Coordinator of Research and Scholarship
Kansas City, MO Research and Scholarship
Job Type
Full-time
Description

Linda Hall Library, one of the world’s foremost independent research libraries devoted to science, engineering, and technology, is seeking a Coordinator of Research and Scholarship.


JOB PURPOSE


Reporting to the Vice President for Research and Scholarship, the Coordinator of Research and Scholarship is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all in-person and virtual fellowships, as well as adult education courses for students, scholars, and lifelong learners. The incumbent will manage the program calendar and oversee aspects of each project, including planning, preparation, recruitment, communication, and evaluation. 


The Library's research and scholarship initiatives involve personnel from many different departments, including Public Services, Technical Services, and Public Outreach. The Coordinator of Research and Scholarship will work with all these groups to support research that draws on the Library’s collections and foster broader conversations between scholars and the public.


Fellowship Program

The Linda Hall Library’s fellowship program supports research that explores the relationship between science, technology, and society. Linda Hall Library fellowships provide scholars with funding, access to our extensive collections, and membership in a dynamic intellectual community. Fellows interact regularly with members of the Library staff and share their research findings with broader audiences in books, articles, and public presentations.


The Linda Hall Library has supported over one hundred research fellows since 2011, including scholars from nineteen countries on six continents. These fellows have training in a variety of academic disciplines, including history, philosophy, sociology, literature, art history, and the history of the book. What unifies their research is a shared interest in using our collections to explore how science, technology, and engineering have transformed our world.


Adult Education

Beginning in 2023, the Linda Hall Library will start hosting non-credit online courses that will explore science history from modern perspectives and consider the impact that science and technology have on our daily lives. Designed for people with limited time but limitless curiosity, these multi-session courses will be taught in small groups to foster discussion and an open exchange of ideas. 


Our instructors will include notable historians of science and emerging young scientists whose work is pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Course topics will vary from season to season which means that the opportunities to learn will be endless.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Fellowship Application Review and Selection: Under the guidance of the Vice President for Research and Scholarship, develops, implements, and oversees fellowship recruitment strategies and processes. Organizes and distributes application paperwork and liaises with candidates and review committees. 
  2. Communication with Fellows: Acts as the first point of contact for all prospective, past, and current fellows. Organizes and participates in fellowship orientations and social events and assists with travel plans and relocation needs.
  3. Program Coordination and Operations: Will assist Vice President in the planning, communication, and execution of public programs featuring Linda Hall Library fellows and virtual Adult Education courses. Liaises with educators, manages logistics, and assists with event production as necessary. 
  4. Outreach and Marketing: Working with the Library’s Marketing and Communications staff, the Coordinator helps maintain content on the Library’s website and event registration platforms, promotes the fellowship program and adult education courses, and shares outcomes.
  5. Metrics and Evaluation: Track and gather data and submit required information for internal and external reports and grant applications. May assist in identifying funding resources and working with the Library’s Development staff, cooperatively develop fund-raising strategies and initiatives.
  6. Administrative: Maintains a detailed program calendar and all documents and files for fellows and fellowship programs. Works closely with Finance staff to manage budgets, process check requests, and other financial transactions. 
  7. Other Duties: Collaborate with other members of Library staff as needed to advance the Library’s scholarly mission.


Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in history, history of science, or another related field.
  • A minimum of 2-3 years administrative experience supporting multi-faceted programs and projects.
  • Experience conducting or assisting with academic research or working in academic environments. 
  • Strong working knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook, and Microsoft Teams.
  • Demonstrated ability planning and coordinating events, meetings, and conferences.


CORE CAPABILITIES

1. Attention to Detail: Performs work tasks in a thorough manner. Checks and rechecks work to ensure accuracy, clarity, and completeness. Demonstrates excellent time management skills and ability to balance short-term goals and long-term strategic objectives.

2. Initiative: Requires minimum supervision and is self-directed within the scope of accountabilities.

3. Writing Ability: Clearly and succinctly convey complex ideas using an audience-appropriate writing style. Demonstrates effective use of grammar including syntax, mechanics, and word usage.

4. Communication: High level of comfort with public interaction. Effective verbal communication skills with a strong customer service orientation. 

5. Collaboration: Participates actively in accomplishing group goals, doing their share willingly. Effectively collaborates with internal and external partners to successfully execute programs and events.

6. Adaptability: Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Alters normal procedures to fit a specific situation to get a job done and/or meet goals.

7. Technology: Keeps up with new technology and software applications associated with a field of work. Learns new technical skills quickly.

8. Diversity: Understands and respects practices, customs, values, and norms of other individuals and/or groups. Behavior and actions show investment in the institution’s commitment to diversity. 


WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Typical office conditions.
  • This is not a remote work position. 

Culture and Perks 

  • Tranquil Environment: Work in an atmosphere of learning, a space that is conducive to both quiet contemplation and spirited collaboration. With over 220,000 square feet of library space, the Library offers large workspaces with natural light and views of the verdant Linda Hall Arboretum.
  • Generous Paid Time Off: Full-time employees enjoy a rich paid time off benefit and a holiday schedule that includes two floating holidays. Unlike many public libraries, it is closed weekends and most evenings and offer flexible schedules.
  • Robust Retirement Plan: The Library invests in the future of its employees and offers a substantial contribution to retirement savings in the form of an employer contribution and a match. 
  • Commitment to Learning: Linda Hall Library encourages lifelong learning and advances professional development in the forms of training, conferences, professional memberships, and other development opportunities. 
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Unbeatable Location: Linda Hall is in the cultural heart of the city, within walking distance to Kansas City’s leading museums, verdant fountains and parks, and top local restaurants and shopping destinations. 


COMPANY VALUES/STATEMENTS

The Linda Hall Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.


The Linda Hall Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.