Assistant Program Director & Research Service Coordinator (UCSD)


Open date: February 6th, 2017
Next review date: March 6th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: March 20th, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The University of California San Diego Library is seeking an innovative, collaborative, and flexible professional to join the Library as Assistant Program Director and Research Services Coordinator for the Reference & Research Advisory Services Program. The Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The University and the Library
With 34,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels. For more than a decade, UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report and for the third year in a row as the 14th best university in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2015, for the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego was ranked 1st in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s College Guide based on the positive impact the university has had on the country in terms of enabling social mobility, research productivity and civic engagement.

The UC San Diego Library is committed to student learning and success; the advancement of digital services to bolster faculty research and data preservation; and active sustainability and community engagement efforts. The Library plays a vital role in the University’s achievements and success and is continuously reimagining its portfolio of services, spaces, and resources to best meet the needs of the campus community. The Library’s Academic Liaison Program provides academic outreach and information services in support of UC San Diego’s teaching and research activities.

Reference & Research Services Program
The Reference & Research Advisory Services Program (RRAS) contributes to the UC San Diego Library’s mission of providing world class resources to meet the evolving teaching, learning, and research needs of the UC San Diego campus. We actively participate in supporting and shaping discovery, engage in the co-production of knowledge, and enable Library users to become effective and efficient information consumers.
Now is an exciting time to join the UC San Diego Library as the Geisel Library Revitalization Initiative (GLRI) is underway. This initiative will transform the interior public spaces of the campus’ main library into modern, technology-rich spaces, ensuring that it will continue to serve as a high-caliber, cutting-edge campus resource. RRAS will contribute significantly towards this transformation. We are especially excited about how new spaces and services will be organized into user-focused zones, and how RRAS can positively influence the design of the service zones on the two main floors plus the development of a new Center for Digital Scholarship. Integral to this revitalization effort, we plan to expand our services, including Data, GIS, and Digital Humanities, to more effectively and efficiently respond to current and emerging scholarly trends.

About the Position
This new position has been created to help RRAS expand service offerings to meet current and changing user needs as well as contemporary research and scholarship demands. The successful candidate will be forward thinking and will play a significant role in the GLRI. The person in this position will contribute towards the vision, space design, and development of service offerings and forthcoming initiatives to provide a more cohesive and holistic environment for users, including establishing a Center for Digital Scholarship. They will serve on the RRAS Management Team and will identify, coordinate, and implement new service offerings, including expanding Data, GIS and Digital Humanities services. The incumbent will also serve as a coordinator for the Program on select projects, initiatives, task groups, and pilots, proactively collaborating and interacting with other Library programs. In addition, they will play an important supervisory role in managing, overseeing, and guiding the activities of a creative group of librarians and staff in Data Services, GIS, Digital Humanities, and Maps.

Position Responsibilities
• Assists Program Director in setting and meeting program goals, and helps plan, create, implement, and administer program-wide services, policies, and procedures
• Serves on the program’s management team responsible for making decisions on program strategy, budgeting, resources, and staffing needs
• Collaborates with programs across the Library and externally to coordinate, plan, and implement innovative services to meet evolving academic research interests
• Provides leadership, oversight, and strategies for expanding Data, GIS, and Digital Humanities services to support current and emerging user needs
• Supervises the Data Librarian, the GIS Librarian, the Map Librarian, and the Digital Humanities Specialist
• Contributes significantly to developing the vision, service design, and forthcoming services related to digital scholarship
• Provides reference, research assistance, and instruction as needed
• Acts on behalf of the program director in their absence

Required Qualifications
• Professional degree from a library school, or an advanced degree or equivalent experience in library science, information science, or information management
• Experience supervising or coordinating library staff
• Experience initiating, developing, or implementing new services
• Strong understanding of current and emerging research lifecycle practices
• Familiarity with emerging technologies and tools related to data, GIS, digital scholarship, and research services
• Demonstrated ability to manage projects involving many stakeholders
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Excellent analytical and organizational skills
• Strong commitment to excellence in service, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and users from diverse backgrounds
• Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. Librarians at UC San Diego are non-Senate academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position.

The UC San Diego Library is committed to supporting the University’s rich and diverse academic environment inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, ability, and ethnic backgrounds. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to contribute professionally with scholarly publications and/or presentations and through active participation in professional organizations.


San Diego, CA


More information about this recruitment:



  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Contributions to diversity – Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)


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