Assistant Head of Research and Instructional Services
Fashion Institute of Technology - New York, NY

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This position is responsible for expanding the instructional reach of the Library by participating in planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction related programs and services, designing digital learning resources, updating online instructional content. This is a leadership position, part of the Research and Instructional Services Unit and is responsible for developing, integrating and assessing dynamic, instructionally focused research services. Responsibilities also include assisting with the management of Research and Instructional Services (RIS) personnel and substituting for the Head of Research and Instructional Services as necessary.

  • Reports to Head of Research and Instructional Services
  • Coordinates Research and Instructional Services personnel (Reference Librarians and the Reference Assistant I and II) in the absence of or as assigned by the Head of Research and Instructional Services

Instructional Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Research and Instructional Services:
  • Develops, manages and promotes library instruction and information literacy goals
  • Teaches, implements and assesses library instruction including classes, embedded librarianship, web-based tutorials, workshops, pop-up publicity and other forms of outreach and promotional materials
  • Works with Library Web Management Team to maintain and develop area web pages and content
  • Leads special technology projects including expanding the Library’s web presence, creating webinars for faculty, creating digital learning objects and responding to need-specific distance learning
  • Assists the Head of RIS with institutional assessment initiatives including designing programs and learning modules to assess students’ information literacy skills
  • Facilitates dynamic engagement and partnerships between Library and Classroom Faculty; collaborates with all faculty to integrate information literacy across the curriculum
  • Creates, implements and coordinates training programs and workshops (e.g. library instruction techniques, new technologies, etc.) for, and in collaboration with Library personnel to support professional development
  • Delivers formal and informal instruction for individuals and/or groups of library users
  • Creates, implements and coordinates orientations and tours
  • As a leader in instructional design, develops and manages course materials for library instruction
  • Works at the Reference Services Desk, including answering patron questions in person, by phone, and electronically (text, e-mail, chat, etc.)
Unit / Compliance Responsibilities
  • Optimizes Library personnel scheduling for a growing integrated information literacy instruction program while maintaining individual research services support seven days a week.
  • Assists with managing the Library’s instruction program schedule
  • Coordinates orientation events for new, and existing, students and faculty
  • Coordinates public relations content for RIS including publicity, web pages, reports and statistics
  • Determines staff scheduling needs for Research Services Desk
  • Contributes to unit goals, objectives, policies and procedures in conjunction with Library and College guidelines
  • Reviews and recommends best practices for unit operations to achieve continuous improvement objectives
  • Maintains and promotes interdepartmental communication
Library and College Faculty Responsibilities and Professional Development
  • Participates in Library governance and campus-wide initiatives and committees
  • Functions as a Library liaison with corresponding department(s) and participates in collection development focused on reference collection management
  • Participates in the Library’s strategic planning process and implements policies and procedures that support the FIT Strategic Plan and the Library Administrative Review
  • Participates in curricular and pedagogical discussions by attending college-wide, school and departmental meetings. Partners with Classroom Faculty to represent the perspective of the College, and its departments, to other Library personnel
  • Seeks additional partnerships with Enrollment Management and Student Success and Information Technology that reach beyond the classroom to develop and reinforce students’ information fluency
  • Seeks relationships with other institutions, including collaborative initiatives
  • Active membership in local, state, and national professional organizations while staying abreast of current topics in the field

  • ALA accredited MLS. Needs to have two years professional (post-MLS experience) and five years of management experience
  • Strong public service orientation and enthusiasm for an evolving, collaborative environment
  • Proven leadership abilities and effective communication skills
  • Experience with supervising and evaluating personnel
  • Knowledge of information literacy concepts, trends, and standards
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current technologies especially those relating to research services and instruction as it applies to online learning on and off-campus
  • Experience with a variety of teaching concepts, learning styles, and instructional technologies to enhance all forms of library instruction, services, and assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Commitment to communicating effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Experience with managing large scale projects

Additional Information:
FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individuals ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, national origin, gender, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals.

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