Lead, Social Sciences Team and Mason Square Library

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education, professional experience, and rank: see ad text for anticipated appointm
Aug 19, 2022
Dec 07, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Lead, Social Sciences Team and Mason Square Library The George Mason University Libraries is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, skillful, enterprising, and collaborative manager for the position of Lead, Social Sciences Team and Mason Square Library.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:In conjunction with the other subject disciplinary and functional team leads and under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Learning, Research and Engagement (LRE), this position is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of innovative library services in the areas of reference, research, instruction, and in support of faculty and students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as overall management of the Mason Square Library. The incumbent leads a team of library faculty integrated into social and behavioral educational and research programs while fostering an environment that promotes development of new approaches to evolving academic library services. The Team Lead supervises and evaluates team members; works with Collections Strategy staff to ensure development of the social and behavioral sciences collections; oversees collection development for reference resources; assumes direct liaison responsibilities for academic departments/programs as needed; and coordinates and implements reference, research, and instructional activities (including contributing to policy development therein) in collaboration with other LRE and Libraries' leadership. Responsibilities:Incumbent plans, implements, manages, and evaluates reference/research consultation, outreach, and instructional services and programs designed for students and faculty in the broad range of social and behavioral science disciplines;Responsible for the creation, maintenance, and assessment of library service programs appropriate for faculty and students in social and behavioral sciences programs;Responsible for the operations of the (currently) graduate-level library at the Mason Square campus of the university;Provides research consultation/reference service to users;Teaches and creates instructional materials in any directly assigned subject area(s);Contributes to collection development activities including assessment of existing collections and maintenance of holdings to research levels, possessing deep subject knowledge of assigned collection development areas, and spending allocated funds to build depth and breadth in any assigned discipline(s);Responsible for the operations of the Mason Square campus library, including supervision of its on-site staff-level manager, located in Arlington, VA;Responsible for coordination of instruction, reference/research services, collections services and outreach to programs supported on the Fairfax and Mason Square campuses, including, but not limited to, the Schar School of Government and Policy, Carter School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, School of Business, College of Education and Human Development, certain programs within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Arts Management Program within the College of Visual and Performing Arts;Collaborates and coordinates with the Lead, Science and Technology Team for School of Computing programs and activities at the Mason Square campus, including support for the university's Institute of Digital Innovation at that campus;Directly supervises and evaluates five (5) subject librarians in their reference/research/instruction/outreach roles; supervises and evaluates two (2) additional library staff members who (a) support the Social Sciences Team and (b) contribute to the daily management of the Mason Square Library. In conjunction with the Libraries' Administration unit, manages recruitment, hiring, onboarding, mentoring, training, and performance assessment of librarians and staff of the Social Sciences Team and Mason Square Library;Works with Teaching & Learning Team for distance education, and instructional assessment to provide formative and evaluative feedback to department's librarians and staff;Coordinates with Access Services to assure consistent access service quality and hours of delivery at the Mason Square Library;Under the auspices of the Collections Strategy department, facilitates collection development and management activities for reference, instructional, and research resources purchased in relevant fields;Partners with Digital Technologies and Services to effectively address IT requirements of the unit;Works closely with staff in the Digital Scholarship Center to develop digital data proficiency in the Social Sciences Team members;Contributes to planning, policy development, resource management, and decision-making within LRE and, as a member of the Libraries' leadership team, appropriately to the university library system as a whole;Seeks, considers and communicates diverse perspectives and ideas;Participates on committees, task forces, projects, etc. within the Mason University Libraries, the university, and, as appropriate, the community; andPerforms other duties, as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the University Libraries' faculty, including engaging in university and professional service, and scholarship endeavors.Required Qualifications:Applicants should bring the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to this position:ALA-accredited graduate degree OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;Progressively responsible management-level professional experience (generally 3+ years) with demonstrated capability in providing responsive quality reference, instruction, and collaborative research services and support to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in social and behavioral sciences;Knowledge of and versatile understanding of the changing educational and research needs of students and faculty in social and behavioral science programs;Demonstrated skill in effective oral and written communication;Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds; andDemonstrated commitment to professional development and growth.Preferred Qualifications:The following education and/or skill sets are preferred:Graduate degree in a social/behavioral science discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience;Demonstrated leadership potential; andExperience in an academic research library environment involving multiple libraries and campuses.Appointment/Benefits/Salary:12-month Professional Faculty appointment; 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. Base salary at appointment dependent on rank: Librarian II ($67,500 - $72,500); Librarian III ($72,500 - $77,500); Librarian IV ($77, 500+). Additionally, this position carries an annual administrative stipend.The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and three 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 https://library.gmu.edu.

All applications for this position (FA721z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason's employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). 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 (dtippett@gmu.edu) or Della Patrick (dpatrick@gmu.edu), Office of the Dean of Libraries.Review of applications will begin September 20, 2022.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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