Current Employment Opportunities

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Librarian and Archivist Academic Job Openings


User Engagement Librarian

The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-oriented librarian to join our team in developing and providing library services that support student engagement and learning.  Reporting to the Head of User Engagement, the User Engagement Librarian will work collaboratively with colleagues in Ellis Library to implement and expand student-oriented initiatives, with particular attention to supporting the needs of first-year and other lower division undergraduate students.

Responsibilities include the provision of high quality reference services, including service at a reference desk and chat reference responsibilities; support for lower division instruction and outreach, including involvement with programs and events that support recruitment and academic preparedness for new students; collaboration with University student services, such as the Student Success Center, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Division of Student Life.  The User Engagement Librarian will work with others in the MU Libraries to assess student needs and to improve or design services based on those needs.  The User Engagement Librarian will serve as a subject specialist librarian for one or more departments.  All librarians are encouraged to participate actively on library and university-wide committees, task forces, and working groups. This position will provide an excellent opportunity to explore a variety of directions for professional growth and development. Some evening and weekend hours required.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information sciences or an international equivalent
  • Strong commitment to public service, outreach, and teaching
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, and to contribute positively to a team environment
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility in adapting to change
  • Commitment to using assessment tools for evidence-based decision-making
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and embrace emerging library and campus-related software programs and technologies
  • Interest in developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, and workshops
  • Technology skills, including but not limited to proficiency with basic office software such as Word and Excel; experience using Web editing software; and experience using a variety of current social media tools
  • Ability to learn and adapt to changes in technology easily

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated outreach experience in an academic setting
  • Experience with providing general reference and instructional services in an academic library
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues faced by first generation, non-traditional, and/or underrepresented student populations
  • Experience with marketing and outreach to student populations
  • Experience creating charts and graphs in Excel
  • Experience writing basic HTML code
  • Graphic design skills
  • Experience creating & maintaining LibGuides

This position will be hired at a rank of Librarian I.  All entry-level librarians must qualify for promotion from Librarian I to Librarian II by the 5th anniversary of their start date.  Please refer to pages 12-16 of the MU Libraries’ academic Governance Document for additional information  http://library.missouri.edu/staff/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/Governance-Document_rev2014.pdf

Compensation: Minimum salary $40,000

Benefits:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Total Rewards website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php/Job ID 16077.  Only online applications will be accepted.  Preference for applications received by May 3, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Special Collections Librarian

The University of Missouri Libraries is seeking qualified applicants for an entry level position, Librarian I, in the Special Collections and Rare Books Department of the (SCARAB) Division. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections, the Special Collections Librarian is responsible for:  

  • making presentations to classes and tour groups
  • providing reference service to patrons, and supporting day to day operations
  • taking primary responsibility for microform  and other non-print collections development, management, and maintenance
  • interacting with faculty and departments to meet their instructional needs
  • collaborating in the design, revision, and update of the Special Collections website
  • developing new instructional programs to engage new audiences from all educational levels, and increasing support for the integration of Special Collections into students’ curricula
  • initiating new ways to engage students and faculty with primary source materials
  • participating in outreach and social media activities

Qualifications:  Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program.  Demonstrated ability to work productively and collaboratively with colleagues and associates is essential.  Excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to build relationships and work effectively with faculty, students, and donors. Commitment to public service and expanded access to the collections is essential.

Preference will be given to candidates with the strongest combination of these additional qualifications:  An additional graduate degree or additional graduate work in a relevant and appropriate subject area.  Work experience and/or course work in the area of rare books, special collections. Knowledge of preservation practices is highly desirable.  Reading knowledge of one or more classical or modern languages in addition to English is a plus as well as knowledge of exhibit development and exhibition practices for collections.  Understanding of the role of digital technology in special collections and knowledge of current library technology and web-based applications. Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with current best practices for library instruction.

This position will be hired at a rank of Librarian I.  All entry-level librarians must qualify for promotion from Librarian I to Librarian II by the 5th anniversary of their start date.  Please refer to pages 12-16 of the MU Libraries’ academic Governance Document for additional information  http://library.missouri.edu/staff/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/02/Governance-Document_rev2014.pdf

Compensation: Minimum salary $40,000

Benefits:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Total Rewards website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of three references at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php/Job ID 16070.  Only online applications will be accepted.  Preference for applications received by May 3, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About Special Collections and Rare Books:  For more information on the Special Collections and Rare Books Department, please visit http://library.missouri.edu/specialcollections/.


About Mizzou:  The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.  The MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools.  Many departments also work closely with the University Extension program to bring the benefits of research to Missouri citizens.  The University of Missouri has a statewide network of 10 research parks and business incubators, each designed to help faculty, entrepreneurs and businesses collaborate to move innovative research to the marketplace, and the Mizzou Advantage program encourages innovative interdisciplinary collaboration.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. Between fall 2002 and fall 2013, Hispanic enrollment grew 160 percent and African American enrollment 81 percent.  MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research.  The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities.  Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 25 percent of all bachelor's degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and sixty-five percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri's public universities.

Located in central Missouri with easy access to St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia, MO is consistently ranked one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life.

For more information on the University of Missouri and the Columbia area, please visit the following:

Staff Job Openings


Human Resources Assistant

The MU Libraries has an immediate opening for a Human Resources Assistant.  The HRA assists library administration in various areas of human resources including employment, payroll, and recruitment.

Specific duties include:

  • Payroll/PAF Administration:  Process the bi-weekly and monthly payrolls.  Enter/oversee biweekly payroll hours for all MU Libraries biweekly paid employees and monthly exception reports for all MU Libraries monthly-paid employees. Enter leave usage for eligible employees.  Complete PAF’s for MU Library employees. Serve as first point of contact with payroll, MU Human Resource Services and Libraries departments/employees to investigate and resolve PAF and Payroll issues. Initiate and assist with Library Payroll Controls process.
  • Human Resources Responsibilities:  Assist the library’s Human Resource Manager with policy interpretation, recruitment, and maintenance of employee files. Help maintain a positive HR presence within the MU Libraries: provide frontline assistance for employee relations issues, communicate established policies and procedures to Libraries’ staff and management. Develop procedures to implement policies or programs as requested to meet library human resource needs.  Assist in recruitment efforts including travel and lodging arrangements, distribution of application materials, itinerary development, etc. Assist with in-house new employee orientation and student new employee orientation.
  • Reporting:  Research, administer and maintain spreadsheets that track various data related to: FMLA, Work Study awards, Effort Verification Reports (EVRs), pay increase impact studies, and others as needed. Assist HR Manager and other department personnel with research, and create spreadsheets or other media as needed.
  • Student Employment Activities:  Coordinate student employment paperwork process ensuring compliance with applicable rules and regulations. Provide basic employment information to applicants and library departments regarding vacancies, the application process, salary information and general human resource policy information. Work with department supervisors on coordination of new hire paperwork, terminations and other student employee relation issues. Act as the Work Study coordinator for the MU Libraries; post job descriptions on Work Study website and act as department/division contact person.  Track work study budgets for departments as necessary.
  • Salary Budget Responsibilities:  Maintain spreadsheets that track various data related to salary calculations and in-house salary analysis. Enter/oversee student budgets reports for the various MU Libraries student departments.
  • Other:  Assist with back-up office reception and general office support; respond to requests for assistance from others in Library Administration. Prepare and update Excel charts such as peer institution comparison graphs. Other duties as assigned.

Salary: 12.98-16.92

Work Hours: Generally Monday – Friday, 8-5

Minimum Qualifications:      

  • A high school education or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is necessary.
  • A minimum of two years of office, customer service, human resources or closely related experience is required.
  • Proficiency in multiple computer applications, including computer application utilized by hiring department, is required.

Preferred Qualifications:  Knowledge and experience with PeopleSoft preferred. Knowledge of basic personnel policies and procedures. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, and Excel; strong organizational skills; good communication and interpersonal skills; ability to analyze & solve problems.

To Apply: Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with job ID 16543.  Application, resume, and cover letter required.  Applications will be accepted through May 29, 2015.  

Benefit Eligibility:   This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.


User Support Analyst

The MU Libraries has an immediate opening for a User Support Analyst.  As a member of the Help Desk, the USA will provide excellent customer service, maintain central point of contact for MU Libraries staff to report problems, and ensure that all issues are resolved in a timely manner.

Specific duties include:

  • Provide first-level desktop support to staff of MU Libraries.  This may include installation, configuration, and trouble-shooting of hardware, standard software applications, and specialized software applications designed for library use.  Work assignments can include setup of new equipment, installation of software upgrades, routine and preventive maintenance, consultation with end users to determine scope and nature of problems and proposing solutions.
  • Provide first-level applications support for MU Libraries staff.  Work assignments can include one-on-one consultation with users to maximize their productive use of standard and specialized software applications, recommendation of training materials and opportunities, and occasional in-house training sessions for small groups of library staff
  • Order computer software, computer parts and components, and required equipment.
  • Maintain an inventory of computer equipment and peripherals, computer and user groups, and user accounts maintained by the Libraries. Produce reports from this data, as needed. Notify users of major system interruptions and provide users with information related to system changes. Monitor and maintain licensed software and ensure compliance with vendor product agreements.
  • Maintain and distribute software documentation, reference manuals, and training guides. Collect and assist with the maintenance of documentation for supported systems and ensure information is cataloged as part of the Help Desk reference library. Provide individual instruction on applications, network.
  • Perform related tasks as assigned.

Salary:  $11.30 – $20.82

Work Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8-5

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to effectively elicit IT information from users, train users in technical procedures/design, and document IT related procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of software installation procedures and use of software applications being supported by the hiring unit is necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly source and resolve the cause of computer problems and to coordinate hardware and/or software solutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform preventative maintenance on computer hardware and software.

To Apply: Apply online at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/staff/index.php with job ID 16449.  Application and resume required.  Applications will be accepted through June 4, 2015.  

Benefit Eligibility:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits.