Sunday, January 19, 2014

Manager, Learning Engagement

The Drexel University Libraries seeks an energetic and innovative manager to successfully lead librarians and work with faculty to embed curricula and coursework with all aspects of information literacy and related lifelong learning skills.  Collaborating with other library and campus instructional experts, the manager will explore and strengthen applications of information and communication technologies for effective delivery of instructional support for online and face-to-face learning environments.  The manager will apply knowledge and experience in assessment to improve instruction and learners’ mastery of information literacy skills and competencies.  To evolve the Learning Engagement program, the manager will lead expansion of the Libraries’ knowledge of appropriate pedagogies for diverse learners and learning environments, instructional design and use of technology to meet these goals.  Review of applications will begin January 17, 2014.


The Manager, Learning Engagement, provides managerial leadership for the Drexel University Libraries’ program of instruction, which actively engages faculty, librarians and expert academic staff to develop students’ abilities to effectively discover and utilize information and data in their work.  This program supports the University’s mission of developing students who are self-directed, life-long learners.  The Libraries’ impact on student learning is framed by indicators of academic success including the Drexel Student Learning Priorities (DSLP) core competencies for Drexel graduates that include information literacy.  Specifically, the Learning Engagement program aims to enable learners to explore and develop superior levels of DSLP competencies to identify, evaluate and use authoritative information resources, and to facilitate faculty teaching.

Reporting to the Director of Academic Partnerships, the Manager supervises some and leads all liaison librarians involved in the Libraries’ program of Instruction. As a member of the Libraries’ Managerial Leadership Group, this Manager contributes to the ongoing operations of the Libraries through participation in strategic planning and divisional decision-making, and in implementation of library policies.  Accountability is regularly reported through program goal setting, fiscal and performance evaluation, and client-based satisfaction and outcomes assessment. Librarians are expected to be professionally active through participation in campus activities, external service, and/or publication and presentation. 

Library Academic Partnerships focuses on strengthening Drexel’s connections to scholarly communications. The division’s liaison librarians working within a matrixed organizational structure are responsible for coaching mastery of core literacy skills, fostering self-directed and life-long learning practices, designing technology-based teaching tools, providing consultation for scholarly engagement, and building collections and electronic resources for utilization within the Drexel University community.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead innovative and coordinated program of instruction with primary focus on information literacy
  • Lead and coordinate librarians and other staff in support of instructional program
  • Collaborate with faculty and other instructional experts to promote, develop and embed information literacy in  the university curricula and student academic experiences
  • Collaborate with campus leaders in continued development and support of online learning programs
  • Supervise liaison librarians and mentor them to professionally develop and successfully contribute to the Libraries partnership, research and services programs
  • Serve as liaison to at least one college or department, dependent on academic background & professional experience
  • Participate in Libraries’ Managerial Leadership Group and in divisional leadership efforts towards Libraries planning, assessment & evaluation
  • Engage in professional development through presentations, publications, continuing education and/or personal involvement in professional associations 

Required Qualifications:
  • A graduate degree, ALA accredited MLS degree preferred
  • Demonstrated experience and expert knowledge of pedagogy and instructional techniques
  • Demonstrated successful experience with utilizing technology both face-to-face and online to meet instructional outcomes
  • Knowledge of learning outcomes assessment and evidence of conducting program evaluations
  • Demonstrated experience with learning management system(s)
  • Minimum four years of professional experience in an educational organization, preferably in an academic library
  • Record of growth and success in management responsibilities, including supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated involvement and contribution to the professional community

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate degree and/or graduate coursework in a science or applied science discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in higher education
  • Experience with Blackboard Learn LMS
  • Demonstrated success working within a matrix organization
  • Demonstrated success as an entrepreneurial or innovative leader

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