Faculty Librarian Positions

Executive Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region
Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) is seeking an enthusiastic, forward-thinking Executive Director for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

Funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through a cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program. NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the general public have access to quality health information. The successful candidate will bring a dedication to outreach and educational programs which increase access to quality health information; be skilled in managing a high-performing unit; possess strong networking and collaborative skills; and have vision for national and regional programs that shape the future of the NNLM.

The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, development, administration, and evaluation of all programs of the Middle Atlantic Region, including outreach services such as project funding, training, presentations, exhibits and other types of public programs. The Executive Director supervises a staff of four librarian coordinators, a part-time administrator and a part-time technology specialist. The position serves on the National Network Steering Committee, alongside representatives from the other seven regions and five national offices. The position reports to the MAR Director, who is also the Director of HSLS.

This position requires some year-round travel, primarily within the region.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Initiates, plans, implements, manages and evaluates MAR programs in accordance with established goals and grant requirements;
  • Solicits feedback from program constituents and coordinates a regional advisory structure;
  • Communicates with other regional medical library offices on common projects;
  • Plans strategic direction of national and regional programs and represents NNLM MAR at the national and regional levels;
  • Maintains effective communications with NNLM Network members and constituents, HSLS, NNLM regional and national offices and the National Library of Medicine;
  • Assesses NNLM MAR programs and ensures that evaluation and assessment are essential components of program activities;
  • Negotiates and implements a subaward program and provides information and consultation on awards and preparation of applications;
  • Prepares and manages annual budgets;
  • Prepares program objectives and annual reports;
  • Coordinates day-to-day operations;
  • Supervises professional and support staff, currently 5.0 FTE;
  • Ensures compliance with NLM and University of Pittsburgh financial and descriptive reporting requirements;
  • Serves as Managing Editor of the MAReport Newsletter; and
  • Participates on the National Network Steering Committee and other committees as appropriate.


  • MLS from ALA-accredited institution, OR equivalent advanced degree;
  • Significant management, supervisory and project management experience;
  • Evidence of strong administrative and leadership skills, including competence in budgeting, planning, organizing, and managing staff;
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of the NNLM, and of NLM products and services;
  • Willingness to travel; valid driver’s license at the time of employment;
  • Flexibility and demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities; and
  • Strong service orientation and evidence supporting the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, health professionals and consumers in a diverse, multi-cultural community.

Preference will be given to candidates with health sciences backgrounds.

Qualified candidates should submit applications via e-mail document attachments to Renae Barger, HSLS Associate Director for Research, Education and Clinical Information Services at rbarger@pitt.edu. Include cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin on February 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum starting salary is $80,000. Position is a full-time, non-tenured faculty librarian. The University of Pittsburgh is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employer. The University supports diversity initiatives and encourages minorities to apply. For more information, refer to the University’s required workplace postings.

For more information about NNLM MAR, visit http://nnlm.gov/mar.

For more information about the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, visit www.hsls.pitt.edu/.

For more information about the University of Pittsburgh, visit http://www.pitt.edu/about.

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