Head of Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement


POSITION:        Head of Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement
:      February 1, 2018
The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking a collaborative, proactive, and service-oriented leader for the position of Head of Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement. This position will provide strategic direction for HSL’s integration in clinical care and clinical research; curricular design (including interprofessional education) and assessment; and research activities across schools and programs. Key responsibilities of this position include seeking out opportunities for liaison librarians to optimally develop and apply their expertise in partnerships with faculty, researchers, clinicians, staff and students.

Department Mission

The Librarian works in client settings and in the library, and is part of a team of librarians, support staff, and library partners working to achieve the library’s mission to manage information and knowledge to advance health and health care. The Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement (CARE) at the Health Sciences Library works with other library departments to meet the needs of the five health professional schools and UNC Medical Center hospitals. This department includes liaison librarians for clinical departments in the UNC Medical Center; liaison librarians for the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and the Department of Allied Health Sciences (SOM); the Bioinformatics and Research Data Librarian; and graduate student research assistants.

This unit provides course- and curriculum-integrated instruction; curriculum-planning support; educational programs and workshops; and expert searching. CARE collaborates with clients in a wide range of information-seeking, data and knowledge management, scholarly communications, and research activities.


  • Partners with library staff and faculty to implement curricular revisions, support health care quality improvement initiatives, and aid in clinical, translational, and basic science research.
  • Builds an exceptional staff through evaluating performance, training, and professional development.
  • Assures that liaisons develop, maintain and promote current knowledge management skills related, but not limited to, impact measurement, systematic review processes, evidence based practice, data management, agency public access compliance, and scholarly communication.
  • Maintains and shares a broad knowledge of information resources and tools used across health affairs disciplines.
  • Conducts expert searches and provides essential services to clientele during gaps in liaison staffing.
  • Initiates and leads assessment and evaluation of programs and services that enhance unit work and client services. Collects data to help communicate client needs and demonstrate value.
  • Participates in collection development. Promotes communication and collaboration between unit members and the Health Sciences Librarian for Collections and Instruction.

Professional Development 

Pursues professional development, professional service activities, and publication as guided by the standards of the library’s Committee on Appointments and Promotions. Participates in self-directed learning and education programs to build subject knowledge and stay current with emerging trends. Conducts research or quality improvement projects to understand better the nature and impact of high quality information services.

Cross-Functional Communication and Accomplishment of Library Goals

Supports cross-functional communication and accomplishment of library goals by participating in department and library-wide meetings, educational offerings, and other library groups as assigned.

Maintains relationships and represents the Library in University-wide activities and in other venues, such as consortial and professional association meetings, and participates in other Library activities in support of the University Library’s mission and to serve the university community as needed.

Organizational Relationship

This position reports to the Assistant Director for Clinical, Academic, and Research Engagement at the Health Sciences Library. Supervises and mentors up to 11.0 FTE librarians. Works with members of the CARE team and other HSL departments to support students and faculty seamlessly to respond to needs that arise from their academic work and clinical practice.


REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science.
  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience showing progressive growth in responsibilities in areas including supervision and mentoring staff, and integration of evidence-based principles and instruction.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring staff.
  • Experience teaching adults using emerging technologies and evidence based instructional methods.
  • Experience developing and delivering innovative library liaison outreach in at least one subject area.
  • Evidence of conducting expert level literature searching in health subject areas using strong evidence-based practice.
  • Evidence of project, priority, and time management skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued professional development.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Three or more years of experience providing library liaison outreach to a defined constituent group.
  • Documented participation in research teams as a peer, for example, co-authoring or co-presenting research findings; conducting systematic reviews; developing practice guidelines or consensus statements; synthesizing evidence; partnering on grant proposals; or cultivating partnerships for library integration within the research, education, or clinical enterprise.
  • Knowledge of professional education competency requirements and scholarly communication practices in health disciplines; or familiarity or experience with curricular redesign to create interprofessional education and practice opportunities for students.
  • Some experience with service or program assessment and evaluation methods.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The University Library collections include over 7.5 million volumes, and is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The Health Sciences Library’s mission is to connect people everywhere with knowledge to help them teach and learn effectively, assure quality health care, conduct vital research, and make informed decisions. To learn more about the Health Sciences Library, please visit: hsl.lib.unc.edu/

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2018.   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/132331 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.