Dir, Sci & Eng Libraries & Research Initiatives

Rochester, NY


The River Campus Libraries (RCL) of University of Rochester (UR) seeks a creative, collaborative and forward-looking leader to direct the dynamic portfolio of Science and Engineering Libraries and Research Initiatives. Reporting to the Assistant Dean level, the incumbent is a member of the Leadership Team and has an organization-wide scope.

The Director leads a team of highly-skilled staff responsible for science and engineering libraries and RCL initiatives that underpin UR’s research enterprise . The incumbent will ensure that RCL’s science and engineering programs, projects, and spaces are grounded in rich insights of faculty, researcher, and student academic needs, while also supporting transdisciplinary learning and research. In close collaboration with RCL and UR colleagues, the Director designs and implements research data management and sharing, curriculum support, and research intelligence operations that deepen support for student research and learning and enhance institutional research productivity and impact.

The incumbent will be responsible for shepherding a new slate of data services, bolstered by two inaugural professional positions (Data Curator and Reproducibility Librarian), and bringing together a full team of STEM-based liaison librarians, a data team of three, and a data analyst as a key resource for the library’s collaboration with UR’s new Office for Data Insights.


Science and Engineering Scholarship and Learning Initiatives

  • Work with the Learning Initiatives Department and other RCL teams to establish and continuously improve RCL’s learning support service model, based on contemporary pedagogical practices, grounded in student and faculty academic needs, and aligned with RCL’s strategies

  • Lead staff in delivering this learning support program, customized for the science and engineering disciplines

  • Coach and assist the department’s team and users to navigate changes in the information and education landscape

  • Develop staff competence in data literacy, AI, research data management and sharing, and open scholarship (OA, OER, Open Pedagogy, Open Source, Open Data, etc.)

  • Nurture the development of innovative programs utilizing digital and physical spaces to support science and engineering and transdisciplinary initiatives

  • Foster the incorporation of emerging technology into programs and initiatives

Supporting the Research Enterprise

  • Create workflows to measure and understand the impact of the UR’s research enterprise and develop strategies to advance the reputation of the institution

  • Lead the development of bibliometric and research intelligence services for UR

  • Collaborate with RCL’sScholarly Communication unit and colleagues to create robust scholarly communication services focused on scholarly profile management, broader impacts, and open research practices

  • Grow relationships with research support and research evaluation units like the Office of Global Engagement, Institutional Research, Office of Research and Project Administration, and the Vice President of Research Office

  • Remain current on trends and issues related to research impact, rankings, scholarly communications, research policy, and research infrastructure

I nnovating Research Data Support

  • Lead collaborations with RCL departments and other UR libraries to prototype and develop projects that transform how the library collects, showcases, and shares research materials and university research outputs

  • Identify opportunities to grow and improve the library’s and the university’s research infrastructure

  • Lead the development of new services, supports, and collaborative offerings as part of larger campus research initiatives and research intelligence operations

  • Work closely with library partners to shape and direct the work of library professionals across the disciplines in support of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research

Leadership & Management

  • Develop high-impact departmental goals that directly support RCL’s strategic aims and encourage robust cross-unit/library and cross-functional work

  • Provide coaching, mentorship, and performance management for staff, including formal performance reviews

  • Ensure staff have access to ongoing and relevant leadership and skill development opportunities

  • Nurture and grow the department’s agile, high-trust, and strategically-focused culture

  • Ensure that team member workloads are balanced in relation to input from other directors with system-wide responsibilities, including collections and learning initiatives.

Miscellaneous Duties

  • Participate in RCL-wide initiatives that advance the library’s mission toward customer service, research, learning, and collections

  • Maintain professional collaborations with River Campus Libraries colleagues and other campus constituencies

  • Contribute to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc.

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Post-graduate degree in library and information science from an A.L.A.-accredited (or equivalent) institution required

  • 2+ years management experience, including leading projects and teams preferred

  • 5+ years job-related experience in an academic or research library preferred

  • Experience developing and cultivating relationships and partnerships required

  • Experience collaborating across disciplines/fields required

  • Experience delivering high-impact initiatives and programs required

  • Facilitation, training, or teaching experience required

  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas: science and engineering library programs, data visualization, research impact metrics, computer programming, open science, research data management, learning spaces, or scholarly communicationrequired

  • Working knowledge of digital tools and methodologies that enhance the researcher/learner experience required

  • Cultural competency, recognizing users as unique individuals with personalized experiences required

  • Ability to remain current in best practices related to student success in higher education required

  • Communication and relationship-building skills, including the ability to negotiate and speak thoughtfully to specific needs/concerns required

  • Demonstrated commitment to teamwork/collaboration and ability to work effectively with a diverse campus community required

  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skillsrequired

  • Experience developing andmanaging projects across the entire project lifecycle required

  • Emotional intelligence required

  • Experience working in a science and/or engineering library or the delivery of programs to faculty and students in these disciplines preferred

  • Experience in overseeing learning spaces preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to discover, and quickly become competent using, new technologies, software, and devices; willingness to explore the use of innovative technologies with a high tolerance for risk, ambiguity, and failure required

  • Ability to form strong, collaborative connections required

  • Self-starter who is flexible, creative, and open to new challenges required

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion required

  • Ability to see and leverage the connections between research, collections, and teaching/learning preferred

  • Ability to look past one's own assigned discipline to find connections across disciplines preferred

  • Committed to life-long learning - for themselves and for their users preferred

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 60,000 - $125,000 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Location: Central Administration
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Research Initiatives