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Associate University Librarian for Research & Learning - UC Davis

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Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning

Job Summary

Priority Filing Date: December 19, 2022

Salary Range: $94,300 - $208,700

Salary Frequency: Monthly

Appointment Type: Career

Percentage of Time: 100%

Shift Hour: Monday – Friday

Location: UC Davis Campus (Hybrid)

City: Davis

Union Representation: No

Benefits Eligible: Yes

We offer exceptional employment benefits including medical, dental, and vision plans, generous paid vacations and holidays, excellent retirement savings and investment plans, continuing education, and reduced fee and scholarship programs.



The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Learning is the leader most immediately responsible for information services to enhance research within and across disciplines and promote student learning and academic success in and beyond the classroom. The AUL directly supervises the Research and Learning directorate’s four department heads and one program lead responsible in toto for library-related undergraduate and professional student learning and academic success; services for undergraduate students and faculty and staff involved in teaching and learning; researcher services for faculty, researchers, and graduate and professional school students; the scholarly communications program; the medical library; and archives and special collections.

The AUL leads user-focused information services in support of the university’s mission and its evolving academic and research programs and has a vision for the ongoing development of library personnel as educators and research partners. The AUL provides strong and inspirational leadership, strategic and entrepreneurial vision, expert policy and program development, and relevant deep expertise as the library focuses on achieving these responsibilities in the 21st century. Information services is defined broadly and embraces education, student academic success, and information literacy and skill in information analysis and management; scholarly communication; and activities that help users examine research problems and identify, interpret, and manage relevant information resources.

The AUL is a member of Executive Council, the library’s senior leadership group, along with the University Librarian, the Deputy University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, the Director of Finance, the Executive Director of the DataLab, and the Director of Online Strategy. Reporting to the Deputy University Librarian, the AUL works closely with the University Librarian and the rest of the library’s senior leadership team, advances critical strategic initiatives, contributes to the library’s fundraising program, and, most important, plays a leadership role in articulating and executing an innovative and forward-looking vision of library support of learning and research. The AUL is expected to be an excellent communicator, influential mentor, and champion of the library as a learning organization, strong advocate of DEI, and forceful advocate for the library and its programs. The library emphasizes cross-unit work in a highly structured campus environment with multiple bargaining labor units. As a senior leader in the library, the AUL builds and sustains successful collaborations with creative approaches to mentoring and empowering employees in a variety of academic and non-academic personnel classifications, fostering and leading cross-unit teams, and solving organizational problems and issues, while emphasizing user-centered service. The AUL collaborates closely with library colleagues, faculty, and researchers across UC Davis and the entire University of California (UC) system.

Required Qualifications

• Masters in library science or aligned field or PhD or equivalent advanced degree.

• Experience with undergraduate-oriented and graduate and professional student education programs and with faculty and graduate student research support services.

• Leadership experience, evidence of flexibility and initiative in a collaborative and rapidly changing environment, and effective personnel and matrix management skills, including goal setting, mentoring and professional development, change management, and performance evaluation.

• Demonstrated deep understanding of the role of the library in supporting undergraduate education and academic success, and developing, providing, and evaluating services and programs for researchers, faculty, and students concerning the identification, use, interpretation, and management of information and data in higher education and research.

• Robust knowledge of issues and trends in library support of research and scholarship, faculty and graduate student support, and undergraduate learning and student academic success. Demonstrated capability to develop new models to support student learning and academic success and researchers, faculty, and graduate and professional students.

• Deep expertise in multiple areas of the position’s primary responsibilities: teaching and learning in higher education, undergraduate academic success, health sciences librarianship, scholarly communication, special collections and archives, and developing, providing, and evaluating integrated services and programs for researchers, faculty, clinicians, and students concerning identification, use, interpretation, and management of information and data.

• Demonstrated excellent skills in communicating with colleagues, constituencies, and communities, including active and empathic listening; group facilitation, gathering feedback, and developing and articulating consensus; advocacy for programs and colleagues; and articulate and persuasive public speaking and presentation abilities; facility with a variety of communication modes and media for different audiences; and good editing skills and attention to detail, clarity, and concision.

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial environment utilizing a variety of skills, such as managing change, setting goals, managing time, and promoting teamwork in a hybrid work environment; foster and advance diversity, inclusion, and the UC Davis Principles of Community; and serve as a role model for others.

• Strong and demonstrated record of effective priority setting, policy coordination, and program and process development; use of analytical, problem solving, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; experience with assessment of relevant services and programs; and effective budget management and analysis skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Increasingly responsible administrative roles in an academic or research library or similar relevant setting.

• Experience with initiating grant opportunities and working on grant-funded projects.

• Experience and success with fundraising.

• Record of research, publication, formal presentation, and participation in relevant professional or scholarly organizations demonstrating knowledge, leadership, and vision.

• Familiarity with library services to and in support of human and animal healthcare practice, research, and education.

• Demonstrated project management skills.

Special Requirements

This position may be subject to a criminal background investigation, drug screen, Live Scan fingerprinting, medical evaluation clearance, and functional capacity assessment.

The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy ( covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

Application instructions:

Application Information

Applications must be submitted via our careers website at Please include a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the position, a Curriculum Vitae, and names and

contact information for at least four references. Your letter should discuss your commitment to DEI, as it is a major component of this position as well as a library priority.

Candidates applying by December 19, 2022, will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.


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