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Director of Research and Instructional Support, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) at Mount Holyoke College seeks a diverse pool of applicants for the key leadership position of Director of Research and Instructional Support (RIS).


Position Summary

Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) is committed to providing integrated library, information, and technology services and resources that enable a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff to creatively and productively advance the College's academic, administrative, and co-curricular goals.

Reporting to the Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of LITS, the Director of RIS will join a collaborative leadership team. The team is committed to building on each other's insight, experience, and expertise from across library, information, and technology areas to ensure LITS is responsive to the community, aligned with the College's mission and goals, and continually seeking ways to learn and improve. The Director of RIS will be excited by the opportunities and challenges ahead in the intertwined and rapidly evolving spheres of libraries, technology, and pedagogy and eager to lead a synergistic team of highly collaborative librarians and instructional technology professionals in providing both resources and services that promote the College's mission and vision.


Primary Position Responsibilities

    1. Inspire, lead and support the RIS team to be a high performing, collaborative, forward-looking "team of teams" and support the managers of Research Services, Digital Pedagogy, Collections and Scholarly Communications and the Language Resource Center in fostering an environment of innovation and user-centered engagement while balancing sustainability and a planful vision that furthers excellence in teaching, learning and research.
    2. Share leadership of LITS's organizational development to identify innovative and sustainable services, practices, and resources to advance the college's mission and goals.  
    3. Work to create a welcoming, accessible, and user-centered environment in which a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff can thrive.
    4. Be an effective and open communicator, advocate for RIS, and conduit in multiple directions for questions, needs, and innovative ideas and work to strengthen collaborations across the campus community through active promotion of the rich resources and services available through LITS.
    5. Plan and manage the RIS budget, including supporting the Librarian for Collection Development and the Associate Director in managing the budget for the library's collections.
    6. Actively seek opportunities for collaboration within the Five College consortium and across other peer, disciplinary, and professional networks in areas that resonate with institutional priorities such as data science and visualization, blended learning, open access, and digital humanities as well as a major project to transition to a next generation library system (FOLIO).
    7. Lead a continuous process of assessment and data-driven decision-making to ensure the RIS department's efforts are advancing the College's evolving teaching, learning, and research goals.


Required Education and Experience

  • While an advanced  degree in a field related to the position is preferred (such as Library and Information Science, Education, or Instructional Design), we welcome otherwise qualified candidates with credentials and experience that support the requirements of the position.
  • A significant record of successful team-based leadership, managerial, strategic planning, project management, and supervisory experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Knowledgeable in effective learning theories and pedagogical practices and assessment especially within a liberal arts college context; in the realm of academic libraries, collections, and information literacy frameworks; and, in the application of technology to enhance effective teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work effectively and build strong productive relationships with a diverse group of faculty, students, administrators, staff, and others across the organization and consortium. Active listener with the ability to understand and balance the needs of various constituent groups and reconcile competing priorities and limited resources.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through evidence of having expanded services, programs, collections, and/or staff demographics in support of DEI.
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm for others' growth and success. Ability to inspire and foster innovation and to lead and guide change. Creativity, flexibility, and a passion for supporting a collaborative work environment.


Desired Experience

We are actively building an organization that values the following skills and abilities. We want to talk with candidates who see themselves broadly reflected below:

  • possesses excellent and creative interpersonal, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills;
  • embraces meaningful change; 
  • seeks to build a collaborative and culturally diverse environment; 
  • works effectively in both independent and team environments and manages multiple tasks and priorities effectively; 
  • leads initiatives from inception to implementation and successfully advocates for resources;
  • understands instructional design, library, information, and technology services in an academic setting; 
  • maintains a professional and tactful approach in all interactions and shows sensitivity to the diverse needs of users at all skill levels; 
  • prioritizes individuals' rights to privacy and confidentiality; and 
  • possesses an enthusiastic service orientation.


To Apply

Please visit the following link to view the full position. To apply in confidence please email a resume and cover letter to  Nominations and inquiries may be made by contacting Next Generation Executive Search Managing Partners Phil Goldstein at or Mary Beth Baker at


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