Diversity Fellow, University of California Riverside

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UCR Library Diversity Fellow

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) seeks a dynamic, user-oriented, early-career librarian to participate in a two-year diversity fellowship program. This program will provide the incumbent with a supportive environment to gain the requisite knowledge, skills, and competencies to thrive in an academic setting, and aims to increase the hiring pipeline of diverse and talented colleagues. Librarians who are interested in pursuing academic librarianship and have demonstrated an interest in, and commitment to, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the library community are particularly encouraged to apply. The incumbent will have access to experienced library leaders and a cohort/network for sharing ideas, resources, best practices, and other opportunities to help gain the professional skills and competencies necessary for success.

Reporting to the Deputy University Librarian, the Library Diversity Fellow will initially participate in a month-long orientation to the library and each department and unit. This will be followed by two 10-month-long embedded rotations in two respective departments. For each rotation the Fellow will learn the functions of the selected department and contribute to departmental services, as well as work on a project or projects focused on some aspect of departmental need. To ensure the best match of skills and interests, selection of specific departments and associated projects will occur as a collaborative process between the Fellow and Fellowship supervisor during the initial month-long on-boarding. The final three months will be spent on professional development, including CV review, interviewing techniques, relevant training opportunities, and completion of the capstone project. The Fellow will be required to demonstrate their investigation of the impact on diversity, equity and inclusion either through the capstone project, or through at least one project selected at the department level.

Capstone Project:
The Fellowship program includes a capstone project. The goal of the capstone is to hone the Fellow’s skills and experience in planning, organizing and executing a major project that will contribute significantly to the UCR Library, and to the profession. The capstone project may feature considerably in the Fellow’s marketability and success.

Over the course of the first year and as the Fellow’s becomes more knowledgeable and engaged within the Library, the Fellow should be considering and discussing possible capstone topics. During the latter months of year one, the Fellow, in consultation with the Fellows Program supervisor and other library stakeholders, will submit written proposals for one or two possible capstone projects to the supervisor. The supervisor and relevant department heads will review the submissions and select the proposal with the greatest potential to further advance the Library. The final product, including the Fellow’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations, will be shared with library staff via an oral presentation.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Library and Information Studies from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent; degree must be completed between May 2017 and June 2019.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral, written, and interpersonal communications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to outstanding user-centered public service and teamwork.
  • Ability to analyze and adapt to evolving technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, professionally and independently within a complex organization and with all levels of students, faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects. Proven ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment within a diverse, and complex organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the library community
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, administrators, students, faculty, donors, and alumni.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Understanding of, or experience with project leadership and/or management
  • Working knowledge of library management systems.
  • UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

    UCR librarians are members of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). Research, publication, and/or service to the University and profession are expected for continuing advancement.

    Salary and Benefits:
    Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience within a range of: $53,411 – $66,101

    Appointment at rank of Assistant Librarian. This is a two-year temporary position. Excellent health, benefits, including vacation

    Application: Submit resume, statement of contributions to diversity, and names and contact information of at least three references, and a letter of interest addressing qualifications and experience related to the primary duties of the position through APRecruit (https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01094). The search will remain open until the position is filled; for best consideration application should be received by Friday, July 5, 2019.

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    To apply, visit https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/JPF01094

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