DATE ENTERED: September 27, 2021
POSITION: Head of Instruction
LOCATION: Christopher Newport University, VA
APPLY BY: 10/10/2021

Working Title    Head of Instruction

Position Number    FA164

FLSA    Exempt

Appointment Type Full Time

Sensitive Position No

Sensitive Position Statement A sensitive position requires a fingerprint-based criminal history check. This is NOT a sensitive position.

Campus Security Authority Yes

Campus Security Authority Statement This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority. A Campus Security Authority (or CSA) is defined as an “official of the institution with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.” A CSA is required to immediately report any crime that is reported to them to the University Police who will then review, evaluate, and investigate the reported crime. Annual training is required by the Department of Education for all personnel who have been designated as a Campus Security Authority.

Designated Personnel    No

Designated Personnel Statement    If a position is deemed as a “designated position”, the position could potentially be required to work (depending on the event) during an emergency closing. This is NOT a “designated position.”

Statement of Economic Interest    No

Statement of Economic Interest Statement This position does NOT require a Statement of Personal Economic Interest.

Restricted Position    Yes

Restricted Position Statement A restricted position would be subject to availability of funding.  This is a restricted position.

Chief Objective of Position The Instruction Librarian is responsible for the development and delivery of all aspects of the library’s instruction program.

Work Tasks    
1.    Plan, develop and assess a program of instruction in library resources and services for all communities of the University. Manages and acts as lead instructor of program.  
2.    Develop, design and implement online learning content
3.    Develop, maintain and assess an instruction web page on library’s web page.
4.    Supervise and develop the University Archives and Special Collections
5.    Lead administrator of the Trible Library web site and electronic resources
6.    Supervises Electronic Resources Coordinator.
7.    Acts as liaison to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.
8.    Provide Reference assistance
9.    Serve as a liaison to one or more academic department
10.    Review and communicate safety issues to assure a safe and healthy workplace and a reduction in work related absence.
11.    Develop and maintain very positive and professional customer service and/or relations within the office/department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees. Demonstrate a positive and professional attitude and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Fully support the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely goes the extra mile in providing service.
12.    This position is designated as a “responsible employee” who has the authority to redress sexual violence, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual violence or other student misconduct, or who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
13.    Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required    

  • Excellent teaching, written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; substantial experience in academic libraries
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to apply library policies and procedures
  • Ability to organize tasks and creatively solve problems
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students and/or the general public in a tactful and courteous manner
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) preferred    

  • Ability to effectively conduct library research.
  • Ability to evaluate instructional programs.

Required Education    A Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution by application date is required.
Preferred Education    Second Masters Degree in a related field.

Experience Required    

  • Proven experience in an academic library environment in public services and instruction. Demonstrated experience in library outreach to faculty and students.
  • Experience in developing and delivering academic library instruction.
  • Experience in developing and delivering online academic library instruction and developing supportive instruction modules.
  • Experience in managing archives and special collections.
  • Library Reference experience; and supervisory experience.


Experience Preferred    

  • Experience in managing library web pages.
  • Experience in working with undergraduate research programs.
  • Experience in Scholarly Communication Programs.


CNU Information    Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387 Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.  Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus. Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored, and fully engaged in the life of our academic community.  We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. For further details and information about Christopher Newport, visit

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number    AP173P

Posting Date    09/24/2021

Application Deadline    10/10/2021

Application Instructions    Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references at the time of application.  

Review of applications will begin October 10, 2021.

Applications received after October 10, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Per the Governor’s order, as a state employee, you would be required to disclose vaccine status. If you are fully vaccinated, you must provide documents confirming this status.  The Governor requires that all employees who are unvaccinated, or not yet fully vaccinated to be tested weekly until they are fully vaccinated. This is a condition of employment.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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