DATE ENTERED: September 8, 2018
POSITION: Assessment and E-Resources Program Analyst
LOCATION: Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA)
APPLY BY: Review of applications will begin October 13, 2018


The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia-sponsored program housed at George Mason University and Virginia’s academic library consortium, seeks to fill the position of Assessment and E-Resources Program Analyst. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s and VIVA’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Responsibilities:
The Assessment and E-Resources Program Analyst is responsible for the statewide data management and assessment components of VIVA’s Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative. This position works to directly advance VIVA’s goal of implementing sustainable and economically viable models of scholarly communication that provide barrier free access to resources for students and researchers.

Duties:

  • Coordinate and implement the data management and assessment components of VIVA’s statewide Open and Affordable Course Content Program.
  • Support the work of the VIVA Open and Affordable Course Content Committee and its associated task forces.
  • Serve as a central contact and facilitator for the VIVA Curriculum-Driven Acquisitions program.
  • Develop and maintain a crosswalk between courses common across the state, with a focus on high enrollment courses, and materials available in the Open Textbook Library, VIVA’s shared ebook holdings, and other repositories of OER.
  • Develop and maintain a portal for faculty across Virginia to discover and adopt open, centrally licensed, and commercial course content with pre-negotiated rights that align with VIVA values.
  • Work closely with the Open and Sustainable Learning Coordinator to evaluate and communicate programmatic success to a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Assist with managing VIVA’s shared collections of electronic resources, including databases, ejournals, ebooks, and streaming media, with a focus on discovery and integration with a focus on discovery and integration with current curricula at Virginia’s public universities.
  • Track and interpret the savings from the adoption of OER and curriculum-driven acquisitions and evaluate the program’s Return on Investment through such metrics as adoption rate and cost savings.
  • Identify and cultivate partners for curriculum-development acquisitions solutions and actively investigate new models and approaches for providing these resources.
  • Monitor issues, trends, and best practices in data management, discovery, e-resource management, and open and affordable course content, within the higher education landscape. Contribute actively to that dialogue within VIVA.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science or foreign equivalent, or an equivalent combination of relevant graduate study and experience.
  • Significant and demonstrably successful experience working collaboratively in a complex and culturally diverse higher education setting.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, analytical and assessment skills, and planning and organizational skills.
  • Conceptual knowledge of and demonstrated experience with the technologies used to manage and access e-resources.
  • Demonstrated project management and team leadership of individuals and groups as well as the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in adapting to change and ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and balance multiple functions and tasks.
  • Candidate must be willing and able to travel to meetings and to attend conferences and meetings representing VIVA.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with library consortia operations and organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the evolving Open Educational Resources and Open Access landscape.
  • Familiarity with library acquisitions and licensing and how these impact access to electronic resources.
  • Aptitude for thinking creatively and developing products and services, such as discovery and e-resource management tools relevant to open and affordable course content.
  • Strong proficiency in data management practices and software, including facility with spreadsheet and database tools.
  • Experience with editing web pages and managing databases and websites.
  • A record of active professional engagement including professional presentations and publications.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply:
12-month professional faculty without rank appointment; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

VIVA serves as Virginia’s academic library consortium, representing 72 nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members include all of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities as well as 32 of the independent (private, nonprofit) institutions and the Library of Virginia. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s nonprofit academic libraries serving the higher education community. See http://www.vivalib.org for more information about VIVA.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington DC region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library – innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
All applications for this position (FA44Fz) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page (https://jobs.gmu.edu/). Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop ([email protected]), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin October 13, 2018.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. 

https://jobs.gmu.edu/postings/43820