures timely and ongoing assessment of all LRE programs and initiatives, including those concerned with learning and instruction, user engagement, research services and programs, and prepares reports, studies, and analyses as needed;
Works with regional, state, and national consortia/networks and other professional agencies, particularly with the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), with the Washington Research Libraries Consortium (WRLC), and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), related to activities falling within the scope of the position’s role and responsibilities; and
Performs other administrative, management, and leadership functions within the University Libraries and to support the university community as needed/requested, including leadership of and service on University Libraries as well as university-wide committees.
Required Qualifications:
Applicants should bring the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to this position:
ALA-accredited graduate degree, or an equivalent certified foreign degree;
Extensive progressively responsible management/administrative-level experience (generally 10+ years) in an academic or research library setting;
Substantial experience and record of accomplishments in at least three of the following functional areas:
Academic programs liaison and faculty outreach;
Instructional services;
Reference and research services provision;
Special collections and archives;
User/campus engagement and programmatic partnerships;
Substantial budgetary experience, particularly related to program development, discretionary funds, or Wages budgets;
Knowledge of assessment techniques and trends in academic libraries;
Demonstrated ability to adapt and collaborate in a rapidly changing organizational and institutional environment;
Experience managing supervisory/managerial personnel, library faculty, and other staff, including excellent and proven skills in mentoring and leading employees, and as well with employee relations matters;
Ability to conceptualize, and capacity to innovate and contribute toward, transformative organizational change to advance development of library faculty and staff;
Demonstrated commitment to academic outreach and to student/faculty engagement;
Exemplary leadership and communication skills, along with interpersonal skills; and,
Commitment to fostering access, diversity, and inclusion for both members of the academic community served and library employees, and ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds.
Preferred Qualifications:
The following education and/or skill sets are strongly preferred:
Advanced academic (i.e. discipline) degree;
Expertise in strategizing, planning, visioning, and change management;
Experience in the management of multiple functional areas/departments;
Classroom teaching experience and conversant with higher education pedagogies;
Knowledge of scholarly communications trends (including open access models, intellectual property domain, and open educational resources);
Experience with or knowledge of grants writing, and familiarity with development/advancement work; and
Experience with regional and national academic library consortia.
12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. Salary is commensurate with professional experience and academic qualifications. Salary at appointment is dependent upon professional experience and academic background.
The University Libraries, comprised of a large central library and two other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. Serving an R1 university, the Mason Libraries pursues an ambitious programmatic agenda in all areas that are key to a contemporary academic research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, digital scholarship, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. For more information, visit us at
Special Instructions to Applicants
All applications for this position (FA530z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit application, cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references.
Questions should be directed to Diana Tippett (, Office of the Dean of Libraries.