• Head of Instructional Services & Lecturer-in-Law

    Posting Date 10 months ago(8/14/2017 5:24 PM)
    Job ID
    Employee Classification
    University Libraries
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Campus : Location
    US-NY-Cardozo-5th Ave & 12th St

    The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice. Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

    A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.




    The Cardozo Law Library seeks an innovative, student-focused, and tech savvy librarian who is passionate about building a robust teaching program and coordinating the teaching efforts of their colleagues as the Head of Instructional Services and Lecturer-in-Law to join its dynamic team.


    This position manages and administers the extensive and evolving instructional efforts of the Law Library. The Library provides research instruction in the first-year research and writing program, in clinical programs, and in substantive law courses. Additionally, librarians teach the required Advanced Legal Research course for the Law School. The position will develop the research curriculum efforts, including specialized research courses, and will support the deepening efforts to improve courses through practice in foundational information and organization principles, rigorous assessment, and the thoughtful use of technology.  It will support the instructional team by designing curriculum, developing exercises and tools, and administering the various instructional programs of the Library. Additionally, this position provides professional legal reference service to the Law School and university communities, as well as other patron groups.



    Instructional and Administrative Duties

    Initiate communication about spheres of oversight both within and outside the Library, as appropriate.


    Coordinate and build the instructional efforts for the Library. Work with other librarians on teaching objectives, assignments, and initiatives. Develop curriculum. Coordinate trainings for librarians in areas of curriculum design, assessment, and presentation. Mentor colleagues who are developing instructional skills.


    Participate in all instructional activities, from teaching research courses to one-off trainings. Teach at least one section of Advanced Legal Research (ALR) each semester, a required course for all Cardozo law students. Teach additional for-credit classes, based on need and interest. Participate in regular trainings for classes and clinics.


    Assist Faculty and Scholarly Services Librarian with training efforts for faculty and their research assistants.


    Reference and Research

    Provide print and electronic reference service for Anglo-American, international, foreign and comparative law by responding to in-person, telephone and email inquiries. Able to work some night and Sunday hours, as may be required for instruction efforts. Assist library users with basic access issues regarding the network and applications, such as exam software or the course management system, used in the Law School.  


    Provide research support to faculty members, faculty assistants, and RA/TAs, often coordinated by the Faculty and Scholarly Services Librarian.


    Professional Development

    Keep informed of new trends in systems, technology, and the legal profession. Serve on professional committees and attend conferences.


    Perform other duties as assigned.



    Experience and Educational Background:

    • M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. is required; J.D. is required
    • A minimum of three years of experience in academic legal information instruction is also required
    • Outstanding administrative, interpersonal, and organizational skills are required
    • Demonstrated expertise in curriculum design and ability to lead peers through projects are desired
    • Legal research instruction, especially in a formal classroom setting, are strongly preferred

    Skills and Competencies:

    • Effective interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
    • Excellent communication skills in a formal classroom setting and enthusiasm for student learning. Ability to create and to analyze legal research problems.
    • Strong interest and aptitude in instructional design and assessment.
    • Superior organizational, planning and administrative skills including the ability to work effectively on the broad picture as well as on the detail level. Strong interest in administration.
    • Ability to: take initiative and solve problems / multi-task and maintain professionalism and collegiality while addressing many people-problems daily / work and lead in an atmosphere of collaboration and team work / be flexible with work assignments and work hours.
    • Strong technical skills. Active interest in technology. Ability to understand what technology can be used for to improve services and instruction efforts.
    • Strong service orientation.

    Scope of Responsibility:


    Acts independently when supervising work and when evaluating and overseeing projects. Works collaboratively with other librarians when managing workflows. Takes an active role in leading instructional activities. Consults with other departments in the Law School about instruction needs. Regularly meets with other librarians and the Associate Dean for Library Services on library services and changing priorities.


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