Director of Education, Research and Clinical Outreach

Working in collaboration with Library leadership, staff across departments and the OHSU campus community, the Director of Education, Research and Clinical Outreach will develop and lead initiatives, partnerships and services for all learning communities at OHSU. This includes collaboration and curriculum development with faculty and administration; instructional and self-directed educational activities for learners; literature searching and reference support for research, quality improvement, clinical care, and other areas; citation and information management education and consultation; and outreach to alumni and unaffiliated health professionals. This individual works competently and sensitively with a broadly diverse constituency with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.

The Director of Education, Research and Clinical Outreach participates in scholarship and service that contributes to the effectiveness of the Library, the University and the profession; monitors trends and standards relevant to providing education and information services; mentors library and Faculty, Instructor, Education, and Learning Development (FIELD) unit faculty; and provides in-person and online instructional activities and research support as appropriate.

This position reports to (supervisor):  University Librarian

The duties of this position include:

  • Leads the Education, Research and Clinical Outreach department in providing high quality, innovative, and user-oriented services to support the discovery, application and management of information for education, evidence-based practice, and research and innovation.
  • Supervises 4.0 FTE of faculty at various career stages and academic ranks.
  • Coordinates and promotes the abilities of the team to contribute to strategic efforts, distributes work across the team, and facilitates knowledge sharing across the Library.
  • Teaches, engages and advises as an expert on information literacy, evidence-based practice, information management and/or the dissemination of educational scholarship.
  • Provides vision for and expertise in offering a suite of services that range from basic reference assistance to advanced research consultations, classroom instruction and service program development. 
  • Builds productive working relationships with other Library unit heads, faculty and staff to plan, implement, refer to and promote library services and digital initiatives.
  • Proactively engages with the Director of Collection Management to share team expertise on new and requested resources or feedback on collections from clients, and recommend and evaluate resources. 
  • In consultation with the Digital Scholarship and Research Engagement unit, assists with or refers questions about creation and sharing of scholarly outputs.
  • Leads efforts to strengthen the Library’s instructional capacity in collaboration with other OHSU units, applies needs assessment and evaluation best practices to educational and outreach activities, and gathers and analyzes relevant data about these activities. 
  • Identifies areas within all missions that could be positively impacted by engagement with library expertise and advocates for the availability of library resources to those audiences.
  • In coordination with the University Librarian, represents the Library to key agencies, institutions and communities, and develops and grows strategic campus, local, regional and national partnerships to create, implement and promote services and polices.
  • Serves on the Library Management Team and Library Council, and contributes to vetting and advancing new ideas, initiatives and strategic plans and fostering a culture of collaboration and communication.
  • Participates in planning, goal setting, budgeting, policy formation and decision-making related to health sciences services, collections and technologies.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science (MLS) or other relevant graduate degree.
  • Minimum three years’ experience in a health science or academic setting in a role providing searching or research consultation, and information management.
  • Competence in instruction on finding and using information; ability to evaluate educational activities and provide feedback to a diverse population of learners and library staff providing educational activities.
  • Significant supervisory and organizational experience that supports teamwork and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective programs and build communities.
  • Evidence of taking initiative, setting goals and priorities while developing the program’s vision, and functioning independently while keeping others informed.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to initiate and develop productive collaborations with faculty and administrators from diverse educational and professional backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills; ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities.
  • Service orientation; commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; and ability to work with diverse communities to understand and respond to ever-changing needs.

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Substantial knowledge and experience with information literacy, evidence-based practice and information management.
  • Familiarity with critical librarianship or critical pedagogy and its application in library practice or education.
  • Established leadership or scholarly contribution to the library or health information professions.
  • Knowledge of health information resources; experience and familiarity with systematic reviews or other knowledge synthesis methodologies.

This is a full-time, faculty position in Portland, OR (Marquam Hill).  Faculty rank and salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience; our average salary for experienced department director is $100,000. 

To apply, please go to the OHSU Jobs page and search for Requisition ID 2020-3666.

Director of Special Collections

The Director of Special Collections is responsible for the care, development and leadership of OHSU’s collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts and artifacts and the Library’s engagement with historical research and programming. This position provides services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service. The appointee works competently and sensitively with a broadly diverse constituency with regards to many facets of identity, including, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. 

This position reports to (supervisor):   University Librarian

The duties of this position include:

  • Provides leadership for university archives and historical collections, establishing a vision for the long-term development of all special collections, identifying resource needs and cultivating opportunities for growth.
  • Directs operations for the unit, including managing faculty, classified staff, students and volunteers. Plans and monitors unit budget and expenditures.
  • Curates rare book collections, including oversight of collection development, cataloging, preservation and outreach involving rare books.
  • Manages and coordinates the OHSU Oral History Program and other special initiatives.
  • Effectively promotes and assesses engagement with the history of health sciences to the OHSU community and the public through library services, spaces, instruction, resources and programming. 
  • Plans, oversees, and evaluates historical programming and collaborates on other public events with logistical support from Library Administration, coordinating with Access Services and the Educational, Research & Clinical Outreach departments as appropriate. 
  • Works with the University Librarian and Library Administrator to manage space planning for special collections, including exhibits and events, secure and accessible space for researchers to work with materials, and ensuring appropriate storage of materials.
  • Produces communications about special collections, ensuring consistent messaging that reflects institutional priorities in collaboration with the library’s platform managers and committees as well as OHSU Communications units.
  • In collaboration with Library Administration and the OHSU Foundation, cultivates potential donors and stewards relationships with donors supporting any aspect of the library.
  • Seeks external funding and grants that benefit the university archives and historical collections, or increase public engagement with the library.
  • In coordination with the University Librarian, represents the library to key agencies, institutions, and communities.
  • Develops unit policies and procedures; contributes to library and university policy and procedure development; contributes as a leader on the library’s management team; serves on university and library committees.
  • Conducts professional scholarship, teaching, and service.

Position Conditions/Qualifications:

  • Accredited graduate degree in Library and Information Science, History, or a related discipline
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in archives or special collections, preferably in an academic or health sciences institution
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience; ability to manage and develop a team of faculty and staff
  • Ability to identify and pursue strategic opportunities, and experience engaging stakeholders around a shared purpose
  • Well-developed knowledge of current issues, practices, and trends in archives, rare books, and special collections; ability to translate strategic and theoretical concepts into practice
  • Service orientation, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and ability to work with diverse communities to understand and respond to ever-changing needs.
  • Outstanding communication skills; effective in representing the institution to diverse audiences, including faculty, staff, administrators, students, community members, peer libraries, and the general public all with a wide-range backgrounds.
  • Experience with planning, promoting and evaluating programs
  • Record of scholarship, teaching, and professional service; ability to contribute institutionally as a faculty member


  • Success in cultivating and sustaining donor relationships
  • Experience with development of rare book collections
  • Success in obtaining and managing grant funding
  • Experience with library space planning and disaster preparedness/response
  • Knowledge of best practices in user experience and accessibility
  • Experience providing reference and instruction in an academic, research, or health sciences library

This is a full-time, faculty position in Portland, OR (Marquam Hill).  Faculty rank and salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience; our average salary for experienced department directors is $100,000.

To apply, please go to the OHSU Jobs page and search for Requisition ID 2019-3114.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the OHSU Library. Volunteer opportunities at the Library are coordinated through the OHSU Office of Visitors and Volunteers. That office connects you as a potential volunteer to opportunities and guides you through the volunteer registration process. Learn about how to become a volunteer and see current opportunities available on their webpage.  The Library does not have any volunteer opportunities listed at this time.  If you would like to propose something, please contact us and let us know what you have in mind