Employment Opportunity: Librarian - Coordinator of Instruction & Research Services

Description of Position

John E. Riley Library
NNU’s John E. Riley Library is seeking candidates with a passion for teaching and a commitment to the role of the library in a liberal arts education for the position of Coordinator of Instruction and Research Services, a full-time (11-month) tenure-track library faculty position. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. The position will begin in summer 2017.
Located in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons completed in Fall 2014, Riley Library is one department within the Academic Services unit of the University. This environment requires the ability to work collaboratively within the library, with other departments in the Learning Commons, and with other campus units in providing services and resources for students and faculty. Library faculty are expected to serve on faculty committees, engage in scholarly endeavors, and to provide meaningful service to the community and to the profession.
NNU librarians work in a service-oriented, highly collaborative and rapidly changing environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership while maintaining a high level of flexibility in order to adjust their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus and library needs. 

Northwest Nazarene University is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and seeks to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. All those interested are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated equitably.
Each library faculty position includes three major areas: functional responsibilities, research and instruction responsibilities, and liaison responsibilities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Functional responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating all Library Instruction with other library faculty
  • Coordinating development and use of information literacy tutorials and videos
  • Supporting and guiding other librarians in their instructional endeavors
  • Developing appropriate assessment of Library instruction
  • Coordinating the development and maintenance of Springshare products (LibGuides, LibCal, LibAnswers)
  • Coordinating Research Help Desk scheduling and staffing
  • Training of student assistants working at the Research Help Desk
  • Overseeing the library’s web page
  • Other duties as assigned
Functional responsibilities may be increased or otherwise adjusted based on the successful candidate’s experience and interests.
Research & Instruction responsibilities include:
  • Serving regularly scheduled hours at the Research Help Desk including some evening and weekend hours
  • Providing general research assistance through scheduled consultations, phone, e-mail, chat, and on-site referrals
  • Providing library instruction in both face-to-face and online environments for assigned academic departments/programs
  • Collaborating with other librarians in developing web-based instructional guides
Liaison responsibilities include:
  • Creatively engaging with the Learning Commons partners to enhance services
  • Working collaboratively with faculty across all disciplines to develop appropriate information literacy/learning activities
  • Promoting library resources and services for all users
  • Collection management for assigned academic departments/programs
Liaison assignment of academic departments/programs will be based on the successful candidate’s qualifications and interests.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent required
  • Evidence of library instruction in a variety of subject areas and at multiple levels
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work successfully with faculty in a variety of disciplines
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to respond appropriately to changing needs and priorities
  • Passion for quality service centered around student learning and characterized by collaboration with faculty in support of teaching and research needs
  • Record of contribution to library professional organizations
  • All candidates must have a Christian perspective (preferably in the Wesleyan tradition), and must be comfortable with and in agreement with the mission and lifestyle values of NNU and willing to help advance the spiritual goals of the University.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Teaching experience in an academic library
  • Commitment to excellence in customer service
  • Familiarity/experience with a Learning Management System
  • Experience in a learning commons environment and/or commitment to participating in collaborative teaching and learning activities


The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant. Full-time faculty will be offered access to a benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance for employee and family, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, opportunities for faculty development, sabbatical experiences, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application packet consisting of: 

  • Letter of interest 
  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae  
  • Responses to the NNU Christian Mission
  • Statement describing your philosophy of Christian higher education
  • Statement describing your philosophy of librarianship and teaching
  • Two reference letters from professional associates (one librarian and one classroom faculty)
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for the hiring process, official transcripts required upon hire) 
Send, fax or email a complete application packet to:
Human Resources Office
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID  83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax:  (208) 467-8587

Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Posted Apr 10, 2017

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).