Director, Research & Instruction

at University of South Florida Libraries (view profile)
Published April 5, 2022
Location 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB122, Tampa, FL 33620, Tampa, Florida
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements Master's degree from an accredited institution in library science.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $65,000
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Department: USF Libraries, Tampa Campus

College/Division: Academic Affairs

Salary Plan: Faculty

Hiring Salary/Salary Range: Compensation and academic rank commensurate with experience, starting at $65,000

Research & Instruction, USF Libraries Department Summary

The USF Libraries Research & Instruction (R&I) department is committed to advancing high-impact research, innovation, and transformative learning. We partner with faculty and other academic units on the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-Manatee campuses on a wide range of collaborative teaching and research activities including: self-guided and librarian-led instruction on information and data literacy; professional development workshops that support faculty teaching and curricular development; workshops for researchers that provide tools and strategies that support all stages of the research process and enhance research impact and visibility; resources such as library guides, curated open resources and course material lists; curricular initiatives; and long-term collaborations with faculty on notable USF strategic initiatives.

Position Summary:

The University of South Florida Libraries seek a Director to lead the Research & Instruction Department. The Director will be responsible for leading a dynamic team of liaison librarians, collaborating with the library R&I leadership on the St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses and must be well equipped to mentor a new cohort of librarians after multiple retirements and a revitalization of the department.

The Director serves as the point of contact for the department and builds partnerships with both academic and non-academic units to raise awareness of library research & instruction services. The position will require an accessible manager who sets clear goals, manages and evaluates performance, and shapes a positive workplace environment.  Through data driven decision making the Director will assess and implement research & instruction initiatives, manage a departmental budget, and participate in library and university strategic initiative directions as appropriate. The successful candidate will actively foster an equitable and inclusive workplace and work effectively with a diverse university community.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree from an accredited institution in library science and appropriate experience as a professional librarian consistent with university guidelines. Evidence of professional growth through publication, association activities, or other contributions to the field.  Must meet university criteria for appointment to the rank of Associate Librarian.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A second graduate degree
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends, methods, and best practices in supporting library research & instruction services.
  • Demonstrated leadership in building and managing innovative library research and instruction programs or services.
  • Technological fluency, a willingness to stay up to date with library trends
  • Evidence of the ability to engage in scholarship and/or creative achievements as required for promotion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to contributing to a culturally diverse educational and work environment.
  • Experience teaching both synchronously and asynchronously.
  • Ability to conduct programmatic assessments, environmental scans, and reviews of faculty, staff and student research and library instruction needs.
  • Experience in mentoring and/or supporting the professional growth and development of academic librarians
  • Experience in developing, designing, and delivering instructional curricula
  • Experience with budget management and oversight

Additional Information for Applicants

Applications must be submitted through the Careers@USF website, Job ID 30201 and include a cover letter and CV. The cover letter should indicate a preferred area of interest: Behavioral Sciences, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, or STEM fields.  The R&I Department is committed to mentoring librarians at all levels by supporting professional development, research productivity, and professional service. Please go to for more information. We are open to all levels of excellence. USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

The USF Libraries

The USF Libraries—with locations in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota-- are reinventing our service to research faculty and students, in the process becoming a model for other libraries. Our daily work brings us into contact with globally recognized faculty and researchers, and many of our collections are online and available worldwide. Being a part of the USF Libraries means being a part of a vibrant, creative, and forward-thinking organization.

Information for Applicants 

This position is subject to a Level #1 criminal background check.

Job Opening Number: 30201

Posting Date:  03/21/2022

Posting End Date: 05/05/2022

How To Apply 

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Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above.  YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

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Equal Employment Opportunity 

USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sexual harassment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.

Work Location 

Campus map and location overview: USF - Tampa Campus

About USF 

The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report's national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state's 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF

With more than 16,000 employees at USF, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region.  At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees.  We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.

To learn more about working at USF please visit: Work Here. Learn Here. Grow Here.