Director of Research & Engagement

at UC Santa Barbara Library (view profile)
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Date Posted October 10, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Twitter Handle @UCSBLibrary


The University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.

UC Santa Barbara Library seeks a highly-motivated, creative, and service-oriented director for its newly-created Research & Engagement Department. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Learning & Engagement, the director will be responsible for creating a vision for Library research and engagement with the UCSB campus and broader community. The director will lead a team of librarians and staff in designing, delivering, and evaluating programs, services, and solutions that establish the Library as a partner in addressing the research, teaching, and learning goals of our faculty, students, and staff. The expected effective date of this position is March 1, 2020 or later.


The director will coordinate and collaborate with the directors of other departments in the Learning & Engagement Division, which includes Teaching & Learning and Reference Services, and with other public-facing Library departments and programs such as the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, Data Curation, Special Research Collections, Collection Strategies, and Scholarly Communication.

This administrative position will manage a team of nine Research & Engagement librarians, an Events & Exhibitions Librarian, and two staff assistants (Diversity & Engagement Assistant and Programming & Events Assistant). Research & Engagement librarians actively work within and across academic departments and programs to provide in-person and virtual research support and consultations, information literacy instruction, and research tutorials and guides. Working closely with the Director of Teaching & Learning, the Research & Engagement Director will partner with librarians in the department to engage disciplinary faculty and administrators in conversations around information literacy learning outcomes and emerging literacies as the Library seeks opportunities to integrate information literacy into the curricula.

Building on the successful foundation laid by our Student Success Librarian, the director will strengthen collaborations with campus partners, including the Transfer Student Center, ONDAS (Opening New Doors to Accelerating Success) Student Center, Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Graduate Division, Educational Opportunity Program, Office of International Students & Scholars, and Undocumented Student Services/Dream Scholars. The director will participate in campus activities and build strong relationships with campus communities and leaders. They will maintain flexibility in the department to respond to new collaboration opportunities with academic departments, research centers, support services, and more.

The director will supervise the team in designing, implementing, assessing, and refining Library outreach programs for distinct and diverse populations, including new students, first-generation students, transfer students, international students, bridge students, honors students, cultural communities, prospective students, new faculty, parents, alumni, and retirees.

The director will oversee a robust and high-profile Events and Exhibitions Program that showcases the richness of scholarly and creative work at UCSB, and that connects researchers, teaching faculty, students, librarians, and audiences from multiple disciplines in our central campus location. The director will work with the Library’s Development and Communications staff to promote and build upon innovative programs and services that position UCSB Library as a platform for the creation and sharing of new knowledge, such as the Library Award for Undergraduate Research and the Pacific Views Speaker Series.

The Research & Engagement Department is responsible for monitoring and responding to user feedback and for proactively seeking and facilitating conversations with campus partners to increase the effectiveness of Library services and spaces.

The director will be responsible for annual cycles of budget management, goal-setting, and performance evaluations in their area. Working with the AUL, they will define engagement best practices, and gather metrics for assessing engagement success, with the goal of demonstrating value, informing decision- making, and refining programs. They will partner with the Library’s Learning Organization Program to foster and cultivate engagement competencies among librarians and staff.



  • At time of application, ALA-accredited Master’s in library or information science, OR at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field; and
  • At least five years’ professional experience in an academic library setting.


  • Demonstrated experience leading projects, teams, and new initiatives as evidenced by work experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in reference, instruction, outreach, and/or user experience as evidenced by work experience;
  • Familiarity with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the research process and data lifecycle, and current scholarly communication issues as evidenced by undergraduate or advanced degree coursework, or work experience; and
  • Excellent written communication skills.


  • Excellent oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community;
  • Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library services;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Knowledge of user experience best practices;
  • Proficiency employing digital platforms and technologies for outreach and engagement;
  • Experience planning and producing public events;
  • Proficiency with program assessment techniques and tools; and
  • Awareness of emerging library technologies and service trends in academic libraries.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans for vested employees and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

To Apply

  • Apply by November 12 for primary consideration, thereafter this position will remain open until filled. Only completed applications, including a CV, a cover letter, names and contact information for two references, and an optional but encouraged statement of contributions to diversity, will be considered.
    • Statements of contribution to diversity, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.
  • Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:
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  • For additional assistance, contact Ryan George with Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or
  • Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.