Head of Education and Outreach

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an energetic, creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented librarian for the position of Head of the Department of Education & Outreach.  The successful candidate will play a key role in leading innovation and collaboration in the Libraries’ education and outreach program.

Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing UCI’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of the Department of Education and Outreach (E&O) is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing an active, comprehensive library education and outreach program that meets the needs of a growing campus and the evolving environment of scholarly communication. The Head of E&O collaborates with faculty, administrators, and students in all disciplines across campus as well as library managers, research librarians, and the regional community. The Head of E&O, who reports to the AUL for Public Services, is an active member of Leadership Council, the UCI Libraries’ senior management team responsible for library-wide planning and policy making, and the Public Services Leadership Team.  The Head of E&O supervises four librarians and a library assistant and coordinates the instruction efforts by members of other library departments, divisions, and functions to lead the Libraries' robust teaching program 

Key Responsibilities include: 

  • Proactively engaging the campus community to ensure that library information resources and services become an integral part of the teaching, learning, and research activities of the campus.  
  • Working closely with research librarians, and staff to systematically assess needs, design instructional offerings that support learning and research, integrate information literacy into the curriculum, and assess learning outcomes.
  • Strengthening, expanding, and promoting the Libraries’ general and advanced instruction programs and lower-division course-related instructional offerings.
  • Enhancing library support for 1st generation, transfer and international students.
  • Collaborating with faculty and expert instructors to deliver a wide array of instruction and support.  
  • Coordinating the centralized process of collecting, organizing, and analyzing all instruction and classroom use statistics and regularly reports instruction data to instructors, the Reference Department Head, and Leadership Council as appropriate. 
  • Developing and maintaining instruction resources and materials for the UCI Libraries Web site, such as tutorials and online research and subject guides. 
  • Coordinating outreach partnerships with academic departments and other campus programs to take advantage of opportunities to integrate library resources, information literacy instruction and materials, and information technology into academic curricula and special programs.  
  • Developing collaborative programs and initiatives with campus partners including the Division of Undergraduate Education, Graduate Division, Student Affairs, the Campus Wide Honors Program, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and the Office of Information Technology. 
  • Strengthening and expanding outreach partnerships with academic departments and other campus programs to take advantage of opportunities to integrate library resources, information literacy instruction and materials, and information technology into academic curricula and special programs.
  • Sharing best practices in instruction and serving as a resource for the improvement of teaching for all librarians and library staff members.  Conducting ongoing evaluation of the instruction program, and mentoring new and experienced instructors.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA¬ accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience. 
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of library pedagogy and understanding of teaching best practices.
  • Successful experience designing and teaching information literacy.
  • Strong interest in information literacy, data literacy, open access, and scholarly communication.
  • Familiarity with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. 
  • Familiarity with designing and creating tutorials, learning objects, or other curricular resources.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends and emerging technologies in the area of library instruction and online education.
  • Commitment to user ¬centered library services. 
  • Interest in working with campus partners to integrate information literacy into the curricula. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Ability to implement assessment strategies for library instruction programs.
  • Ability to successfully supervise, mentor, and train librarians and staff.
  • Ability to lead teams and plan projects and new initiatives.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the UCI Libraries and the campus. 
  • Record of professional achievements sufficient to meet the criteria for appointment at the Associate Librarian or Librarian rank and ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement in the Librarian series.


  • Successful managerial and supervisory experience, especially of librarians and library assistants.
  • Successful experience in coalition-building and forging strong relationships with faculty and/or administrators to foster partnerships and engagement. 

The Education and Outreach Department

The Education and Outreach Department, which currently includes five librarians and one library assistant, provides leadership for the Libraries’ outreach and instruction activities and programs which emphasize information literacy, research skills, scholarly communication, and critical thinking. The Department plays a lead role in the coordination, integration, and assessment of all library instruction and outreach activities, including subject-based, graduate, and professional school instruction. The Department operates in a collaborative, team-based environment and works closely with members of the Libraries’ Reference and Collection Development Departments who also participate in instruction.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries values innovation and collaboration.  We are committed to the University’s goal of diversity and inclusive excellence.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,300 public seats for study and research and provide nearly 600 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 145 FTE plus approximately 25 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes, nearly 140,000 journals and 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), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

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 has more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 1,100 faculty, and 14,000 staff.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.  UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment.  Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Appointment is anticipated to be at the Associate Librarian or Librarian rank with a salary of $53,116 - $103,551 plus an annual administrative stipend.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by May 2, 2016 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested:  cover letter; complete résumé; a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references (names and contact information only) via UCI AP Recruit at:  https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF03349.

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries web site at http://www.lib.uci.edu/job-openings-uc-irvine-libraries with links to additional web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.