Assistant Head of Research Materials Procurement | University of Houston Libraries Assistant Head of Research Materials Procurement – University of Houston Libraries

Assistant Head of Research Materials Procurement

Responsibilities: The UH Libraries’ Research Materials Procurement (RMP) department manages the Libraries’ materials budget, the purchasing of all physical and electronic resources, and the resource sharing and document delivery services. Reporting to the Head of RMP, the Assistant Head of RMP will directly oversee the continuing resources unit, with responsibility for acquiring, licensing, and maintaining access to continuing resources in all formats. The person in this position will be responsible for negotiating license agreements with publishers and vendors for the acquisition and renewal of electronic resource subscriptions and one-time purchases in a variety of formats including journals, ebooks, databases, data sets, and streaming media. As a leader in the department, this position is also responsible for leading a team of staff and students, including direct supervision of two full-time staff members and indirect supervision of two staff members and three students. In the absence of the Head of RMP, this person will be responsible for the daily management of the staff and department and may be asked to represent the department at meetings of the Leadership Advisory Council or other bodies.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to work in a team based environment and collaborate across the library to set priorities and move the library in new directions in alignment with the UH Libraries 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. Responsibilities will include tracking trends in electronic resources management, open access publishing, and alternative acquisition and access models to maximize access to the Libraries’ continuing resources. A key element will include building effective relationships and communication with vendors and subject selectors about potential purchases, renewals, and cancellations and providing relevant data, such as cost information and usage statistics.

General responsibilities of the position will include investigating technical requirements and platform compatibility with library systems for potential electronic resource acquisitions, troubleshooting electronic resources access issues for internal and external users, performing financial planning and analysis for continuing resources budgets, and serving on the Libraries’ Collection Management Committee and Electronic Resources Management Team.

The Assistant Head of RMP is a librarian position. Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Librarians’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship, and professional development. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Required –

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Ability to work strategically in a complex, changing environment
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated success working in a team environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, or experience with, negotiating license agreements

Preferred –

  • Experience managing print and electronic serials in a library
  • Experience managing database subscriptions and life cycles
  • Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property in libraries
  • Supervisory experience

Salary:  $64,000 to 68,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications.  Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Library Information:  The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  The University Libraries’ total staff is 160, including 62 professionals.  Additional information about the University Libraries is available at:

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Plan 2017-21 focuses on quality collections, research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces.  The complete document is available at:  The Libraries’ Strategic Plan supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status:  We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

The University of Houston Libraries respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.  Our organization serves one of the most diverse campuses in the nation and seeks to recruit and retain a similar community of library professionals.  We welcome candidates whose experience in libraries, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion.

General Information:  The University of Houston campus comprises 14 colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of over 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. 

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enjoys a reasonable cost of living.

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Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Applications should be submitted at:

Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information:

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact Christina Gola, Director of Recruitment and Organizational Learning, at 713-743-9761 or

Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.


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