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The George Mason University Libraries' Administration Office invites applications for the position of the Special Collections Research Center Research Services Coordinator.
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 academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Position:
Under the supervision of the Director, Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), the Research Services Coordinator has primary responsibility for supporting SCRC public services, including reference, instruction, and outreach. Works across academic disciplines with academic faculty and liaison librarians to collaborate on instruction sessions and primary resource methods workshops. Manages the SCRC Reading Room, providing reference support and security with patrons. Acts as the primary reference resource for off-site researcher requests. Trains and manages student assistants. Coordinates and works with SCRC staff in supporting SCRC and Libraries goals.
Responsibility for Classified staff searches, hiring and onboarding processes; assisting with Professional and Administrative faculty searches; responsibility for Wages employee hiring (student and non-student); performing employee separation/termination processes; and assisting with related personnel activities of the Libraries organization.
Responsibility for instruction, research services support with onsite and off-site researchers, manages Reading Room, trains and manages student assistants, assists with preservation work with rare books, collaborates with SCRC staff on outreach work, participates in University and Libraries professional life.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicants should bring the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to this position:
Responsible for providing reference, instruction, and outreach in collaboration with and under the supervision of the Director, Special Collections Research Center;
Learns the collections for use in reference and instruction;
Assures appropriate security, handling, and use of collection materials in the Reading Room;
Collaborates with faculty and liaison librarians to plan, schedule, and teach using SCRC materials;
Hires, trains, and supervises student workers in staffing the reference desk, providing reproduction services, and retrieving and reshelving collections;
Coordinates student work with rare book preservation methods in collaboration with the Head of Preservation;
Participates in the professional life of the Libraries and the University; and
Reports statistics throughout the year and in the annual report.
Bachelor's degree in a related field or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience;
Special collections/archival experience in academic library; research experience; database use experience; supervisory experience;
Demonstrated project, service, and/or program management experience;
Successful experience supervising, training, and mentoring other staff members and/or student employees;
Advanced reference/customer service experience in an academic library setting;
Demonstrated knowledge and use of current information technologies such as electronic library systems, catalogs, web tools and research databases, e-mail, Windows and/or Mac environment, and Internet;
Demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity working with reference and specialized research resources;
Knowledge and use of presentation technology and current social media platforms and tools;
Advanced organizational skills, including ability to manage competing priorities, meet deadlines, and exercise good judgment; demonstrated aptitude for accurate and detail-oriented work;
Demonstrated, effective leadership, supervisory, and managerial skills;
High proficiency with web authoring tools (blogs, HTML, CSS, etc.);
Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills;
Advanced interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) for providing service, training, outreach in a large, diverse user community, including students and faculty, other library staff, Mason personnel, community users, donors, and other external customers;
Advanced proficiency with computer software (word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and research databases), e-mail, Windows and/or Mac environment, and Web;
Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
Ability to be responsible, collegial, and flexible;
Ability to work effectively and respectfully, negotiate fairly and rationally, and exercise sound judgment under time pressure or in emotionally‐charged situations; and
Ability to lift 40 lbs on a regular basis.
Knowledge of standards and best practices for preservation and digitization of library materials;
Advanced certification in archives;
Training in archives and/or special collections;
Experience managing budgets;
Training/teaching/instruction and marketing/outreach experience in an academic setting;
Experience using primary resources in research projects;
Experience working in a special collections or university archives department in a research library; and
Experience creating and mounting exhibitions.
Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience starting in the low $50,000's
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
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Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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