Meadville Lombard Theological School (Unitarian Universalist) seeks an
innovative and collaborative leader to serve as its Director of Library and
Information Technology. The successful candidate will lead
strategic and sustained technological innovations, and will coordinate their
operations and assessment. The Director will play a key role in improving
collaborative user-focused information technology services that contribute to
the success of Meadville Lombard students, faculty, and staff. The Director
will be committed to leading, building and supporting an active, responsive,
globally and socially engaged, twenty-first-century library.
A graduate theological institution, Meadville Lombard is academically
rigorous, spiritually grounded, unapologetically progressive and deeply
committed to teaching and learning for social justice and
transformation. Meadville's innovative education model is a
low residency program grounded in service learning and a three year integrated
internship. Students travel to Chicago four times a year
for learning convocations and intensives in addition to regular contact with
faculty and students through a variety of standard technology formats,
including social media. The successful candidate must have
competency in functioning in a multi-racial, multicultural and theologically
diverse learning and work environment.
Reporting to the Provost, the Director of Library and Information Technology
is a full time 12 month exempt administrative position. The
Director functions as the individual responsible for providing information and
resource services to Meadville Lombard Theological School's students, faculty
and staff, as well as UU religious professionals, the wider UU community and
researchers. The Director has close working relationships
with the Faculty, the Vice President, Finance and Administration, the Director
of Student Services, and the Director of Development and Communications,
supporting the IT needs of all departments.
* Direct information technology strategic planning, building and goal-setting initiatives to enhance the Libraries' effectiveness as an innovative learning and discovery center.
* Lead the faculty, staff and students in imagining library usage in the new milieu of a low-residency program that continues to serve students and their academic needs.
* Manage the administrative and instructional IT functions.
* Oversee contracted administrative IT tech support services.
* Teach digital and information literacy to faculty, staff and students, including digital inclusion.
* Guide the faculty in the integration of the use of technology in pedagogical design, curriculum development and online instruction.
* Identify future steps for organizing, preserving, and making accessible the archive collections.
* Identify and secure, in cooperation with the Meadville Lombard Development staff, external funding support for Library and IT initiatives.
* Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program required.
* 1-3 years of experience working in libraries; applications from recent graduates are welcome.
* Experience in managing library automation and electronic resource systems.
* Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of IT principles, process, systems and standards. Deep understanding of technology trends in library services and in higher education.
* Conversant in community informatics - how information and communication technologies empowers or enables physical communities.
* Trained in community engagement and social justice.
* Knowledge and experience integrating the use of technology in pedagogical design, curriculum development, and online instruction.
* Expertise in varied library technology applications that can extend collections and services to non-resident learners; awareness of current and emerging trends in information technology.
* Archival experience is a plus.
The successful applicant will have excellent organizational, communication,
problem-solving and time management skills; be active in professional
activities/organizations; have a strong service orientation to our faculty,
staff, students, alumni, and the scholarly community; and maintain an ongoing
interest in learning new trends in library and information
technology. This person's preference will be to work
collaboratively as a part of a team and will be able to provide leadership in
their area of expertise. The successful applicant will
share an appreciation for Unitarian Universalism, its values and its
Meadville Lombard Theological School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
encourages women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply.
The School is committed to enriching its educational experience through the
diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.
Meadville Lombard Theological School offers a competitive salary and benefits
package including spouse/partner/family insurance options.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional letters
of reference via email.
Send application materials to:
Dr. Sharon Welch
Provost and Professor of Religion and Society
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