Health Sciences Student Success Librarian
Job Details
Forest Grove Campus - Forest Grove, OR
Full Time
$61,000.00 - $65,000.00 Salary/year

Please include a cover letter and current resume with your application. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 1, 2021.


Pacific University believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the university to just the work identified.  It is our expectation that each employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.



Focusing primarily within Pacific’s health professions programs, the Health Sciences Student Success Librarian directly supports graduate and professional student academic success by providing instruction in the use of evidence-based information resources; guiding students through the research process; and ensuring meaningful peer education is available to assist students with studying and academic writing (the latter delivered through the Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS)). In this work, the Health Sciences Student Success Librarian collaborates closely with the Health Sciences Librarian to develop and deliver instruction and research consultation services and with the Student Success Librarian to manage and supervise graduate-level peer tutors through CLASS. Responsibilities of the position are primarily focused in the College of Health Professions, College of Optometry, and School of Communication Sciences & Disorders (College of Education). This position reports to the Dean of University Libraries, is a member of the Library Faculty, and works as a library team member in a rapidly changing, technology-rich environment. Library faculty members are expected to engage in university and professional service, as well as relevant scholarly activities that advance personal and institutional practice. This is an 11-month annual contract on an extended-term track appointment.



  • In coordination with the Health Sciences Librarian, develop, deliver, and assess information literacy instruction for students and faculty in assigned health professions programs within a framework of evidence-based, interprofessional practice.
  • Collaborate with the Health Sciences Librarian to develop online guides and resources to support information literacy instruction.
  • Provide research consultations for students and faculty in health professions programs.
  • Serve as the liaison for designated schools/departments to facilitate communication about library services and resources.
  • In coordination with the Student Success Librarian, manage the hiring, training, and supervision of graduate and professional-level peer tutors for CLASS.
  • In collaboration with the Student Success Librarian, develop and coordinate initiatives and services within CLASS related to student engagement, persistence, and academic success
  • Collaborate with the Student Success Librarian and academic faculty to develop and deliver instruction and online guides that focus on writing skills needed for graduate and professional student academic success.
  • Participate in collaborative efforts within the Libraries to ensure library services are responsive to the academic needs of students of diverse backgrounds, with a special emphasis on the needs of graduate and professional students
  • Participate in outreach to students and academic faculty in support of building student awareness and utilization of library research, tutoring, and writing services.
  • Participate in professional organizations and activities relevant to health sciences librarianship and peer education services.
  • Fulfill the responsibilities of a library faculty member by participating in shared governance, in university and professional service, and in scholarly/creative activities that inform the duties of this position.



  • Serve as a library liaison to graduate student success, engagement, and retention programs across the university, especially those supporting at-risk or traditionally underserved populations.
  • Perform other, relevant duties as needed/required.



This position shares responsibility with the Health Sciences Librarian for library instruction and research consultation services for both traditional and online health professions programs in the Colleges of Education, Health Professions, and Optometry. This position is also responsible for supervision and training of graduate-level peer tutors in CLASS; this position works closely with the head of CLASS, the Student Success Librarian, who is responsible for supervision and training of undergraduate peer tutors and all CLASS budget and reporting obligations. The primary location of this position is the Forest Grove Campus, but the Health Sciences Student Success Librarian will maintain a regular presence on the Hillsboro Campus, as well as collaborate with the Student Success Librarian to coordinate peer tutoring services to graduate programs on the Eugene and Woodburn campuses and in online graduate programs.



This position is responsible for the hiring, supervision, and scheduling of graduate-level student employees for CLASS.


  • MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Demonstrated experience in health sciences reference or instruction services, preferably in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing training for adult learners, providing instruction to post-secondary students, or equivalent activities.




The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic libraries, especially within health sciences librarianship.
  • Knowledge of a variety of information resources (across disciplines and formats) in the field of health sciences.
  • Knowledge of contributing factors to student persistence, success, and retention in graduate education.
  • Ability to apply relevant learning theory and pedagogical methods to teaching and/or peer education.
  • Ability to teach effectively in a variety of settings and modalities (e.g. in-person, online, individual instruction, group instruction, et al.).
  • Aptitude for learning new technology and information tools in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills that display consideration for diverse backgrounds and communication styles.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision-making.
  • Ability to work collegially with others in a collaborative environment.



  • Knowledge of, or experience with, the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge of best practices for post-secondary peer writing or and tutoring services



Academic library environment, working in public areas and in a normal office environment. Primarily sedentary work that requires sitting and using a computer. This job is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions. Faculty, exempt, non-tenure track, full-time, year-round (11 month contract, extended-term-track).



Feeling; Fingering; Grasping; Hearing; Lifting; Pulling; Pushing; Reaching; Repetitive motion; Standing; Stooping; Talking; Walking.



Sedentary work. Light work. Visual acuity.




We are dedicated to providing services that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. Pacific University continues to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity.


Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.




Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.


Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.


At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 28,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.



It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,