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The Head of Metadata Services oversees policies, procedures, and processes related to MARC and non-MARC metadata description across the University Libraries. This position directly supervises 6 FTE, 3 professional and 3 support staff. Reports to the Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Access Services.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Managerial Leadership: Lead the work of unit staff and facilitate organizational contributions of the unit with visible leadership that promotes a culture of performance:� initiate and lead the planning, implementation, and assessment of unit services and activities in alignment with Library strategic directions.
Performance Management: Hire, train, direct, and mentor unit staff to carry out duties at the expected high level of performance, and regularly assess staffing performance effectiveness with clearly articulated performance expectations and regular, timely feedback in alignment with organizational processes and standards.
Workplace Management: Develop, implement, and assess short- and long-term strategies for conducting unit services and key project activities; manage and regularly evaluate assignment of work and responsibilities for effective accomplishment of unit objectives; and manage an inclusive and equitable work environment for operations.
Managerial Communication: Consistently demonstrate accurate, timely, informed, bi-lateral communications relevant to unit, organizational, and institutional issues, and manage unit awareness of organizational communications, including unit requirements and goals resulting from organizational strategy.
Develops, recommends, administers, and assesses policies, procedures and processes in support of cataloging and metadata services, in collaboration with managers across the organization, and related to descriptive metadata creation; implements and monitors compliance with approved policies, procedures and processes.
Oversees the department’s budget, spending, and reporting; uses data to inform appropriate budgeting in support of in-house and outsourced cataloging; initiates periodic workflow and outsourcing contract evaluations; leads organizational committees, task forces, etc. that relate to collections and as appropriate.
Works with key stakeholders to develop, coordinate, and implement bibliographic control policy and practices across the ILS, discovery, and digital repository systems.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in library and information science.
5+ years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated ability to foster a strong customer service orientation.
Demonstrated experience providing effective leadership and supervision in academic library.
Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to accomplish goals.
Proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion.
Proven ability to foster effective and cooperative working relationships.
CRITICAL SKILLS AND EXPERTISE:
Strong interpersonal skills with 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.
Ability to manage professional library staff.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to thrive and lead during organizational change.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment.
Excellent organization skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments/projects.
Providing expertise in cataloging and metadata policies, procedures, and best practices.
Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging issues, trends, workflows, and best practices in cataloguing and metadata.
Demonstrated descriptive metadata expertise including MARC/RDA and one or more non-MARC metadata formats.
Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
Developing and implementing innovative, effective cataloging & metadata methodologies and workflows.
Demonstrated successful experience with change management.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is for the University Libraries. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
Applicant Special Instructions:
WORKING CONDITIONS / EQUIPMENT:
May be exposed to dust and mold; must be able to travel to on and off campus locations; evening and weekend events required and must be able to lift 40 lbs.; Ability to work on call in the event of an emergency.
The hiring range for this position is $66,685 - $86,989 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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