The University of Pittsburgh is looking for an Assessment Coordinator who will will lead the ULS' Assessment and Quality Assurance Unit.
Library Collections Storage Unit - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (23006279)
The Assessment Coordinator is a librarian/professional position that will lead the ULS' Assessment and Quality Assurance Unit in the systematic collection, analysis, and reporting of organizational data to support management decisions and to demonstrate and enhance the value of the ULS collections, services, and spaces. The incumbent will be responsible for designing, coordinating, and promoting assessment activities in collaboration with appropriate department managers and identifying opportunities for service and workflow improvements through analysis of data and other information sources.
Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Organizational Effectiveness, and supervising two FTEs, this position is a full-time Appointment Stream Faculty Librarian.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Managing and further developing the ULS' user-centered assessment program to enable data-informed decision-making and aligning the program with institutional assessment efforts.
- Fostering a culture of assessment through collaboration with colleagues throughout the library to plan and implement assessment initiatives.
- Communicating assessment findings across the organization, and providing consultations and guidance to colleagues on assessment methodologies.
- Gathering, analyzing, and reporting data required by the Library's Management Team, institutional stakeholders, and external agencies.
- Leading research studies into the information and library needs of the University of Pittsburgh community and making recommendations on service enhancements and efficiencies. These could include undertaking qualitative and quantitative user studies, workflow analyses, peer benchmarking and others.
- Gathering, analyzing, and reporting data to demonstrate the value of ULS' services.
- Develop creative and effective means of visualizing data to uncover relationships and trends and to identify opportunities for ongoing service improvements.
- Overseeing periodic reviews of library operations based upon data gathered during assessment activities, and through other studies, and make recommendations to the ULS Director and LMT.
A successful candidate for Assessment Coordinator will have the following required qualifications:
- ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent advanced degree.
- Demonstrated knowledge of assessment methodologies and tools (qualitative and quantitative) and experience analyzing data.
- Demonstrated ability to design and implement an assessment program, and to apply research to decision making.
- Ability to identify strategic opportunities and establish priorities accordingly.
- Ability to present complex information to diverse audiences.
- Demonstrated understanding of the mission and role of an academic research library.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively as a team member and to promote teamwork among colleagues; ability to work independently.
Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities. This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections. Approximately 10% of the librarian's time should be directed toward such activities and will be included as part of the annual evaluation.
Activities in these areas include:
- Keeping abreast of and contributing as appropriate to current developments in the profession, especially as they relate to collections, assessment and planning theory and practice-related librarianship.
- Contributing to the profession through publications, presentations, teaching, and other professional activities.
- Seeking out appropriate roles in professional associations, research and/or publishing on the regional, national, and international level.
- Participating actively in ULS and campus-wide working groups and committees, as appropriate.
The incumbent is also expected to contribute to the University community or the local community through service that utilizes his/her professional expertise.
The University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.pitt.edu) is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the sixteen schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year. Pitt is ranked No. 23 on the U.S. News & World Report's 2022 list of Top Public Schools in the nation. In 2021, the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education College Rankings again named the Pittsburgh campus as the No. 1 public university in the Northeastern United States. For the ninth time in 10 years, Pitt in 2019 was named one of the nation's top institutions for producing Fulbright students by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The City of Pittsburgh
The city of Pittsburgh is in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, educational, and technological resources. Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at: https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/
Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Hiring for this position begins at $60,000. Comprehensive benefits package including one-month vacation per year; excellent benefit plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance. Comprehensive benefits package including one-month vacation per year; excellent benefit plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.
Successful candidates will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian I, II, or III and will be hired on an initial 3-year renewable contract. For further information, please see ULS Guidelines for Faculty Librarians.
Please apply through the University of Pittsburgh's Talent Center, requisition number 23006279. In addition to creating a Talent Center account, please upload/attach a cover letter, CV, and three professional references with contact information. Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to Sharon McMasters (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by September 17, 2023.
Contact Information for 3 professional references. The University of Pittsburgh is committed to championing all aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our community. This commitment is a fundamental value of the University and is crucial in helping us advance our mission, which includes attracting and retaining diverse workforces. We will continue to create and maintain an environment that allows individuals to discover, belong, contribute, and grow, while honoring the experiences, perspectives, and unique identities of all.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets. The University of Pittsburgh requires all Pitt constituents (employees and students) on all campuses to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Visit coronavirus.pitt.edu to learn more about this requirement.
Assignment Category Full-time regular