Director, Research and Learning

Auckland, New Zealand
11 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Utilise your understanding of libraries and scholarship in the academic sector
  • Deliver strategic leadership, transformative improvements and innovative services
  • Permanent, full-time role based in Auckland's CBD

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is a vibrant, achievement-oriented and rewarding place to work. As one of the world's top 30 millennial universities and Aotearoa New Zealand's newest, AUT offers a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to business and industry.  We have over 29,000 students and 2,500 staff across our three teaching campuses.

AUT's Library is innovative and dynamic. Well known for our exceptional work in open access (including Tuwhera, our award-winning open research platform), we were the first academic library in Aotearoa with a makerspace and are firmly positioned in learning and teaching at AUT. We are strong in community engagement, UX and codesign, enabling us to create engaging experiences for the people who use our services, both online and physical. The library is a top-ranked study space in the university for students. We are a small team that does incredible work together helping our community to succeed. We have a strong commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supporting mātauranga Māori is core to our kaupapa (purpose) - He eke waka noa (we are all in this together).

The Role

An outstanding opportunity has arisen to provide strategic leadership, direction and operational management for the provision of exceptional library research, learning and digital services to the AUT community. Working closely with key academic stakeholders you'll unlock what faculties need and establish a clear service framework for academic engagement, learning success and online and open initiatives. Your enthusiasm will inspire and motivate as you lead a large team of approx. 37 EFTS. Our services are busy and our teams dedicated to excellence. There is huge potential as together we transform our approach to service delivery, set expectations, articulate value and deliver to it. This role joins our University Librarian and Director of Collections and Engagement, in the library's executive team.

What kind of person are we looking for?

You'll be a great people leader, experienced in leading change and understand how to transform and create outstanding university-wide services. Your knowledge of current trends in learning, teaching and research in universities will be critical, as will your understanding of how academic libraries contribute to scholarship - as you strategically shape the team's approach and engage our stakeholders. You'll be comfortable being highly visible, bold and creative on the journey ahead.

You'll have a passion and skill for community engagement, embracing agility, codesign and collaboration and you will already have experience working in a dynamic and innovative tertiary education context.

Applications and Key Selection Criteria

Applicants must submit their CV, cover letter, as well as a statement addressing the following key selection criteria:

  1. A postgraduate university degree and/or relevant industry experience. Formal qualifications in management and/or information technology or a formal library qualification would be desirable.
  2. Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in learning, teaching and research in universities
  3. A strong understanding of the context of academic libraries in the tertiary sector and their contribution to scholarship. Ideally, this includes information technology, and information management trends including open scholarship and digital dexterity.
  4. Significant experience successfully managing and leading multi-discipline service-focussed teams in changing environments
  5. A passion for community engagement and innovations in your field
  6. Demonstrable experience implementing successful change management initiatives
  7. Knowledge and understanding of best practice client service which meets the needs of users in an academic environment
  8. A service attitude and proven high-level interpersonal skills to work cooperatively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders to drive improvements
  9. Applicants are welcome to add further comments of their own, which they feel of relevance to the role and its requirements.

Start date: Ideally by February 2020

AUT is a fantastic place to work and has excellent staff benefits including free study, a personal fund for your continued professional development, free membership to AUT gyms and generous leave allowances.

For a confidential discussion, contact Mike Wood, Executive Recruitment Partner

  • Closing date: Sunday, 6 October @ 23:55pm
  • Interviews will take place in mid-late October/November

Auckland University of Technology is an EEO employer, we are committed to the Treaty of Waitangi and to equity. AUT aspires to be the University of choice for Maori and Pacific communities.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application process. For further information, please send us an enquiry here or call 921 9499. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email. You will need to apply through the standard registration process.