Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
30+ days ago
Job Function


Position Summary

The Head of Assessment will have a leadership role in planning, implementing, and sustaining a comprehensive assessment program for Emory Libraries building on existing assessment infrastructure. This position will work collaboratively with leaders and staff across the organization to identify the Libraries' assessment data needs, to create a data-informed assessment strategy, and to support library-wide assessment efforts. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian of the Research, Engagement, and Scholarly Communications Division (RESC) and will manage two team members. The Assessment team includes the Assessment Coordinator supporting library, university, and accreditation reporting and a Collections Analyst supporting data analysis of library collections. The successful candidate will:
  • Lead the team and the organization to collect and utilize qualitative and quantitative library data to determine next steps in assessment priorities that will support library and university goals, demonstrate impact on library users, and strengthen organizational performance (e.g the Assessment team will have a role in assessing progress on the Emory Libraries strategic goals.
  • Identify data needs and analyze systems and services for continuous improvement.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

Assessment Team Responsibilities

1. Leads a team and collaborate with colleagues to plan, develop, implement, promote, and assess library services and resources.

2. Spearheads the library survey of the Emory community, executed every three years, and work with leadership to communicate and act upon findings.

3. Collaborates with the Assessment Coordinator to collect data for annual reporting and operational statistics, as well as ensure proper reporting on statistics on library collections, expenditures, facilities, and services to external organizations (e.g., ARL, ACRL, IPEDS, ASERL) and for university data submissions. Analyzes activities and statistics and tracks institutional trends to facilitate comparison to national trends.

4. Leads, coordinates, and guides the activities of the Assessment Integration Group, which has representation from across the Libraries.

5. Communicates findings, datasets, and reports for internal and external audiences through presentations, dashboards, etc., as well as collaborates with the Libraries' Campus and Community Relations (CCR) division to incorporate appropriate assessment data into library publications and other communication channels.

6. Analyzes assessment data and presents information to senior library administration to help with decision-making.

7. Helps assess Emory Libraries' engagement with the campus-wide strategic framework, One Emory: Ambition and Heart and the Provost's major initiatives, such as Student Flourishing and AI.Humanity.

8. Plans and implements training and professional development opportunities for librarians and staff on methods of assessment, including creating and maintaining assessment tools, aids, guides, webpages, and tutorials as needed. Increases institutional knowledge of best practices for assessment, including ethical considerations related to assessment.

a. Visualize Library data on a Fact and Figures dashboard.

9. Manage and define the data elements, locations and people who report them, for Emory Libraries by by leading Emory's LibPAS initiative, a secure data warehouse for library assessment data.

10. Actively advance diversity, anti-racism, equity, and inclusion by engaging with the Emory community to ensure that a full range of voices and perspectives are sought, considered, protected, and respected in the assessment process.

11. Perform other duties related to assessment as needed to accomplish the goals of the department, division, and library.

12. Work closely with other library staff in areas of assigned responsibility and participate in library- wide and university-wide initiatives as appropriate.

Managerial Responsibilities

1. Serves as the department head for the Assessment team with programmatic responsibility for functional areas and direct supervision of two FTE paraprofessional staff members.

2. Serves as a member of the leadership team within the Research, Engagement, and ScholarlyCommunications Division.

3. Works with direct reports to coordinate recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, supervision, andevaluation employees. Coaches, mentors, and counsels both direct reports to develop staff in a positiveand proactive manner ensuring individuals have opportunities to develop broad knowledge of libraryoperations and services as well specialized skills. Works with Libraries' HR staff to develop specifictraining for staff based on need and participates in succession planning and management initiatives asappropriate.

4. Develops and maintains current job descriptions for staff within department. Reviews requests for new positions and reclassifications and submits to University Librarian for consideration. Works with HR staff to facilitate reclassifications.

5. Conducts annual performance evaluations for direct reports and oversees this annual process withinthe department/unit ensuring that annual evaluations are conducted in a timely manner and submittedon time in accordance with campus and library policy.

6. Establishes and maintains communication with department/unit staff to facilitate the work of the libraries and ensure library staff is informed of library activities and initiatives.

Professional Responsibilities

7. Participates in professional and scholarly associations and organizations including maintainingmembership and/or accreditation; attending meetings, conferences, and workshops; and serving inappointed or elected positions.

8. Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.

9. Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-EquivalentLibrarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank

10. Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.


Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library and information science or equivalent education and libraryexperience. (e.g., statistics, data science, analytics, education)
  • Minimum of three years of experience
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating an assessment program.
  • Demonstrated awareness of library assessment issues and trends and a strong understanding of the key issues and trends in library services and spaces.
  • Experience presenting information to help with decision making.
  • Ability to prioritize effectively to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and meet project deadlines.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services. Demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, orienting, training, and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, coaching and counseling, and taking disciplinary action as necessary. Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a supervisor in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, public speaking, teaching, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to workeffectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, national, orinternational professional or scholarly associations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Practical knowledge of reporting requirements for IPEDS, ARL, ACRL and/or other external organization.
  • Knowledge of tools and processes for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data (e.g., RefAnalytics, R, Excel) and experience building custom dashboards (Tableau, etc.)
  • Advanced degree in subject discipline.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience using LibPAS

Application Instructions

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should review the applications requirements and apply online at {Link to Interfolio posting},

Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include:

1) Current resume detailing education and relevant experience.

2) Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience; and

3) Emory Libraries recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values integral to achieving our mission to enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We commit to equitable access to information, diversity of collections and perspectives, fairness, transparency, confidentiality, and recognizing and respecting the diversity of our ever-changing communities.Please share your professional and leadership philosophy, including how you would foster diversity, equity, and inclusion at Emory University Libraries through the lens of assessment. Please limit your response to no more than 3 paragraphs.

4) On a separate document list the names, relationships, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor.

Review of applications will begin the week of May 27, 2024. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in use of facilities without such discrimination. The University also complies with all applicable federal and Georgia statutes and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination. All members of the student body, faculty, and staff are expected to assist in making this policy valid in fact. Any inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Office of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg., Suite 305, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone 404/727-9867 (V) 404/712-2049 (TDD).

Job ID: 73249912
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