Associate Director, Learning Engagement

at Yale University (view profile)
Published May 22, 2024
Location New Haven, Connecticut
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Associate Director, Learning Engagement


University Job Title: Associate Director, Engagement, Science and Social Science, Marx Library


Bargaining Unit: None - Not included in the union (Yale Union Group)


Time Type: Full time


Duration Type: Regular


Compensation Grade: library


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Work Location: Central Campus


Worksite Address: 219 Prospect Street

New Haven, CT 06511


Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)


Searchable Job Family: Library


Total # of Hours to be Works: 37.5


Position Focus:


Yale University Library seeks an innovative leader to join a newly formed team as the inaugural Associate Director, Learning Engagement, and to reenvision research and learning support for the sciences and social sciences. Reporting to the Director, Science and Social Science, the Associate Director provides vision and leadership for four professional staff who support learning in science, social science, and related interdisciplinary programs, as well as for undeclared undergraduates. The incumbent will establish and continuously improve the learning support service model based on current pedagogical practices, grounded in student and faculty academic needs, and aligned to Yale library strategies. To enable such work, the Associate Director will develop and maintain strong working relationships with administrators, faculty, and students in these areas, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for learning programs and services.


The incumbent will oversee strategy and operations for instruction and outreach activities related to the Science and Social Science Group and coach the department to navigate changes in the information and education landscape and better meet user needs. The Associate Director will nurture the development of innovative learning support programs, including novel approaches to curriculum integrated instruction, library workshops, bibliographic management support, library peer mentors, orientations, and other outreach or student success activities. Activities are offered across multiple library locations, but primarily occur at Marx Science and Social Science Library and the Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Library.


As part of the Science and Social Science management team, the Associate Director, Learning Engagement, works collaboratively with the Director and the Associate Director, Research Engagement, to plan and carry out the work of the group in a team-based environment. Together, this team ensures that research support programs, projects, and spaces are grounded in rich insights of faculty, researcher, and student academic and professional needs, while also supporting interdisciplinary learning and research.


The two Associate Directors work together to triangulate needfinding, implement an assessment and analysis program across the Science and Social Science portfolio, balance workloads and service iteration between Learning Engagement and Research Engagement, and coordinate internal and external communications for the group. The Associate Directors will collaborate to set group and programmatic goals, create a budget, and provide input on functional space programming. In collaboration with colleagues across Yale University Library, and with campus partners, they will deliver programs and services that enable innovative learning, interdisciplinary scholarship, and advance Yale Library's research and learning program.


Yale University Library serves a diverse staff, campus, local, and global community and is deeply committed to advancing its goals for equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This commitment is reflected in our mission, strategic directions, staff values, initiatives, and scholarly activity. To support our goals for staff recruitment, retention, and development, Yale Library invites applications from candidates whose philosophies align with these commitments and who have demonstrated success with supporting diversity and inclusion through their work, service, research, and/or teaching.

The position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 3 or 4 based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications. Librarian ranking information can be found here:


Application deadline for first consideration is June 7, 2024 and will continue until position is filled.


Essential Duties:


  1. Provides leadership and vision for science, social science, and interdisciplinary programs. 2. Provides coaching, mentorship, and performance management for a highly skilled team, including hiring and staff development.3. Collaborates with Director and Associate Director to implement a team-based approach for research and learning support.4. Engages with deans, chairs, faculty, and students in support of the University’s learning and research missions. 5. Collaborates with colleagues throughout Yale University Library as well as with other campus units in support of teaching and learning.6. Works independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and team environment.7. Designs projects and brings them to conclusion in a timely manner.8. Serves on Library and University committees.9. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to encourage innovation and insure excellence.10. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.11. May be assigned to work at any Yale University location. 12. May perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:


  1. A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent degree or other relevant advanced academic degree. Minimum of 5 years of related professional experience required.2. Background in science, engineering, social science, education, or other relevant field.3. Supervisory, leadership, and/or project management experience.4. Experience delivering research support services in a library/academic setting; or experience teaching in a library/academic setting. 5. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.


Required Skill/Ability 1:


Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


Required Skill/Ability 2:


Demonstrated problem solving skills with a strong commitment to innovation, creativity, and excellence.


Required Skill/Ability 3:


Demonstrated experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.


Required Skill/Ability 4:


Demonstrated commitment to collaborative and user-driven public service programs.


Required Skill/Ability 5:


Demonstrated skill in developing and/or leading teaching and learning services or programs.


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:


Experience delivering service, program, and/or portfolio assessment. Experience overseeing budgets. Experience in applying emerging technologies and web applications to teaching and learning. Knowledge of teaching pedagogies and practices in science, engineering and/or social science.


Drug Screen: No


Health Screening: No


Background Check Requirements:


All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. For additional information on the background check requirements and process visit "Learn about background checks" under the Applicant Support Resources section of Careers on the It's Your Yale website.


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement:


The University maintains policies pertaining to COVID-19. All faculty, staff, students, and trainees are required to comply with these policies, which may be found here:


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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.


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