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.
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.
Please provide a resume and cover letter by October 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Instructional and Administrative Duties
Initiate communication about spheres of oversight both within and outside the Library, as appropriate
Coordinate 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
Participate in all instructional activities, from teaching research courses to one-off trainings
Teach at least one section of Advanced Legal Research (ALR), 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
Keep informed of new trends in systems, technology, and the legal profession
Serve on professional committees and attend conferences
Act independently when supervising work and when evaluating and overseeing projects
Work collaboratively with other librarians when managing workflows
Take an active role in instructional activities
Consult with other departments in the Law School about instruction needs
Regularly meet with other librarians and the Director of the Law Library on library services and changing priorities
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
Skills and Competencies:
Strong communication skills in the formal classroom environment
Superior organizational, planning and administrative skills including the ability to work effectively on the broad picture as well as on the detail level
work and lead in an atmosphere of collaboration and team work
be flexible with work assignments and work hours
multi-task and maintain professionalism and collegiality while addressing many people-problems daily
Strong technical skills. Active interest in technology. Ability to understand what technology can be used for to improve services and instruction efforts
Strong problem solving skills
Strong service orientation
Effective interpersonal oral and written communication skills
Yeshiva University has been transforming lives for more than a century. Nowhere but here can students have a personal, small college experience while benefitting from the academic rigor of a top ranked research university. Since its inception YU has been dedicated to melding the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life with the heritage of Western civilization, and each year we celebrate as future leaders make YU their home. Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.