Position Opening: Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR)

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The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah seeks an imaginative team leader with progressive ideas to lead the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. The Associate Director reports directly to the Executive Director of the Eccles Health Sciences Library. The Associate Director leads a professional team based at the Library and five Partner Libraries in planning and implementing the NNLM MCR program. Directed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NNLM Steering Committee, the Associate Director coordinates the activities of the NNLM MCR with other components of the NNLM program to support the effective use of NLM information products and services and improve health information access. With the NNLM MCR team, the Associate Director assures compliance with all elements of the NLM cooperative agreement. Direct reports include the Assistant Director of the NNLM Training Office, the All of Us Coordinator, and the NNLM MCR staff based at Eccles Health Sciences Library.

The individual in this position prepares an annual budget, reports in a timely fashion, and oversees the NNLM MCR communication with all stakeholders. Responsibilities also include monitoring new developments related to NLM products and services, information technology, and information policy. All librarians are expected to contribute to the profession through service, scholarship, outreach, and mentoring. This position is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position.


  1. Supervises the NNLM MCR professional and support staff.
  2. Ensures appropriate assessment and evaluation of the regional program and with the NNLM MCR team, develops and implements a logic model.
  3. Prepares an annual budget, annual report, and reports-on-demand for submission to the National Library of Medicine.
  4. Administers subawards with Partner Libraries and works with their directors and coordinators.
  5. Oversees the NNLM MCR communications including the website, social media, newsletter, and blogs.
  6. Monitors new developments related to the NLM, information technology and information policy.
  7. Participates as a member of the Program Subcommittee of the NNLM Steering Committee.
  8. Participates as a member of the Eccles Health Sciences Library Executive Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, and Library Council.
  9. Other duties as assigned

The mission of the EHSL is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library contributes to the success of health professionals, students, researchers and the community. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery.

The EHSL (http://library.med.utah.edu) serves University of Utah Health, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University of Utah Health Care, which includes the Hospitals and Clinics. The EHSL also serves as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.



  • MLS or Master’s Degree in an equivalent field from an accredited university.
  • Ability to persuade, explain, instruct in writing and speech
  • Leadership and supervisory experience
  • Program evaluation experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to manage and control budgets
  • Problem solver
  • Ability to manage a geographically disparate team
  • Technological aptitude


  • Familiarity with NLM resources and services
  • Health sciences library experience
  • Community-based outreach experience

Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $85,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, career-line (non-tenure-track) faculty position in the Clinical track. Rank is dependent upon the qualifications of the candidate. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/ CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: https://academic-affairs.utah.edu/faculty-handbook/. See https://www.hr.utah.edu/benefits/ for a full list of benefits.


The University of Utah uses an online application system.

Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above; a curriculum vitae; and names of three references.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page at: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/71101


Review of applications: Begins January 2, 2018 and continues until the position is filled.

If you have any questions on this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Jessi Van Der Volgen, Assistant Director of the NNLM Training Office

Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

10 North 1900 East, Building 589

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-5890



The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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