Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Coordinator of Instructional Services

Position: Coordinator of Instructional Services
Research and Instructional Services Department
Virginia Commonwealth University

The VCU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Coordinator of Instructional Services in the Research and Instructional Services Department. VCU Libraries seeks a creative, energetic, and collaborative leader to oversee instructional services within the recently expanded and reorganized Research and Instructional Services Department. The incumbent will be responsible for a highly successful suite of education services on the Monroe Park Campus of VCU that includes Web-based tutorials, workshops, and classroom instruction. The Coordinator of Instructional Services will establish departmental goals and objectives for an integrated collection of virtual and in-person programs that teach research skills, promote information literacy, and enhance the student experience at VCU. He or she will promote state-of-the-art services through continual innovation and awareness of national trends and best practices. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.


Reporting to the Head of Research and Instructional Services at the James Branch Cabell Library, the Coordinator of Instructional Services leads and participates in the design, delivery, and assessment of instructional services and coordinates the teaching activities of the department’s eight reference librarians and five classified staff. He or she will oversee the integration of library collections and services into course management software; identify best practices and set standards of excellence for teaching; advise instructors of emerging trends; and provide training and continuing education to library instructors. The Coordinator of Instructional Services will partner with the Undergraduate Services Librarian to design education initiatives for undergraduates, including those enrolled in the University and Honors Colleges, and collaborate with departmental liaison librarians to expand instructional services for academic departments. He or she will work with the Head, Research and Instructional Services, to understand and advance the department’s overall objectives, engaging in specific activities as requested to this end. He or she also manages library teaching facilities, including the Library Instruction Classroom, and participates in providing reference services, including some evenings and weekends. He or she may supervise one or more faculty, full-time classified staff, or student or hourly workers. The Coordinator of Instructional Services is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate or equivalent accredited degree in a related academic discipline such as Education. Demonstrated knowledge of instructional design and the application of technology to instructional services. Preferred: Substantial experience designing and leading instructional activities that range from first year programs to course-integrated support for graduate and research programs. Evidence of effective project management skills and the ability to plan and implement a program of services. Experience assessing instructional services, including classroom instruction and Web-based offerings, and developing course content. Understanding of learning theory and pedagogy. Significant experience with course management software, Web authoring tools, multimedia, and other instructional technologies. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and student learning. Ability to formulate and articulate a vision for instructional services. Preference for collaboration and group work. Management and supervisory experience. Academic reference and instruction experience as a subject liaison in a research library. Ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities under pressure. Strong service orientation. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience working in a culturally diverse environment highly preferred.

Salary: $50,000 minimum annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see

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For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at Review of applications will begin January 30, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Kathleen McColgan
Personnel Administrator
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
804-828-0151 (fax)

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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