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Chair, Academic Research Consulting and Services (ARCS)
SALARY:    $73,625 minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank
                    $80,059 minimum salary at the University Librarian rank           
                    The Smathers Libraries offer a salary commensurate with experience and credentials
Requisition #:     525303
DEADLINE DATE:  March 6, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as received.

The George A. Smathers Libraries seek an innovative and collaborative candidate to apply for its Chair, Academic Research Consulting and Services (ARCS). The ARCS department is central to library-based, discipline-agnostic research support for the University of Florida community. The ARCS Chair will utilize their experience in and enthusiasm for research to lead the department in these efforts: develop key relationships across campus; enhance the role of the Smathers Libraries as a center for research support; and build highly effective, inclusive, and innovative teams.
The ARCS team is strategically expanding to meet campus needs, with a new emphasis on supporting artificial intelligence through deep engagement in education, research, equity, and outreach. ARCS also provides expertise in bioinformatics analysis, data management, digital humanities, informatics, rigor and reproducibility, systematic reviews, and related areas (http://arcs.uflib.ufl.edu/stories). The ARCS department works alongside ARCS affiliates in scholarly communication and publishing and subject-specific liaison librarians to support researchers throughout the research life cycle via consultation services, training opportunities within and outside the curriculum, and outreach strategies to constituencies campus-wide.
The ARCS Chair is a year-round (12-month), tenure-track faculty position providing leadership and vision for the ARCS team and direct supervision of ARCS departmental faculty. ARCS faculty are key partners in advancing the research enterprise, leading and supporting initiatives to grow infrastructure and services that enhance UF's diverse research portfolio, which includes over $1 billion annually in research expenditures. 
The Smathers Libraries are committed to creating a thoughtful, equitable, and inclusive culture that provides space for innovation and creativity. We offer a fulfilling work experience for collaboration, growth, development, and shared perspectives. To support all colleagues, students, faculty, and staff, and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the libraries actively seek candidates who bring culturally rich lived experiences and are excited to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and perspectives.
  • Implement innovative and collaborative approaches to advance research and provide transdisciplinary research services in partnership with the Associate Dean of Research and Health Sciences, ARCS department members, affiliates, and relevant campus entities. 
  • Cultivate the creativity and agency of ARCS department members and affiliates to solve problems, make decisions, and participate in the governance and management of ARCS.
  • Define and deliver research support services responsive to students, faculty, and other library users.
  • Identify library-based research support services gaps, and establish plans to resolve these gaps through environmental scanning, active participation in the research enterprise, and developing appropriate ARCS organizational structures and functions.
  • Directly supervise 8 ARCS department faculty.
  • Develop strategies for ARCS outreach, marketing, and user engagement.
  • Foster ARCS team collaboration with library liaisons and other library faculty and staff to ensure ARCS services are aligned with and support other Libraries' functions and services.
  • Keep abreast of trends, technologies, and policies impacting the research enterprise and researchers locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Actively contribute to the leadership of Smathers Libraries and the UF Research enterprise. 
  • Guide and mentor members of the ARCS department through the tenure and promotion process.
  • Actively engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, support diverse communities, and create a welcoming environment for all.
  • Perform scholarly research and provide service at the institutional and professional levels related to assignment, per Research and Health Sciences tenure and promotion criteria.

Application Process
To apply, submit
  • a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three references, including their contact information (telephone number and email address), one of which must be a current or prior supervisor, to be contacted after an on-site interview. 
  • a written statement answering the question, "What is your vision of the libraries' role in advancing research practices for a large leading research university?" (no more than 500 words).
Apply by March 6, 2023 (applications will be reviewed as received). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Job Number 525303. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Joseph Piazza, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at jpiazza@ufl.edu.
Position: Chair, Academic Research Consulting and Services (ARCS)
Organization: University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries
Location: Gainesville,  FL 
United States
Salary: $73,625 minimum salary
Posting Start Date: 2/3/2023
Date Posted: 2/9/2023
Requirements Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications.[1] We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleagues develop the preferred skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.
  • Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library or information science graduate program or another relevant advanced degree.
  • Eight years of relevant professional experience, including a record of progressive scholarly accomplishment.
  • At least three years of leadership and supervisory responsibility in a research library, with demonstrated experience leading change and fostering professional development and growth.
  • Demonstrated experience providing research services or support through libraries.
  • Experience providing support to NIH, NSF, NEH, USDA, or other federally funded researchers from a library or different service setting.
  • Demonstrated experience leading, creating, and participating in multidisciplinary teams and building collaborative relationships.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work.
  • Knowledge of current trends and challenges affecting researchers and the research enterprise.
  • Understanding of and experience with grants and funder requirements related to research.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and creativity in working in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Strong potential for meeting tenure and promotion requirements as outlined in the HSCL tenure and promotion criteria.
  • Experience in developing outreach, marketing services, and user engagement strategies.
  • Successful experience in securing donor and grant funding.
  • Experience in creating or leading research support programs in collaboration with non-library academic units (e.g., Office of Research, Computing / IT).
  • Dedication to transforming research practices for openness, transparency, and inclusion.
[1] Schmaling, K. B., Blume, A. W., & Baker, D. L. (2017). Characteristics of Faculty Position Advertisements Associated with Applicant Diversity. Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, 17(8), 10–17.  Collier, D., & Zhang, C. (2016). Can We Reduce Bias in the Recruiting Process and Diversify Pools of Candidates by Using Different Types of Words in Job Descriptions? Mohr, T. S. (2014). Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified. Harvard Business Review, 25.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/10/2023
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University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries
1545 W University Avenue

Gainesville,  FL 32611
United States
(352) 273-2601
Joseph Piazza