Associate Dean for Research
University of Florida
United States

Description

JOB SUMMARY

The George A. Smathers Libraries seek an innovative and collaborative candidate to apply for its Associate Dean for Research and Health Sciences (Associate Dean) position. This tenure-track position provides vision and leadership for research services across the larger UF community, as well as strategic support of the multi-faceted mission of UF’s Health Science Center.

The Smathers Libraries are key partners in advancing the research enterprise, leading and supporting initiatives to grow infrastructure and services that enhance UF’s diverse research portfolio, which includes over $900 million annually in funded research. In strategic collaboration with campus partners, the Smathers Libraries contribute to identifying and advancing research support systems, tools, and services that meet campus needs and priorities through deep engagement in education, research, equity, and outreach, including a new emphasis on supporting artificial intelligence. The Associate Dean partners with UF’s research community, representing the Smathers Libraries capabilities, priorities, and values. The Associate Dean communicates the needs of the research community in order to align Smathers Libraries programs and initiatives. One central way the Smathers Libraries directly support research is through the cross-disciplinary Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS) team, which provides data management, reproducibility, open science, bioinformatics, informatics, and more research services through expert consultations and direct collaborations with researchers.

The Health Science Center Libraries are central to the Health Science Center (HSC) campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, and units elsewhere in Florida, combining deep integration with curriculum, innovative services for researchers, and support for the clinical practice with a dedication to the improving the health of our Florida communities. The HSC Libraries focus on providing inclusive, welcoming physical and online spaces for all. A collaborative team structure brings faculty, staff, and student employees together to promote wellness; diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice; innovative digital health projects; and other initiatives within the HSC and our broader communities. The Associate Dean builds partnerships with the statewide UF Health system, the six Health Science Center colleges, other UF colleges, the Clinical & Translational Science Institute, Research Computing, Informatics Institute, and other campus entities to advance the education, research, clinical, and community engagement missions of the University of Florida.

The Associate Dean works collaboratively with the Dean of the Smathers Libraries and its senior management team to collectively provide strategic leadership and management. Our goal is to identify a collegial and experienced leader whose enthusiasm for research and health sciences libraries will position them to develop key relationships; advocate for the role of the Smathers Libraries in supporting health sciences and campus-wide research; and build and grow highly effective, inclusive, and culturally rich innovative teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide visionary leadership and strategic management to support the education, research, clinical, and community engagement missions of the University of Florida Health Science Center; and lead library strategy in fostering innovative collaborative priorities to support research and provide cross-disciplinary research services in partnership with the ARCS senior director and team members and other relevant campus entities, including Research Computing and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute.
  • Participate in the administration of the Smathers Libraries to support discovery, engagement, and the use of knowledge for the entire University community, including the collaborative allocation of a combined $12.3 million materials budget.
  • Actively contribute to the senior management team of the Smathers Libraries for operational and long-term strategic direction and effectiveness.
  • Identify gaps in library research support services and establish strategies to fill or overcome gaps through ongoing assessment, active participation in the research enterprise, and developing appropriate organizational structures and functions.
  • Define and deliver health sciences library services that are responsive to current and future needs of students, faculty and other library users; and manage library facilities in Gainesville and Jacksonville.
  • Actively seek opportunities and implement plans for community engagement with the broader Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Florida communities and health care consumers.
  • Supervise the Senior Director of ARCS, the Chair of the HSC Library (Gainesville), the Borland Library Program Director, and indirectly supervise other faculty and staff on the Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses.
  • Guide the tenure and promotion process for HSCL faculty, including mentoring and career development.
  • Seek out and work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, and perspectives, to support campus-wide initiatives and the Libraries’ Strategic Directions, including a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility and awareness.
  • Empower staff and faculty to be creative problem-solvers and innovators, make decisions, and participate in the governance and management of the libraries through deep involvement in teams, committees, and work groups.
  • Direct content management for the HSCL and acquisition of library materials to meet the needs of the students, faculty, staff and clinicians of the HSC.
  • Stay abreast of trends, technologies, and policies impacting the research enterprise and researchers nationally, internationally, and locally.
  • Represent the HSCL in the state, region and nation, including participation in state-wide committees of academic library consortia and health and medical science library consortia, in addition to service on or leadership of a variety of campus-wide and library-wide committees and task forces.
  • Engage in research and contribute through service at the institutional and professional levels suitable to the assignment and rank.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Masters’ degree in library science from an ALA accredited graduate program in library or information science, or other relevant advanced degree.
  • At least five years of effective, relevant administrative responsibility in a research library or other information organization, including management of financial resources and development of budget proposals.
  • Experience with health sciences libraries, the needs of health sciences colleges and professional programs, and with health sciences research.
  • Demonstrated experience providing research services or support through libraries.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and needs of researchers and the research enterprise.
  • Proven leadership within a relevant organization and in related collaborative activities in support of that organization.
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, as well as the ability to adapt to and work creatively in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Awareness of the challenges of and opportunities for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access as they relate to health sciences librarianship and research support services.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Interest in and ability to contribute to the profession via research and service.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
  • For appointment at Associate University Librarian or University Librarian ranks, strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion as outlined in the HSCL By-Laws.

Preferred:

  • At least five years of effective, relevant administrative responsibility in an academic health sciences library or other health science information organization.
  • Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Senior or Distinguished level.
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in a life or health sciences field.
  • Experience in securing donor and grant funding.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit

  • a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position
  • a written statement regarding “The role of libraries in advancing inclusion, diversity, equity and access as they relate to health science and research and this position’s contribution to achieving this” (no more than one page)
  • your current resume or CV
  • three to five references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)

This position is open until filled. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Tina Marie Litchfield, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.


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