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Head, Research Support (Arts and Special Collections) (201652) Ottawa

University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa Ottawa Canada

2 months ago

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The Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO)

The University of Ottawa Library seeks an innovative, motivated and service-oriented Head, Research Support (Arts and Special Collections). The successful candidate will be a creative individual who works well with other colleagues in a challenging and changing environment.

Setting: The University of Ottawa is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best universities in the country and the largest bilingual university (French and English) in the world. Located on the unceded territory of Anishinabé-Algonquin people, in the heart of downtown Ottawa, it contributes significantly to the economy, culture and quality of life of Canada's Capital.

Title of the position: Head, Research Support (Arts and Special Collections)


Reporting to the Associate University... Librarian (AUL), Research Services, the Head, Research Support (Arts and Special Collections) is responsible for both managerial and functional activities that take place within their department. In addition to these responsibilities, the incumbent is a member of the Library Management Group. The Head is responsible for building and maintaining relationships within and between divisions. The Head also ensures Library representation on appropriate internal and external bodies and in key library associations.

Together with the Library Management Group, the Head is expected to foster an inclusive, accessible environment in the context of a university community that values and promotes principles of equity, diversity, anti-racism and inclusion.

The Head leads and supervises a team responsible for providing services in support of research and scholarship in the Faculty of Arts and in the digital humanities with the goal of advancing the research mission of the University of Ottawa. The incumbent leads and participates in delivering relevant and timely services to support research activities and teaching tailored to meet the needs of its disciplinary communities. Members of the team, including the Head, have a broad scope of work and activities, which include, but are not limited to, expert search services, teaching and education, research consultations, and community engagement. The Head promotes opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange, especially with the increasing importance of digital tools and technologies in Arts.

In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the Library’s special collections and unique materials in support of teaching and research. These special collections and unique materials include cartographic information and GIS, as well as digital and analog archival materials and rare books managed by the Archives and Special Collections (ARCS) unit. Donor relations are an important aspect of managing these materials and the incumbent, in collaboration with the AUL, Research Services and the Head of ARCS, ensures that these relationships are cultivated and sustained for the benefit of researchers and students.

In collaboration with the AUL, Research Services and other Research Services department Heads, the incumbent defines, implements, and assesses service offerings. All departments in this division contribute to the work of the Library’s interdepartmental and interdivisional teams, such as the Interdisciplinary Data Team, to ensure a seamless and positive user experience.

The Head is a member of the Management Group and works collectively with other members to:
• Provide input to the AULs on strategic planning processes and operationalize strategic plans
• Collaborate with other members of the Library Management Team to meet Library-wide objectives and coordinate cross-departmental workflows to avoid gaps and overlaps
• Develop and recommend creative solutions through policy changes, resource allocation, and new initiatives
• Interpret and communicate Library direction, decisions, and impacts as appropriate
• Explore new ways of achieving the Library's goals by, for example, challenging legacy practices

Terms: Preliminary appointment leading to continuing appointment.

Wage: Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work: Library, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Talia Chung, University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems), University of Ottawa Library, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5. [email protected].

Skills requirements:
• Education: A Master's degree in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent.
• Work experience:
• Effective oral and written communication skills in both French and English.
• Experience in human resources management and administration.
• University degree or related experience in one of the following disciplines: arts or special collections.
• Knowledge of scholarly information and research methods relating to at least one of the Department’s disciplines.
• Experience in providing user-centred research and teaching support to at least one of the Department’s disciplines.
• Ability to establish and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders; as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Highly collaborative, flexible, and collegial, with the ability to work in a team environment.
• Experience planning and implementing innovative projects and services that respond to user needs.
• Ability to engage, empower, and motivate, with a demonstrated ability to develop and implement effective change management strategies.

Extended application deadline: February 12, 2023

Applicants are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and cover letter, with their name in the document title.

The University of Ottawa Library thanks all those who apply. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at [email protected]. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language
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