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Director of Research Services

Position overview

Position title: Director of Research Services
Salary range: $77,150 - $127,991
Anticipated start: 5/1/2023

Application Window

Open date: January 10, 2023

Most recent review date: Monday, Mar 13, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Apr 13, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Library seeks a collaborative and user-focused Director of Research Services. The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership to a department dedicated to delivering outstanding research skills education, and providing the UCR community with opportunities to learn and use emerging technologies.

Located an hour’s drive to the east of Los Angeles, an hour west of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, an hour east of ocean beaches, ninety minutes north of San Diego, and an hour south of mountain ski resorts, UCR is located in an area of dramatic landscapes and rich cultural traditions. The University is a dynamic, aggressively developing land grant research institution dedicated to preparing its diverse student body to be successful competitors in the world marketplace of ideas.

The UCR Library is a critical partner in preparing UCR’s students to be globally competitive while simultaneously preparing them for careers in the Inland Empire and beyond. The mission of the UCR Library is no less than to bring the world’s information resources to the UCR community and to ensure that UCR students, faculty, and staff have the skills to fully exploit those resources to change the world for the better.

The UCR Library is a team of intensely collaborative, forward-thinking colleagues dedicated to providing excellent services to our students, faculty, and community members in a rapidly evolving information environment. The successful candidate will be technologically sophisticated; committed to problem-solving in local, regional, national, and international arenas; able to develop innovative solutions to complex problems; and a dynamic and effective leader.

The UCR Library is comprised of two facilities housing more than 3,800,000 volumes, 940,000 electronic books, 97,000 print and electronic journals, and 2,300,000 microforms. The Library provides services to more than 26,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and other academics in an institutional environment planning for and experiencing extensive growth. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic staff of 145, including 41 FTE librarians, 72 FTE staff personnel, and approximately 32 FTE students, in building a research library of excellence within a dynamic and diverse university ranked among the top 50 in the nation. The UCR Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Among the unique collections of the UCR Library is the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Water Resources Collections & Archives, the Rupert Costo Library of the American Indian, the Paul Chou Collection of Chinese history and culture, the George Brown Papers, the Tomás Rivera Papers, and the Inland Empire Memories Initiative. Information about the UCR Library is available at

The UCR Library is an integral part of the University of California library system. With collections totaling 30 million volumes, UC’s more than 100 libraries are surpassed in size on the American continent only by the Library of Congress collection. In addition, UC’s California Digital Library (CDL) provides the core of the University's digital collections. CDL also assists UC to share resources and holdings more effectively, and provides leadership in applying technology to the development of library collections and services. Organizationally situated within the UC Office of the President, the CDL operates in close collaboration with all UC campuses and their libraries.

The Director of Research Services provides strategic vision and dynamic leadership in planning and managing the University Library’s Research Services Department. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Technology (currently vacant and reporting to the AUL for Content and Discovery pending position fulfillment), this position is responsible for refining and developing departmental scope, goals and policies, as well as providing employee supervision, goal development and assessment metrics. As a member of the library leadership team, the Director of Research Services works collaboratively in a vibrant and developing organizational environment. In addition to the Director, Research Services currently comprises four librarians and three staff members working in the areas of digital scholarship, data science, geographic information systems, innovative media, and maker services.

Key Responsibilities Include:

● Provides effective Research Services department management through the development and implementation of research education programs and services. Ensures accountability-driven performance expectations. Manages employee hiring, supervision, training, and professional development.

● Oversees the implementation and assessment of the department's services and programs in order to fulfill departmental goals and objectives.

● Provides programmatic leadership supporting the Creat’R Lab, Digital Scholarship, Data and GIS initiatives and other emerging research support programs and initiatives.

● Participates in general administrative duties, library-wide activities, committees, special projects and library programs.

● Builds collaborative relationships with stakeholders across the UC library system. Represents the UCR Library on various University of California standing committees, system wide initiatives, working and interest groups. Also participates in local, regional, and national profession forums relating to research librarianship as appropriate.

● Provides ongoing professional development opportunities, mentoring, training, coaching, and professional guidance to ensure that Research Services staff are knowledgeable and current on contemporary research tools and methods and emerging technologies.

● Works collaboratively with the Director of Teaching and Learning, the Director of Distinctive Collections, and other members of library leadership to set priorities and develop resources to enhance library teaching and outreach services.

● Assists in Library fundraising, grant-writing, and development efforts.

● Maintains professional awareness of new developments and programs in academic research and research librarianship.

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.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

● ALA accredited (MLIS, MLS etc.) or equivalent advanced degree.
● A minimum of three years post-MLIS (or equivalent advanced degree), professional experience in providing library related instruction, outreach, and/or research services.
● Demonstrated record of successful management and administration of a department or service.
● Familiarity with contemporary academic research design, methods, software and tools, with particular emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), research data management, digital scholarship, and the use of emerging technologies (such as virtual reality, 3D scanning and printing, drone technology, etc.) in academic research.
● Demonstrated record of collaboration with faculty in teaching and research. Experience in developing graduate level research-oriented services including, but not limited to workshops, colloquia, and course curricula.
● Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues within the library and across campus to develop new research-oriented programs and services.
● Experience applying strong interpersonal and communication skills to work successfully in an intensely collaborative environment.
● Demonstrated commitment to fostering and building a diverse workforce and to supporting staff development in support of the University’s and the Library's goals of excellence and diversity.
• The successful candidate should have the ability to articulate vision, set direction, and accomplish initiatives in rapidly changing environments.

Preferred qualifications

• Experience developing and implementing strategic plans and objectives.
• Experience introducing and managing organizational change.
• Experience writing successful public and private grants.
• Experience in space planning and managing student lab facilities.
• Experience in developing community-centered projects.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Please provide contact information for a minimum of three references.

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Campus Information

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.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates 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.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy ( All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Riverside, CA