10/16/15 – Director for Research, Instruction & Information Services
American University in Cairo, Egypt
Sarah P’s comments: Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city. American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. However I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment and many long-term expat residents have left. FYI: AUC also advertised a reference/instruction position in mid-August.
Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.
The successful candidate will be responsible for directing and supervising the Main Library’s service oriented, highly digital research, information and instructional services and coordinating with the Center for Learning & Teaching the services for the Learning Commons. He/she will work closely with university faculty, students and staff regarding reference, research, information, and instruction services as well as develop new services/policies for the AUC community and external users. Specifically, he/she will participate as a member of the research services team in the provision of electronic and print research services for AUC Library patrons through the Learning Commons and other service points. Other major areas of responsibility include collection development, instruction, outreach in a targeted discipline as a library liaison, and teaching in the Information Literacy program.
The successful candidate must have an ALA accredited MLS degree, excellent oral and written skills in English, high-level skills in current information retrieval technologies, demonstrated skills and experience in delivering high quality research service using both traditional print and digital resources, broad subject expertise appropriate to a liberal arts educational institution, demonstrated experience in instruction (one-on-one and classroom) in an academic library environment, a minimum of 3-5 years experience in an academic library (preferably in the public service areas), including 2-3 years supervisory and administrative experience, ability to work effectively independently and in a team, ability to sustain a strong service oriented attitude to provide a positive and constructive experience for all library users. HIGHLY DESIRABLE: Library subject area experience or academic background, second masters degree, proficiency in a second language, and experience in a multicultural environment desirable but not mandatory.
This is a Faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor.
The position will remain open until filled.
All applicants must submit the following documents online:
a) a current CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a statement of teaching philosophy; d) a completed Personnel Information Form; e) at least three reference letters from referees familiar with your professional background sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.