Head of Clinical Research and Education

Connecticut, United States
Tuesday, 28 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 28 September 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

The Head of Clinical Research and Education leads the Medical Library’s program in educating trainees and clinicians, supporting clinical research and quality improvement, and advancing patient care. Reporting to the Associate Director and working in a highly collaborative environment, the incumbent will determine the information needs of clinicians and promote library services across Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), the primary clinical affiliate of the Yale School of Medicine. This position will develop innovative services, formulate a strategy for setting and achieving program goals, assess skills and resources required to ensure success, and evaluate program effectiveness. This position will serve as the Medical Library’s point person for clinical support and will build and sustain relationships with key user groups including Graduate Medical Education and hospital leadership committees.

The Head of Clinical Research and Education leads the work of a team of Research and Education librarians and the long-established liaison program in a busy, patron-focused environment. This includes hiring and evaluating the work of four or more direct-report librarians, and collaborating with all levels of library staff. This position participates in collection development and provides direct support to clinical departments using a wide range of instructional resources and information technologies.

The Head of Clinical Research and Education serves on the Library’s Leadership Team and the Research and Education Managers Team. The incumbent partners closely with other Heads/Assistant Directors in the Library to promote teamwork and collaboration, foster the training and development of all staff, and ensure the provision of high-quality education and research services.

This position will be assigned a rank of Librarian 3 to 4 based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. 

Essential Duties

1. Leads the Medical Library’s program in support of Yale New Haven Hospital and the  clinical enterprise of Yale School of Medicine. Promotes the development, implementation, and evaluation of library services that align with user needs and the clinical care and research priorities of the university and the hospital.
2. Establishes and maintains relationships with clinicians, administrative and house staff, hospital and health system administrators, chairs of academic departments and librarians in the affiliated hospitals of YNHH.
3. Provides leadership and vision for the Clinical Team and manages the Library’s clinical liaison program.
4. Hires, trains, coaches, supervises, and evaluates the work of four or more librarians.
5. Serves as a liaison librarian to selected departments and offers orientations, instruction, consultation, searching, and research services and support to faculty, staff, and trainees.
6. Provides training in the use of knowledge management and information resources, tools, and strategies including: evidence-based searching, systematic reviews, citation management tools, databases, mobile apps.
7. Collaborates with the Collection Development and Scholarly Communication Librarian and other librarians in the health system to build robust clinical collections, resources, and tools.
9. Serves on the Library’s Leadership Team and helps shape the vision and strategic direction of the Library.
10. Collaborates with other librarians and libraries at Yale University.
11. Promotes the use of current and emerging technologies in support of clinical practice.
13. Serves on YNHH, Library and University committees.
14. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices to encourage innovation and ensure the excellence of the Library.
15.  May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.
16. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of five years of professional library experience in a medical/health sciences library, or equivalent.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated understanding of a clinical environment in an academic health center and the ability to establish positive, productive collaborations with groups of stakeholders.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Proven ability to design, implement, and assess innovative outreach programs and services to achieve library objectives.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Ability to supervise the work of others and commitment to mentoring, training and developing staff.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills, including the ability to actively listen, understand and articulate user needs. Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively with varied groups in a rapidly changing team environment.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to prioritize, multi-task, plan and meet deadlines, and to conceptualize new solutions to problems with creativity and flexibility.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Eight to ten years of professional library experience in a biomedical or clinical environment. Participation in health sciences research teams as a peer. Experience supervising librarians. Second degree in a health science, education, science or public health area.

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Background Check Requirements

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

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