Friday, December 7, 2007

Training and Organization Development Officer

The University of California, Irvine Libraries is seeking a dynamic professional to provide leadership in the areas of training and organizational development for a rapidly growing organization. The successful candidate will work in a collaborative environment of evolving institutional expectations and will develop and lead a comprehensive program of continuous learning, training, and development in support of the Libraries’ mission and strategic goals.

The Training and Organizational Development Officer is a new position in the Libraries’ Human Resources department and is independently responsible for assessing librarywide training and organizational development needs, and proactively developing strategies and programs to strengthen employees’ skills, knowledge, capacity for career progression, and sense of community. Working collaboratively with managers and supervisors, the incumbent will identify and prioritize organizational development needs, and will develop a strategic plan for training and development that includes but is not limited to: facilitating change; new technology; supervisory skills; group effectiveness; core competency assessment; mentorship; communication; performance evaluation; succession planning; library systems and operations; customer service; and library trends. Additionally, the incumbent will develop strategies for delivering programs that may include in-house design and implementation, contracting professional services, use of existing or developing technologies, establishing collaborative efforts with other organizations to leverage resources (e.g. UCI Human Resources and academic departments, UC-system, other university libraries), or other innovative methods such as self-paced learning modules. The incumbent is responsible for updating and implementing a comprehensive orientation program for new employees to convey the goals and mission of the Libraries. Working with the Libraries’ Director of Planning, Assessment and Research, Director of Information Technology, and others, the incumbent will coordinate the development and delivery of all training sessions and workshops throughout the Libraries, and will personally conduct training sessions as well as provide coaching and advice for colleagues involved in program delivery. The Training and Organizational Development Officer will establish evaluative measures to assess the effectiveness of all sessions and actively take steps to continually improve program delivery. The position will manage the training and organizational development budget; convene an advisory committee to identify organizational needs; oversee development and maintenance of a training and organizational development website; represent the Libraries on campus, regionally, and nationally.

The Training and Organizational Development Officer reports to the Director of Finance and Human Resources and will serve as an active team member of the Library Human Resources Department. The position may also be involved in Library-wide personnel activities, including policy interpretation, development of procedures, labor relations, recruitment, retention, and identification and implementation of best practices to improve operations and services.

Required Qualifications

· Knowledge of adult learning theory and practices, including analysis, design, development, delivery, and evaluation.
· Experience effectively coordinating and facilitating the work of groups or teams.
· Ability to identify and develop library-wide organizational development and training opportunities, keeping abreast of current trends and methodologies.
· Skill to actively listen to and interpret specific development needs of managers and employees and to assess options for effectively addressing development needs.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to design and deliver comprehensive and engaging instructional sessions.
· Knowledge of and experience designing visual communication materials and active learning techniques to enhance instruction experience.
· Skill to research and identify external professional development consultant services with expertise in areas that are a close match with the Libraries’ organizational development needs.
· Outstanding interpersonal skills with ability to effectively accomplish objectives with sensitivity and diplomacy, and to resolve conflict with a professional demeanor and using sound judgment.
· Ability to work effectively with staff in a multicultural and diverse environment.
· Strong analytical and innovative problem-solving skills.
· Skill to manage program resources, including planning activities within the context of existing financial resources, coordinating activities of advisory committee and program volunteers, and overseeing/directing the work of consultants.
· Skill to develop teams within the Libraries to deliver internal programs, working effectively to achieve a common goal, and providing respectful but constructive feedback to help improve program delivery.
· Skill to facilitate organizational change through communication and training.
· Ability to produce meaningful outcomes from development activities.
· Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and continually make improvements.
· Strong organizational skills and ability to manage competing priorities and deliver results.
· Education or training in relevant courses/workshops/certificate or degree programs.

Preferred Qualifications

· Relevant experience in a higher education organization, preferably an academic or research library.
· Professional training and/or facilitation certification.
· Graduate degree in library or information science, business administration, organization development or a relevant discipline.
· Ability to produce eLearning courses and online assessments.

The Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the College of Health Sciences (including the School of Medicine) and the Schools of Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the clinical needs of the Health Sciences at the UCI Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 273 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 2.7 million volumes, over 48,000 current serial titles, and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, three Nobel prizes since 1995, and ranking in many surveys among the nation’s best public universities.

Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2014 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 40 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level is $58,262 - $76,729. Working title is Training and Organizational Development Officer. Payroll title for the position is Principal Administrative Analyst I.

UC Benefits include comprehensive health and welfare plans, retirement plan, minimum of three weeks of vacation per year and career advancement opportunities.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by January 2, 2007 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply: Please apply directly at: Search by job number #2007-1483. For additional information on the UCI Libraries, please see:

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer
committed to excellence through diversity.

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