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Outreach and Instruction Librarian – Assistant Professor (LIB011, 872)

University Mission:  Concordia University is a Christian university preparing leaders for the transformation of society.

Position Title

Outreach and Instruction Librarian – Assistant Professor


Library, GRW

Reports To

Dean of Libraries

FLSA Status


Position Number


Salary Grade

Assistant Professor rank and salary schedule

Primary Work Location

Onsite Main Campus, Portland OR

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday with flexibility to work irregular hours and weekends required.

Assessment Schedule

Position assessed after the initial 90 days and then annually

Employee Class

07 – Faculty, Full-time, Exempt



Last Updated

April 2019


Position Summary

The Outreach and Instruction Librarian is responsible for building campus partnerships, creating strategies to form cross campus collaboration, and developing, assessing, and maintaining library services and instruction that contribute to student success and engagement. This position allows for creativity and innovation in Library Student Success initiatives.

The librarian will also serve as a liaison to departments in line with their educational background and library needs. This position is also a teaching faculty position that includes classroom information literacy instruction, reference desk and virtual reference as well as collection development in collaboration with the other librarians.

This position is open until filled and applicant review will begin around 10/21/2019.



Concordia University is a private, Christian university. Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based on religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.



Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. In collaboration with faculty in assigned liaison area, promotes and teaches classroom based and one-on-one research/information literacy sessions.

2. Develops and creates information literacy curriculum, lectures, and presentations, implementing the recognized established purposes of the assigned liaison areas.

3. Answers research and reference questions virtually and on campus, including weekend virtual reference questions.

4. Builds and maintains connections and collaborations with key campus partners that support first year orientation and coordinates the library’s participation in campus orientation.

5. Coordinates and assesses outreach to cross campus groups including students, faculty and administration.

6. Creates, coordinates, and assesses student success initiatives, such as the Personal Librarian Program.

7. Provides leadership, vision, and support for the library’s open education efforts.

8. Provides outreach to community partners to develop relationships that build and expand community, including off campus community partners such as Faubion School.

9. Monitors appropriate literature to stay abreast of new techniques and technology. Participates in appropriate opportunities for professional development.

10. Participates in collection development with other librarians.

11. Participates in Orbis Cascade consortium activities where needed.

12. Works collaboratively with the Dean, Head of Reference and Instruction, faculty, staff, and students to advance the mission and academic excellence of the University Library in accordance with the mission, values, and vision of CU.

13. Engages in scholarship and service including university committees.

14. Assists with the creation and maintenance of an efficient and respectful working environment in the library.

15. Other duties as assigned.


Work Contacts

Contacts include Department Dean, peer faculty, staff, and students on a regular basis.


Scope of Work

Work is subject to academic review and supports the execution of strategic initiatives of the University. Acts as a subject matter expert. Keeps leaders informed of results, outcomes, and obstacles.


Working Conditions

Classroom, virtual classroom, and office environment


Minimum Physical Requirements

Able to be present to teach coursework onsite or in a virtual classroom.

Able to use technology and administrative software (i.e. Blackboard, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.) to enter data, respond to inquiries, and create teaching materials.

Able to use computer hardware and peripherals as well as office equipment including copiers and scanners.

Able to communicate effectively in person, in front of audiences, electronically, and via telephone.

Tolerance to repetitive motions including keyboarding and writing.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

MLIS, MLS, MSLS or MALS from an ALA accredited institution (or international equivalent).

1+ year library or teaching experience.

Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate professionally with a diverse constituency.


Preferred Experience

Experience with Blackboard or other learning management systems.

Experience or training in teaching, online pedagogy, and/or instructional design.

Experience working in high volume online reference.

Experience working with diverse communities and/or engaging in outreach

Experience with social media outreach


Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Effective and professional written and verbal communication.

Experience and desire to create an academic environment that respects, includes, and enhances diversity of thought and promotes effective consideration of alternative points of view.

Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite and able to effectively use Blackboard and other applicable technology on a regular basis.

Possess and demonstrate integrity, judgment, positivity, and professionalism.


Post offer, Pre-Employment Screening Requirements

Successfully pass a criminal background check.


Attitude and Demeanor of all Concordia University Employees

Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.

Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.

Work as a team member in a professional environment.

Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the demands of the college and/or department).

Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, hygiene, etc.).