UNLV University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an innovative and collaborative administrative faculty member to serve as the Operations & Program Specialist. Reporting to the Head, Teacher Development & Resources Library (TDRL), the Operations & Program Specialist plays a critical support role in the TDRL mission to promote for classroom use contemporary, inclusive children’s & young adult literature which reflect the diverse identities and needs of Las Vegas preschool to 12th grade students.
The position is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the branch library including overseeing circulation and reference support for College of Education students and faculty as well as UNLV and community library users. The incumbent directly supervises a team of 6-8 student employees tasked with providing excellent customer service at the TDRL service desk and assisting with stacks and facility management. It is expected that the incumbent will prioritize and manage student employee workloads while taking a mentorship approach to supervision, especially in the areas of training and correction.
The incumbent serves as the department coordinator for curricular and cocurricular outreach and instruction activities in collaboration with the Head, TDRL, the Education Librarian, and campus and community partners. Additionally, the position assists the Head, TDRL with collection development projects which enhance the collection and the discoverability of materials by library users. It is expected that the incumbent will develop and maintain an awareness of current trends in children’s and young adult literature in relation to preschool to 12th grade classrooms.
- Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Teacher Development & Resources Library including library services, operations, and facility maintenance.
- Directly supervises 6-8 student employees including hiring, training, and mentoring.
- Creates and documents department workflows and processes and regularly analyzes and improves department processes.
- Manages department projects.
- Assists the Head, TDRL with the development and promotion of the collection.
- Provides research support and consultations both virtually and in-person.
- Coordinates and conducts library instruction sessions, tours, orientations and other programming related to the TDRL collections and services.
- Collaborates with TDRL partners to plan and host community events.
- Creates and maintains digital resource guides.
- Serves as the department functional expert for the library management system.
- This position requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of appointment.
- Competence and sensitivity in working with individuals who are highly diverse regarding many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, income, level of educational attainment, and religion.
- Ability to create, maintain, and document procedures based on process improvement best practices and philosophies.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to successfully lead and coordinate multiple projects in addition to the ongoing work of the unit.
- Aptitude for providing excellent customer service focused on the user experience.
- Managerial skills to hire, train, supervise, and mentor a team of student employees.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to maintain and troubleshoot general office and educational technology and software.
- Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively with individuals to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the university.
- 1 to 3 years of supervisory experience.
- 1 to 3 years of experience in an academic, public, or school library by time of hire.
- Experience developing learner-centered events and programming for a variety of audiences. (preferred)
- Knowledge of and interest in working with literature and educational resources for young people. (preferred)
- 1 to 3 years of management experience. (preferred)
This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative faculty at Grade B. Minimum salary is $47,000. Salary is competitive with those at similarly situated institutions and dependent upon labor market. Position is contingent upon funding. In addition, University Libraries is committed to and helps fund professional development opportunities: each position receives annual allotment for professional development activities. Benefits information is available here: https://www.unlv.edu/hr/benefits
Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on August 23, 2021 and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date.
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