Monday, July 11, 2011

Position Announcement - Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library


JOB Title: Project Director

DEPARTMENT: Office of Planning, Assessment,  and Communications


The Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library supports the teaching and learning missions of four institutions of higher learning that comprise the world’s largest consortium of HBCUs—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.  Conveniently located and easily accessible to the campuses, the Woodruff Library is the center of the intellectual and social life at the Atlanta University Center. 

The Woodruff Library’s impressiveness is not limited to its physical environment. Our employees work to ensure that the Woodruff Library is an efficient and effective learning environment. Librarians offer engaging information literacy and instruction programs, working closely with faculty to develop expansive and relevant print and electronic collections. Holdings include: 352,000 print volumes; 53,000 electronic books; 31,000 bound journal volumes; 1,500 current journal subscriptions; 7,600 videos, DVDs and CDs; and more than 235 electronic databases. Electronic resources are accessible via the Library's 230 public workstations and remotely through our website,  The Archives Research Center is noted for its extensive holdings of materials on the African American experience, including the John Henrik Clarke Africana and African-American Collection, the Henry P. Slaughter and Countee Cullen Memorial collection of graphic and performing arts, and the Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records collection. In addition, at the request of Morehouse College, the Library has served as custodian of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection since September 2006. As such, the Library houses and oversees the security, conservation, preservation and access of the collection for scholarly research

The Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library is looking for a self-motivated, energetic, and highly motivated individual to fill the position of Project Director.  The Project Director will report to the Assistant Head of Planning, Assessment, and Communications.  The individual in this capacity will be responsible for managing a grant funded collaborative project with 6 libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  This project, “Recruiting Tomorrow’s Leaders” seeks to address the critical shortage of African American professionals in libraries and archives, and to prepare young African American men and women to assume advocacy and leadership roles in these professions.  Working with the Assistant Head of Planning, Assessment, and Communications, the Project Director will develop and implement strategies for recruiting undergraduates from the participating HBCU’s for library internships.  This position is a full-time two year grant funded position. 

·         Maintain project oversight at six participating HBCU Libraries
·         Rewrite the internship curriculum
·         Design recruitment materials, application forms, and assessment tracking tools
·         Plan and manage the implementation of the Summer Field Experience
·         Select, establish and manage a Blog
·         Manage assessment and tracking of student participation
·         Develop and manage the scholarship award process
·         Identify and nurture partnership relations to include a mentorship component
·         Maintain communications with Campus Coordinators and mentors
·         Serve as campus coordinator for the Robert W. Library of the Atlanta University Center schools
·         Promote the program via the media
·         Prepare reports, manage the financial budget, assess project outcomes
·         Create and implement projects and/or exercises to assisting in motivating undergraduates about careers in the library/archival profession

  • M.L.S. degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution
  • Minimum of 2 years experience working in a library
  • Experience developing and implementing a curriculum
  • Relevant experience working with undergraduate students preferred
  • Effective project management and assessment skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills
·         Ability to work independently and as a member of a team and to foster a team environment
·         Ability to negotiate conflict among users and staff
·         Ability to problem solve (identifying, exercising good judgment, solving)
·         Strong customer service skills
·         Ability to maintain confidentiality
·         Experience using standard office software such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to interact effectively with various audiences
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills

·         Ability to take initiative and be accountable for results
·         Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks


Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, company paid disability plans, company match retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).


Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and resume online to the Human Resources Department at  Please include three professional references and salary requirements.  Application review begins in July 2011 and will continue until position is filled.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more about our Library visit us online at

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