University of Rochester Director of Library Assessment in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 Academic Engagement


Position Summary:

In partnership and collaboration with department heads and leaders across the River Campus Libraries, the Director of Library Assessment manages, leads, and collaborates on projects focused on gathering, analyzing, and putting into use high-quality, actionable data to determine the value of library services, programs, learning spaces, and resources, and to inform RCL planning and decision-making. This role joins RCL at a very exciting time, as the University of Rochester develops a data governance structure and system to support assessment across the University. Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Academic Engagement, the Director of Library Assessment works with university data governance structures and systems, collaborates with library staff to promote a culture of assessment across the River Campus Libraries, and works to increase the technical competencies of library staff in collecting critical data and applying data analysis in their decision-making.


Assessment Design and Data Analysis

  • Collaborates across RCL to design assessment tools and approaches to evaluate the impact of instruction, programming, research support activities, digital and physical collections, library learning spaces, planning and to inform decision-making
  • Leads and provides guidance across RCL in analyzing and evaluating assessment data, and incorporating lessons learned into practice
  • Explores new technologies to capture, analyze, and visualize assessment data

Data Analysis and Communication

  • Analyses RCL’s assessment data, and provides summaries, advice, and consultation on the use of that data to RCL’s Strategic Leadership Team
  • Works with RCL’s Communications Project Manager to develop effective, accurate, and appropriate communication about RCL’s impact and value
  • Helps Outreach Librarians construct and frame impact communication to academic departments and faculty

Project Management and Leadership in Assessment

  • Designs, manages, and leads collaborative, innovative, and experimental assessment projects across RCL
  • Identifies stakeholders and key partners in innovative assessment projects, and keeps them well-informed of project progress
  • Recognizes and clearly communicates risks and opportunities

Integration into Campus Assessment Initiatives

  • Works with the campus’ emerging data governance structure and initiatives to integrate RCL assessment data and projects
  • Works with the Director of Educational Effectiveness to effectively link RCL’s assessment efforts with those of the School of Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Collaborates with existing campus data dashboard frameworks to integrate RCL data with campus data
  • Sits on campus assessment and/or data committees and working groups, provides RCL data, expertise, and experience

Staff Training and Development

  • Designs and delivers training at a variety of levels of engagement to staff across the organization in order to help facilitate the culture of assessment at RCL
  • Explores new ways to integrate assessment thinking and approaches into staff activities
  • Helps build interest and excitement in assessment data and narratives
  • Consults with staff as they learn to apply data in their day-to-day decision-making

Miscellaneous Duties

  • Participates in and contributes towards River Campus Libraries and University committees, meetings, and events
  • Maintains professional collaborations with River Campus Libraries colleagues and other campus constituencies
  • Contributes to the profession through active participation in conferences, associations, research, writing, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Post-graduate degree in the field of library and information science from an A.L.A.-accredited institution
  • An advanced degree, significant coursework, or equivalent experience in social science research methods
  • Demonstrated expertise in collecting and using qualitative and quantitative data
  • Understanding of current issues in library assessment, ethical data collection, use, and storage
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills using analytical tools and software
  • Expertise using visualization tools and other means of effectively communicating evidence from data
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to form strong connections with collaborators including library staff, faculty, and students
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Competence with a variety of technologies and devices; willingness to explore the use of new technology in support of effectively achieving goals with a high tolerance for risk and failure
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity
  • Strong commitment to diversity

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years’ recent work experience in an academic library setting
  • Advanced degree in a social sciences field, Data Science, Computer Science, or significant relevant work experience
  • Grant-writing experience
  • Good knowledge of project management principles

The University and the Library

The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of more than three million volumes and more than 44,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is in the process of implementing the fourth year of a five-year transformational strategic plan. This provides a unique opportunity for incumbents to implement the strategies to achieve the Libraries vision of becoming a collaborative hub of innovation in support of the Schools we support. For more information on the University and the Libraries, please consult our website: .

The University of Rochester is the sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation's leading private universities with just over 5,600 undergraduate and over 4,600 full and part-time graduate students on the River Campus. Located in Rochester, New York, the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.

Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions.

Rochester is recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. Several high schools in the metropolitan area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country. The metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons. In addition to hosting past PGA and Ryder cup tournaments and the LPGA tour, Rochester is also home to top-level minor league baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams.

For more information about Rochester, see Visit Rochester

Salary and Benefits:

Rank and competitive salary are commensurate with education and experience. The University of Rochester offers comprehensive benefits; choice of retirement programs including TIAA. Paid vacation and seven calendar holiday as well as tuition benefits.

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled. Please send a letter of application, resume, and the names, address and phone numbers of three references to:

Kelley Kitrinos, Human Resources Manager

Rush Rhees Library, Box 270055

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY 14627

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Job Title: Director of Library Assessment

Location: Central Administration

Job ID: 201314

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time