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Learning Services Specialist
Job Category:   Library
Unit:   Library
Position Code:   SLIB8745A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin 03/25/19 and continue until the position has been filled
Salary:   $55,000 - $65,000
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check is required

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.

In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job:

Using creative, administrative, and analytical skills, the Learning Services Specialist supports and works closely with Research & Learning Services colleagues to further the development of students’ information literacy competencies.

Key responsibilities include the following:
1. Instructional Support -- Creates, evaluates, and updates instructional materials/learning objects in a variety of formats. Ensures materials are current, effective, and accessible.
2. Administration -- Administers online tools used for instruction and reference purposes (e.g. LibApps) to ensure that software functionality is optimized and user access is managed. Creates documentation to support use of these tools. Coordinates scheduling of instruction sessions, workshops, and events.
3. Assessment -- Gathers, analyzes, and summarizes data for reporting, decision-making, and advocacy purposes. Evaluates and recommends new processes and tools to improve existing workflows related to instruction and reference services.

Qualifications:   • Bachelor's degree in related area and five years of progressively responsible related experience OR Master's degree in related area and three years of progressively responsible related experience or equivalent experience and training.

• Demonstrates strong collaborative skills and the ability to complete assignments independently.

• Demonstrates excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

• Possesses an ability to effectively communicate information in a variety of formats especially online environments.

• Demonstrates proficiency in the use HTML and Microsoft Windows-based computer programs especially Excel; possesses an ability to learn, master, and implement new technologies.

• Demonstrates problem-solving skills to address challenges and propose solutions.

• Demonstrates effective data collections methods and excellent analysis skills.

• Evidence of effectively managing and improving processes.

• Takes initiative and exhibits an ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple functions.

• Exemplifies excellent customer service skills whether to internal or external customers.

• Demonstrates experience providing training and feedback with the ability to adapt to specific audiences.

• Maintains complete discretion, confidentiality, sensitivity, and professional judgment.

• Demonstrates knowledge of learning theories and/or instructional design, preferred.

• Demonstrates knowledge of and interest in using library online databases and resources, preferred.

To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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