Job Announcement: Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library Diversity Residency

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual for our Diversity Residency Program.

Resident will be solicited from recent MLS graduates with a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and with less than 2 years of professional library experience. Hunter Library is committed to “increasing the hiring pipeline of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.” We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups.

This will be one facet of a multi-year strategy for intentional cultural change in the library and part of a comprehensive effort to support diversity, equity and inclusion at Western Carolina University.

This is a 12-months per year fixed-term position. Initial appointment period is anticipated to be a two-year period. Any appointment beyond the initial term will be at the discretion of WCU campus leadership in accordance with existing Academic Affairs guidelines/policies.

The wide range of work experience gained through this position will enable the resident to build essential skills and plan career path options after the residency. The resident will enrich Hunter Library by bringing in new ideas and perspectives, contributing to projects and strategic initiatives, and support our commitment to building a diverse workforce and fostering diversity in the profession. The resident will complete one year primarily focused on reference and instruction and diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. By the end of the first, largely introductory year, the resident should be prepared to begin more extensive exposure to one of the Library departments, while continuing work with DEI. The next assignments to a department will be made in consultation with the Associate Dean and Library Leadership.

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community-engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Ability to learn inquiry-based teaching methods

Ability to support research and information needs of various colleges and departments

Demonstrated ability to advance the University goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion

Familiarity with undergraduate research methods

Strong interpersonal skills, multicultural perspectives, and service orientation

Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to benefits of diversity and inclusion throughout an organization

Skilled at written and verbal communication, including formal presentation to groups

Minimum Qualifications:

– ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent received. Proof of degree completion is needed by hire date.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Demonstrated experience working with diverse racial and ethnic populations

-Demonstrated experience with developing and executing programs for undergraduate students. Familiarity with instructional design principles and assessment of learning.

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Time-Limited Full-Time

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Salary will be $50,000 per year. Western Carolina University offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including health care and other benefits that can be discussed during the selection process.

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