Librarian – Director of Open Partnerships and Services

at The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries (view profile)
Published July 25, 2022
Location Arlington, Texas
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $80,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Job Summary:
The UTA Libraries’ Director of Open Partnerships and Services (OPS) provides leadership and collaborates with stakeholders to advance creative scholarship, educational affordability, student success, and access to and use of UTA scholarly publications through open strategies, including open scholarship, access, science, data, and publishing. The department of Open Partnerships and Services includes digital publishing, digitization, digital humanities, course reserves, and data visualization. The director will have primary responsibility for creating and sustaining partnerships, programs, and services that advance the creation of open scholarship. As a member of the Dean’s Department Heads and Directors leadership team, the Director of OPS will actively engage in planning and implementing programs and services for the UTA Libraries.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for the advancement of a range of open initiatives to enhance access, success, affordability, equity, and creative scholarship opportunities for UTA scholars. Collaborates with stakeholders to educate and increase awareness of the advantages of open publishing, data, access, and scholarship. Advocates for open as the default for research and education. Promotes and represents the Libraries and University as a leader in open across the state and nationally. Champions potential collaborations with scholars who are interested in open initiatives, ideating and cultivating partnerships between the broader UTA community and the logistical work of the department’s functional units. Partners with key stakeholders in open strategies, including the Libraries’ Director of Open Educational Resources and Department Head of Access & Discovery.
  • Provides vision and leadership for the department’s functional units including hiring, supervising, mentoring, problem-solving, and goal setting for staff within the department. Plans initiatives for the department that align with the Libraries’ and Universities strategic plans.
  • Develops and maintains tools, partnerships, resources, and educational programs to increase awareness of essential authors’ and readers’ rights, including data privacy, expansion and continuity of access, accessibility, and expansion of underrepresented voices within the scholarly community.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Assessment and campus partners to evaluate and report on the impact of open initiatives. Stays abreast of changes in the educational resource landscape and contributes to the scholarly conversation by publishing and presenting the benefits of Open Data, Open Scholarship, and Open Access. Engages in service to the Libraries, University, System, and professional organizations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Demonstrated knowledge of open strategies and potential impact on access/impact of scholarship and student success
  • Demonstrated project or personnel leadership experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, specifically Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Proficiency in Windows Operating System and file management


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional library experience in engagement with library and/or university open and related initiatives that advance affordability, access, and creation of scholarship
  • Minimum of three (3) years in a research or academic library
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience building faculty partnerships and library programs or services
  • Strong capacity for working enthusiastically, flexibly, and creatively in a student-centered environment
  • Knowledge of copyright, permissions, and appropriate attribution of CC-licensed materials to support reuse and remix


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced project planning and management skills, involving designing, leading, and completing a project within its intended scope and timeline
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Be an advocate and ally for equity, diversity, justice, and inclusion
  • Ability to foster a positive working environment and model the Libraries’ Guiding Principles through daily actions and behaviors
  • Ability to lead, cultivate, and empower staff
  • Effective time management skills
  • Advanced customer experience skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, including excellent interpersonal skills as well as verbal and written skills
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to transfer and apply knowledge and experience to new situations
  • Ability to analyze situations and make sound decisions
  • Ability to excel in a changing university environment


Our future colleague will also have an affinity for our Guiding Principles. These principles define HOW we do our work. These are our Guiding Principles exemplified through how we treat our colleagues:
We Care. We care about you, your success, your growth, your passions and all that you bring to the table.
We Empower. We empower our staff to be creative, think outside the box, work autonomously, and provide resources necessary for success.
We Take Ownership. We take ownership of our organizational culture and YOU take ownership of how our culture is shaped.
We Are Extraordinary. We are extraordinary because we attract and hire extraordinarily talented individuals like you!

APPLY NOW – We can’t wait to welcome you to our team.
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EEO Statement
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.