Head, Student Engagement & Learning VICTORIA , BC


Regular, Full Time Librarian Appointment, Start date July 1, 2021 or after

About the University of Victoria

The University of Victoria ranks consistently in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally recognized teaching and research institution, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact make this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation.

Description of Position

Situated at the University of Victoria Libraries, on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day, the Head, Student Engagement and Learning (HSEL) provides collaborative leadership for library initiatives related to student academic success.

Using a team approach, the HSEL leads a diverse group of employees on the development, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of UVic Libraries’ student academic success programming, including curriculum design of library instruction, digital information fluency, and orientation. The HSEL is also responsible for developing and creating content to support the Libraries’ growing online and hybrid instruction and orientation programming. They will ensure the development and design of new programs, services, and initiatives that support the academic needs of students and will take leadership in evaluating the effectiveness, value, outcomes, and impact of such programs, services and initiatives. They will chair or otherwise be involved in relevant committees and task groups related to student engagement, learning, and success.

The HSEL reports to the Director, Student Academic Success, who is a member of UVic Libraries’ executive team and is cross appointed to the university’s Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation division (LTSI) within the Provost’s Office. In collaboration with the Director, Student Academic Success, the HSEL will build partnerships across a variety of functional areas within the Libraries and with related campus partners including the LTSI and Student Affairs. The HSEL will also work closely with the Manager of Access Services on the development and implementation of an integrated public service model to support students, faculty, staff, and community members with their information and library research related needs. In addition, the HSEL will work closely with user experience and assessment colleagues on the evaluation of services for quality assurance.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Lead and supervise a group of diverse librarians, including providing regular feedback and overseeing the planning and performance process for these librarians;
  • Develop curriculum for library instructional programs that enhance student learning and promotes student academic success;
  • Evaluate library instructional programs including digital information fluency initiatives and orientation programming to ensure relevancy and student engagement and learning;
  • Explore and recommend diverse educational delivery models for library instructional programming;
  • Work with colleagues to leverage educational technology to meet the Libraries’ teaching and learning goals;
  • Work in collaboration with faculty and instructors, the Director, Student Academic Success, library and LTSI colleagues to determine best approaches for pedagogical and instructional design, developing and/or modifying learning outcomes related to libraries instructional programs, and developing learning activities to enhance engagement;
  • Work with colleagues to create events and sessions that support high school outreach programs and college transfer students
  • Works with colleagues across campus on initiatives related to academic integrity and graduate student programming;
  • Review and evaluate existing libraries orientation and instructional activities with attention to diverse student learning needs and experiences;
  • Develop and implement multi-modal approaches to library instructional activities and student engagement and learning programming
  • Recommend instructional delivery methods and approaches grounded in learning principles and evidence-based pedagogy;
  • Participate on committees and working groups related to instruction, digital information fluency, and orientation;
  • Support professional development of librarians and other staff in teaching and learning.



  • Master’s degree from an accredited school of library science, or a master’s or higher degree in another discipline with expertise and excellence in professional practice relevant to the position if the candidate agrees to complete a MLS from an accredited school of library science before the end of the probationary period (or the equivalent combination of education and experience in archival science in the case of an Archivist).
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, implementing and evaluating instructional materials, programs, as well as curriculum design and redesign based on sound pedagogical approaches and learning theories.
  • Experience with implementing a variety of service models to support student engagement and learning.
  • Experience with assessing user learning experience.
  • Strong knowledge of a variety of delivery methods and educational technologies to support instructional and student learning needs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, & oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative planning, project management, and service delivery.
  • Supervisory skills and experience working with and managing a team.
  • Significant experience developing workshops, instruction, and training at the undergraduate graduate levels.
  • A demonstrated willingness to commit to ongoing learning and personal development opportunities related to pedagogical approaches, learning theories, practices, and trends.


  • Knowledge of educational technology such as learning management systems, LibGuides or other content management platforms, instructional video creation, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and how each platform can be optimally used in different contexts.
  • Strong knowledge of pedagogical and andragogical theories and philosophies especially in the higher education context.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices for online, blended, and technology enabled teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain productive and positive working relationships with all stakeholders’
  • Proven track record of achieving project goals and initiatives on time and produce deliverables of a high quality.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population with differing needs and experiences.
  • Highly skilled in organizing and leading teams and projects.

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Participates in Libraries and University committees, councils, task forces, and teams as appropriate. Keeps up-to-date with developments in the profession and related fields, and on broader issues that affect the practice of librarianship. Participates in professional organizations as appropriate. Undertakes research and engages in scholarship as appropriate.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.A comprehensive benefits package is provided.

Application Process

Please submit a Statement of diversity, knowledge, experience, and skills; a CV; and, the names of three references by Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries at ulo@uvic.ca

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Faculty, Librarians, and Archivists at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement (https://www.uvic.ca/vpacademic/assets/docs/Collective%20Agreement.pdf). Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (www.uvicfa.ca). Standards of performance are assessed as set out in the Evaluation Policy for Librarians.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process. UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement.The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record. Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Closes: 6 April, 2021

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