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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 50-27545
School Name University Library
Org Van Pelt Library
Posted to the Web 12/15/2017
Posted Job/Salary Grade 028
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit


In collaboration with the Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Research, and Learning (TRL) Services, the Director of Learning Innovation leads the education strategy for existing and new library instruction. The individual in this role will have three primary responsibilities: (1) to engage library colleagues and campus partners to develop a strategic framework to guide the development of library curricula including workshops, on-demand short-courses, and bibliographic instruction, (2) to innovate, iterate, assess, and scale new instructional modes and methods that include blended, online, and technology-enhanced teaching and learning components, and (3) to develop, implement, and assess an education program targeted to the needs of library liaisons to foster a culture of continuous learning and professional growth. The Director will have supervisory responsibility for a team of professional staff members who provide operational leadership in instruction and design, technology-enhanced classrooms, and high-tech information commons facilities. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Research, and Learning Services, the successful Director will develop, sustain, and propel Penn Libraries’ teaching and learning programs forward.

1. Collaborate regularly with Penn partners and academic units to assess, organize, and continuously improve Penn Libraries’ instruction program.
2. Leverage the instructional design community across campus to accelerate knowledge sharing, experimentation, and prototyping to bring content, resources, staff expertise, and services to a broader audience on-demand, online, and/or on-site for increased impact.
3. Develop and publish new workflows and practices that support innovative instruction; coordinate and scale successful pilots across all library liaisons.
4. Promote opportunities to integrate library instruction into the curriculum across Penn’s 12 schools.
5. Provide leadership and supervisory guidance for TRL instruction staff.


Required Qualifications

* Master’s Degree in Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, Library and Information Science or related degree; and five to seven years of demonstrated supervisory and project management experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Doctoral degree and experience in an academic library/ research-focused university preferred.
* Demonstrated pedagogical knowledge of online and blended teaching, curriculum development, and/or instructional design.
* Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
* Deep understanding of the higher education landscape and the current state of digital learning.

To ensure full consideration, submit application materials on or before January 15, 2018.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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