Digital Curriculum Program Coordinator

Department: Digital Library Program

Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian ($56,665 – $86,788)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: September 2, 2020

 Position Duration: Temporary (one-year) position

The UCLA Library seeks a collaborative, enthusiastic, and creative individual who is experienced in digital pedagogy and has experience working in a large public higher education institution.

Reporting to the Head of the Digital Library Program, the Digital Curriculum Program Coordinator (DCPC) will develop a curricular support program for the next two academic years that connects the digital resources curated and published by the Digital Library Program with teaching on the UCLA campus. The DCPC will address a current and urgent need to support instructional design and learning modules for remote instruction, online learning, and blended teaching models. The incumbent will use skills of instructional design and multimedia development to leverage the wide array of digital content from the UCLA Library and the Film and Television Archive to develop effective teaching and learning activities for use by UCLA faculty and instructors.

The DCPC will work collaboratively within the UCLA Library, which has a wide array of instructional support and outreach specialists spanning several departments and teams. The DCPC will serve as an outreach specialist for using open access and digital primary sources in teaching across the UCLA campus. The incumbent will seek out partnerships with research and teaching organizations across the UCLA campus, including but not limited to the Digital Research Consortium, the Digital Humanities program, the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the UCLA Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms Program, and the UCLA Online Teaching & Learning Program. Working with scholars across the UCLA campus, the DCPC will provide support for incorporating digital resources into the curriculum and will provide pathways for campus entities to use library services (Data Science, ML/AI, GIS, AR/VR).  The DCPC will demonstrate a high degree of collaboration and diplomacy as well as demonstrate effective problem analysis and creative solutions.

Position Duties

Reporting to the Head of the Digital Library Program, the incumbent will:

  • Develop a plan for developing and implementing curriculum materials related to UCLA courses for the upcoming academic year (AY2021)
  • Develop an assessment plan for Library curricular engagement
  • Based on assessment and learning during AY2021, develop a plan for further work that the Digital Library Program can undertake for the next academic year (AY2122)
  • Develop remote instruction support that advances equity, diversity, and inclusion at UCLA
  • Apply advanced professional instructional design and technology skills to create models for effective use of digital content for remote instruction, working closely with instructors, faculty, and academic stakeholders
  • Coordinate with library colleagues to conduct outreach to and support faculty and instructors related to online instruction
  • Promote digital pedagogy, including consulting with faculty and instructors to develop new digitally focused assignments based on available hardware and software
  • Initiate, build, and nurture excellent relationships with a diverse university community to assist instructors in planning effective, innovative, and sustainable digital instruction
  • Lead presentations and workshops to demonstrate digital pedagogy in practice
  • Assist discipline faculty in organizing course content, embedding tools, and adding open educational resources (OERs) to their courses using the current Learning Management System

The successful candidate will be committed to promoting and enhancing diversity through engagement with and promotion of the UCLA Principles of Community (

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
  • Strong understanding of pedagogy and learning theories.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills and strong collaboration and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to initiate and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and managers. Ability to work harmoniously and as a team player, thrive in a team-based environment, and skill in fostering teamwork among others.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and manage projects.
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and the community.
  • Ability to work with staff, students, and faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds and in a dynamic and complex environment within a large organization.
  • Experience with design and evaluation of instruction for undergraduate students.
  • Ability to follow directions from supervisors (and to provide clear directions to staff and student employees).
  • Ability to get to work reliably and on time and to be present in the workplace during normal working hours.

Applicants with all the above basic qualifications and any of the following preferred qualifications or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply: (1) Work experience in designing high quality academic courses for online delivery and/or re-designing traditional on-ground courses for online or blended delivery; (2) Experience as an instructor in higher education; (3) Familiarity with a learning management system, preference for Moodle and Canvas; (4) Advanced degree in an area related to education, communications, educational technology, instructional systems, or other academic discipline; (5) Experience developing an assessment or evaluation plan for instructional and outreach activities.

General Information

Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. Librarians at UCLA are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Relocation assistance may be provided.

Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility.  Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program.  In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities.  Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.

Application Procedures

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply here:

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter describing qualifications and experience;
  • a current resume/vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and
  • the names and contact information for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor.

Candidates applying by September 2, 2020 will be given first consideration for this position.  UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Description of Unit

The UCLA Digital Library Program works collaboratively within the UCLA Library, across campus, and with a broad range of partners to preserve and provide enhanced access to local and global cultural heritage materials in support of the University’s teaching, learning, research and service mission. The Program provides for the storage and dissemination of digital objects, including text, images, audio, and video in their various digital manifestations and combinations. At present, the DLP manages collections containing 3 million digital assets, including text, images, video, and audio.

Description of Institution and Library

As one of the world’s great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.

UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.

To enable these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public.  It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and manuscripts.  It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.

The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship.  More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.

Whether on campus or online, the Library forms the intellectual heart of UCLA, a hub for cutting-edge discovery, scholarship, and instruction.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California and key components of the University’s commitment to excellence.  The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.  For the complete University of California policy on discrimination, harassment, and affirmative action see: University of California – Policy Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace

Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.

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