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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Schaffer Library
Categories: Administration

Director of Research and Engagement/Associate Librarian

Pay Status and Classification: Exempt, Regular full-time. This is an 12 month position. This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

Supervisor: College Librarian

Position Purpose: Leads the development and implementation of a user-centered approach to library services, overseeing the Research and Engagement department to ensure optimal access, research support, teaching, and outreach. Plays an integral role in advising library strategy, budgeting, and program development as part of the Library Leadership Team.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Leadership and Oversight: Provides visionary leadership and oversight to Research and Engagement, emphasizing a user-centered approach with a focus on accessibility, equity, and inclusion. Establishes and implements departmental goals, ensuring cohesive services and evaluating outcomes. Coordinates partnerships to enhance the library's teaching role and educational impacts. Collaborates on digital scholarship projects with a cross-functional team. Works closely with Library Leadership to set strategic direction, develop policies, and manage budgets.
  2. Operational Responsibilities: Drives engagement with library collections, innovative services, and emerging technologies among students and faculty. Recruits, develops, evaluates, and mentors a diverse library staff. Contributes to digital scholarship, library instruction and research services.
  3. Community Engagement and Representation: Engages in campus committees and events to reinforce the Library's mission. Represents the College regionally and nationally in relevant associations. Stays updated on library trends through literature, conferences, and networking.
  4. Professional Development and Research: Demonstrated ability to learn, experiment, and advance skills to meet challenges associated with the changing needs of research and instruction. Conducts research aligned with job requirements and for promotion purposes. Attends conferences and meetings regionally and nationally to represent the college and to stay current with trends in the field.


  1. Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program, and a minimum of seven years of progressive experience in academic library management with specialized focus areas. or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience.
  2. Demonstrated dedication to undergraduate research, teaching, and fostering a culture of learning.
  3. Proficient in strategic planning, project management, and evaluation of academic library programs and services.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  5. Proven track record of collaborative work with diverse stakeholders including library colleagues, faculty, administrators, staff, and students to achieve common objectives.
  6. Ability to implement inclusive and engaging strategies in customer service, teaching operations, and programming.
  7. Successful history of leadership involving supervision, employee development, change management and adoption of library technology.
  8. Evidence of scholarly activity and active participation in professional services within the field. 
  9. The ability to foster and enhance a thriving, culturally diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, alumni, faculty, and staff colleagues.

We know some job seekers may not apply for career opportunities unless they meet every qualification in the position description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in hiring the best staff and faculty colleagues, and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career path. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications. 

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.


The annual salary range this position is $95,000 - $100,000. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents


If you require an accommodation throughout the interview process, please don't hesitate to contact our Human Resources department at or 518-388-6108. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates have equal access to opportunities and can participate in a fair and inclusive hiring process.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

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