Content Strategy Officer

Fairfax, VA, VA
Feb 25, 2019
Apr 05, 2019
Full Time

Job Category : Admin or Professional Faculty

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Salary : Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, rank; not less than $70,000 /yr.

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Content Strategy Officer

The George Mason University Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, service oriented and forward-focused leader for its newly configured Content Strategy unit. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Learning, Research, and Engagement, the Content Strategy Officer (CSO) provides leadership in the broadly defined area of research materials content and collection strategies. While directly supervising a small team of two high-level classified staff and a graduate research assistant, the incumbent will guide and coordinate the selection and collection development responsibilities of 20 subject specialist librarians (who are organized in three disciplinary teams and spread across three campuses) as well as those of another dozen staff with selection responsibilities. Additionally, the position serves as the primary content and collections contact with VIVA (Virtual Library of Virginia), WRLC (Washington Research Libraries Consortium), and ASERL (Association of Southeastern Research Libraries).

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 Masons academic and culturally inclusive environment. The CSO will take a prominent role, working closely with the Head, Resource Acquisition and in collaboration with not only the AUL for LRE but also with other key library leaders and managers with research collections responsibilities to strengthen existing models of content provision as well as explore and develop new approaches for providing research content to the George Mason University scholarly community.

Responsibilities: The Content Strategy Officers primary role is to direct, coordinate and assess the Libraries overall content strategy (including the identification and selection of scientific and scholarly research materials) as it relates to the Libraries research collections, whether owned, subscribed to, shared, open, accessed or otherwise made available to the George Mason University scholarly community.

Duties: Through continuous development of libraries-wide content strategies and coordination of collection development activities of approximately 30 subject expert librarians and other staff, the Content Strategy Officer ensures adequacy of all on-site collections as well as access to collections by distance learners and all other off-site users and researchers. The CSO works closely with the heads of all libraries, disciplinary and other team leads, and with managers across all three divisions of the libraries in developing afore-mentioned, and forward-looking content strategies.

The Content Strategy Officer works in close collaboration with the Libraries Assessment and Planning Office in the investigation and implementation of new paradigms of assessment for the content, research collections, and related services the Libraries provides.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library and Information Science OR an equivalent certified foreign degree;
  • Experience of at least three years at a professional level working in some aspect of collection development/management, content strategy, or related area;
  • In-depth knowledge of academic electronic and print publishing;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate peer responsibilities in a collaborative environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively on teams;
  • Excellent written and oral communication and public presentation skills;
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to succeed in a dynamic and complex environment;
  • Demonstrated successful supervisory experience; and
  • Strong commitment to service excellence. Preferred Qualifications:
  • Highly Desirable: additional advanced degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Experience developing working partnerships through outreach and engagement with university communities and clienteles;
  • Demonstrated Project Management skills;
  • Established record of research/scholarly publications and presentations at conferences focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning;
  • Evidence of relevant professional service activities at the state, regional, or national levels; and
  • Substantial professional collection development experience in a research-level library.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply: 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.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginias leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

Special Instructions : All applications for this position (FA262) MUST be submitted online at George Masons employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (, Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin April 17, 2019.

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Equity Statement : George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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