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Spring 2015 Registration TOMORROW

Blog - MLS - Wed, 29/10/2014 - 12:00

Spring registration begins TOMORROW, Thursday, October 30 at 8:30am!! Be sure to have extra class options ready just in case your first choice class or section is full.

You can begin the process of registering for classes at

If you still have questions regarding your schedule please feel free to contact the advising team.

Jeff Waters MLS, MIM

Felicia Low MLS, MIM, Online
301.405.1218 (CP)
301.738.6243 (SG)

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REMINDER: Internship & Networking Fair is Today!

Blog - MLS - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 13:13

Don’t forget to stop by the Internship & Networking Fair in Hornbake Library’s Main Lobby from 4:00-6:00 today.

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Society of American Archivists Job Postings – Multiple Locations

Blog - MLS - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 10:02

The Society of American Archivists currently has 25 job postings promoted on their website.  You can find these jobs here.

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Research Librarian for the Health Sciences at University of California, Irvine – Irvine, CA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 09:59

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, proactive, collaborative, and user-oriented Research Librarian for the Health Sciences to develop and manage electronic and print collections and plan and deliver innovative liaison, reference, and instruction services in the health sciences for the Ayala Science Library on the main campus and the Grunigen Medical Library at the UCI Medical Center in Orange.

The Research Librarian for the Health Sciences supports the educational, research and clinical needs for the School of Medicine and additionally works with a team to support programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nursing Science, and Public Health. Working in a collegial environment with other librarians for the health sciences, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing print and electronic collections, and will participate in a team approach to provide liaison, outreach, instruction, and reference to faculty, researchers, staff, and students.

The Research Librarian for the Health Sciences will be based in the Ayala Science Library and will be a member of the Collection Development Department, reporting to the Head of Collection Development.

Duties and Responsibilities:

In the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for the Health Sciences will be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of collections and resources that support the School of Medicine. This position works collaboratively with other campus librarians for the health sciences, in order to understand and meet faculty, researcher, staff and students information needs and to promote the Libraries’ services and resources. An important focus of the position will be working as a liaison to provide digital services to faculty and researchers in support of the research life cycle which includes ensuring compliance with funding mandates for public access to articles and data. On a University of California system-wide level, the Research Librarian for the Health Sciences will be a member of the UC Health and Life Sciences selectors group, providing input and making decisions on health and life science resources and topics that pertain to our consortium. The candidate will also develop and update subject web pages in support of health sciences research. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with the UCI Libraries’ technology centers to identify and provide multimedia resources and services to support the research and teaching needs of the health sciences.

In the area of reference, the Research Librarian for the Health Sciences will provide specialized and general reference service. The candidate may provide reference service, responding to in-person, telephone, and electronic inquiries as well as providing specialized research consultations for health sciences related questions. The candidate is also expected to maintain sufficient knowledge to provide effective general reference assistance. Occasional evening shifts are required.

In the area of instruction, the Research Librarian for Health Sciences will provide and promote specialized instruction services to students and faculty in the health sciences. The candidate also participates in the Libraries’ information literacy initiatives and general education programs to assist campus and community users in improving their critical thinking, information-seeking, and research skills.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational background in the health sciences; or experience performing reference, instruction, and/or collection development for these subjects.
  • Substantial knowledge of health sciences resources, including scholarly communication issues and trends in this area.
  • Ability to provide effective instruction in the use of health sciences resources.
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong interest in information technology, instructional technology, electronic resources, multimedia resources and services, especially in the health sciences.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


  • Familiarity with the NIH Public Access Policy and its procedures.
  • Knowledge of bibliometric tools.
  • Experience assessing, evaluating, and negotiating digital resources for the health sciences.
  • Skill in developing, organizing, and maintaining web-based information resources.
  • Experience using health science resources in the provision of reference, instruction, or collection development.

Collection Development Department:

The Collection Development Department is responsible for the library-wide development and management of general collections in the Langson Library, Ayala Science Library, and Grunigen Medical Library under the administration and coordination of the Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources. This department takes the lead role in developing and planning the overarching and ongoing collections policies, procedures, and projects that ensure that the scholarly resources available meet the campus teaching, research, and patient care needs. As an important part of these initiatives, the Department plans and implements the Libraries’ role in e-research and digital scholarship services. The Department consists of 8 librarians (including the department head) and 1 library assistant. The Department is committed to developing, delivering, and preserving the Libraries’ outstanding collection of significant and diverse research resources and is dedicated to building a research library of excellence.

The UCI Libraries:

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. These buildings contain over 3,600 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600 public access computers. The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant FTE. The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes and over 137,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI has more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,100 faculty. Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales. Appointment is anticipated to be at the Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian rank with a salary of $47,722 – $73,238.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Deadline for Applications:

Applications received by October 27, 2014 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested (cover letter; complete résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference’s professional relationship to the applicant) via UC Recruit at:

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at with links
to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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Research and Instruction Librarian at Lafayette College Library – Easton, PA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 09:53


Lafayette College Library seeks a creative, energetic librarian to join an interdisciplinary organization committed to teaching and scholarship. The Research and Instructional Librarian will participate broadly in the Library’s information literacy program, with a special responsibility for providing Digital Humanities training and promoting the use of new digital scholarship tools in the classroom.

This position requires a strong academic background, curiosity about how technology is affecting research and teaching, and enthusiasm for collaboration with faculty and students in a liberal arts context. We seek candidates who are familiar with the tools and methodologies of digital scholarship  (e.g., text encoding; visual and statistical analysis; data curation; network visualization; geospatial analysis) and welcome those who may not have a high degree of experience with any particular technology so long as they can demonstrate the ability to learn new tools quickly, distill core concepts, and teach them to others.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS or other relevant graduate degree; strong academic background in the liberal arts; facility with methods and tools for at least one area of digital scholarship; superior teaching skills; strong interpersonal skills and service orientation; knowledge of a wide range of information sources and technologies; knowledge of new models of scholarly communication; ability to work collegially and communicate effectively with faculty and students.

Lafayette College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college with degree programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering. It offers a small college environment with large college resources. Lafayette received the 2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, which recognized, among other accomplishments, the Library’s innovative approaches to information literacy and digital scholarship.  Librarians at Lafayette hold faculty status, without rank or tenure, and participate in college governance as members of the Faculty.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; excellent benefits, including college tuition support for children. The Library strongly encourages and generously supports professional development.

For consideration, please submit a resume and letter addressing job qualifications and three professional references to: Neil McElroy, Dean of Libraries, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042 or via email to:

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Head of Reference and Instruction at The United States Naval Academy – Annapolis, MD

Blog - MLS - Tue, 28/10/2014 - 09:52
The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland is seeking experienced, innovative candidates for the position of Head of Reference and Instruction.  To apply for the job, go to  For additional information, go to

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Technical Information Specialist – Ke`aki Technologie – Fort Detrick, Maryland

Blog - MLS - Mon, 27/10/2014 - 12:13
Description: Ke`aki Technologies LLC, is a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned business. A premier government services company, Ke`aki Technologies LLC offers a full spectrum of solutions that improve the performance and operational effectiveness of our government and Department of Defense customers. Our mission synchronized solutions are designed to deliver exactly what our customers need, when they need it. From base and range operations to biomedical defense support to telecommunications and IT services, we deliver the exact talent, tools and technologies needed to meet mission requirements.

Ke`aki Technologies is looking for a Technical Information Specialist (Library) to work within the Library on our United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) contract at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

The Technical Information Specialist (Library) will support the informational research needs of USAMRIID researchers and support staff.

Duties Include:

  • Answer reference/research questions.
  • Conduct database searches.
  • Process interlibrary loan requests.
  • Perform collection development (acquisitions and weeding).
  • Perform print and electronic serials check-in, claims, review, and shelving.
  • Perform circulation and shelving duties.
  • Conduct inventories.
  • Prepare reports.
  • Conduct library training.
  • Assist with library marketing efforts.
  • Assist with administration of library online systems.
  • Assist patrons with library computers and technical equipment.
  • Maintain accurate statistics and records of all library services.
  • Perform required job-related training as necessary.


  • Required Education: MLS in Library and Information Science or similar degree with a background in Biological/Medical science.
  • Must have excellent writing skills, close attention to detail, good communication skills and good organizational skills.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and with use of electronic document management systems.
  • Shall have good skills and abilities to interact with research subject matter experts and other scientific/ support staff in a team environment.


  • A favorable National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI), or higher if warranted, must be initiated prior to the first day of service

Ke`aki Technologies LLC is a fast growing government service provider. Employees enjoy competitive salaries; a 401K plan with company match; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; tuition reimbursement; paid vacation and sick time; and 10 paid holidays. Ke`aki Technologies is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

For additional information on Ke`aki Technologies, LLC, please visit

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of individuals with disabilities and veterans. We are proud to state that we do not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability status. If you are a person with a disability and you need an accommodation during the application process, please click here to request accommodation. We E-Verify all employees.

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Congratulations Beyond These Walls Scholarship Recipients

Blog - MLS - Mon, 27/10/2014 - 11:59

iSchool Master of Library Science (MLS) students Johnna PercellSheridan Sayles, and Matthew Testa are winners of the iSchool’s “Beyond These Walls” Student Travel Awards for Fall 2014. This year’s award winners were eligible for awards of up to $250. The award winners were selected based on a holistic review of their award applications by the iSchool’s Awards Committee.

  • Johnna, along with other members of the iDiversity student group, submitted a paper entitled, “The iDiversity Curriculum Resource Project,” for the ALISE Annual Conference that will take place in Chicago in January.
  • Sheridan will be co-presenting a case study of the customer service curriculum that she helped create for McKeldin Library as part of her work with the Customer Service Committee for the UMD Libraries. She will present her work, entitled “Re-thinking Customer Service Training: A Curricular Solution to a Familiar Problem,” at the Access Services Conference in Atlanta in November.
  • Matthew will be attending sessions and networking with professional music librarians from across the country at the Music Library Association Annual Conference that will take place in Denver in February.

The “Beyond These Walls” Student Travel Award was established in 2012. This fund provides financial support to allow students from any program at the College of Information Studies to attend local and national conferences, present research, and gain experience and exposure to professionals in the field.


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This Week in Technology….

MIM Blog - Mon, 27/10/2014 - 09:19

A Company Claims To Have Developed Working Hoverboard. Read more here.

A team of physicists have designed a small MRI machine that was able to detect a single hydrogen atom. Read more here.

A team of engineers have developed only one atom thick electric generator. This study also provided the first experimental evidence that the material is piezoelectric, or capable of producing electricity through pressure. Read more here.

Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in Ashburn, Virginia is continuing to advance the field of microscopy by leading a team that developed a lattice light-shield microscope which offers high-resolution, 3D images of moving, living cells and organisms. Read more here.

Significant process has recently been made by a team who have developed a laser tractor beam able to attract and repel particles about 100 times further than has been previously achieved. Read more here.

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle’s third mission (OTV-3) came to an end on October 17 when the unmanned craft landed safely and autonomously at Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California after 675 days in orbit. Altogether, the three missions have totaled 1367 days, and a fourth mission is expected to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida sometime in 2015. The project, headed by Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is classified. As such, no one really knows what OTV-3 has been doing up there for nearly 2 years. Read more here.

Felix Baumgartner – old Google executive – shattered the world record for highest-altitude jump when he famously plummeted 128,100 feet to Earth on October 9, 2012. Read more here.

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2014 Global Jobs Report

MIM Blog - Fri, 24/10/2014 - 11:04

Original article can be found here.

In 2014, project management practitioners will continue to be in high demand. But what that demand means—the opportunities offered, the skills needed—will vary wildly by sector and location.

The rapidly growing economies of India and China have a strong need for project practitioners with a standard set of skills. “The fundamentals of project management are not clearly integrated in China, and there are lots of opportunities for growth in this area,” says Jerry D. Lainhart, PMP, a Haiyang, China-based coordinator for nuclear-power provider Westinghouse Electric Company. Chinese organizations are increasingly embracing project management processes—and striving to ensure their staffs are trained in them. “An experienced project manager will likely have many assistant project managers trying to understand the ins and outs of project management so the company will be self-sufficient in these skills on their next project,” Mr. Lainhart says.

Meanwhile, in developed countries still recovering from the global meltdown, increased pressure on an organization’s bottom line means an increased need for project practitioners who can think strategically when executing projects.

“The ability to convert strategy into action is the emerging skill of our time,” says Tim Wasserman, program director of the Stanford University Advanced Project Management program, Stanford, California, USA. When project managers can grasp the larger ecosystem in which the project lives, they’re able to create more agile processes that lead to improved outcomes—not just for the organization but also for the economy.

And employers realize that. In July 2013, project manager jobs topped the list of open positions in healthcare IT in the United States just as overall job demand in that field reached a record high, according to Wanted Analytics. In Canada, “senior project manager” was the most commonly advertised senior-level job title across all industries, while project managers in the United Kingdom enjoyed a drop in unemployment.

These six sectors face differing challenges and economic outlooks, but they have one thing in common: job opportunities for project practitioners.


While renewable energy gets the media buzz, traditional energy hasn’t gone the way of yesterday’s news quite yet. New oil-field discoveries and advances in fossil-fuel extraction technology are leading to some of the largest energy projects in the world.

The mostly untapped oil fields off the coast of Rio de Janeiro could turn Brazil into one of the world’s leading oil producers. Yet to get there, the nation will have to overcome a shortage of qualified project practitioners. Among countries with the most difficulty finding skilled workers, Brazil ranks second to Japan, according to ManpowerGroup.

“Skilled project managers are very difficult to recruit in Brazil,” says Derek M. Stott, PMP, Brazil pre-salt project director for Dresser-Rand, Campinas, Brazil. Dresser-Rand supplies gas turbine and motor drive compression equipment for a US$73 billion exploration and production project led by Brazilian oil company Petrobras, based in Rio de Janeiro.

Over the next three to five years, Petrobras plans to deploy more than 20 new floating production, storage and off-loading facilities to access Brazil’s pre-salt reserves lying beneath thick layers of rock and salt. Such rapid industry growth, coupled with government restrictions on outsourcing parts and labor, has stimulated local industrial production beyond the capacity of the existing labor pool. “If you have a degree, you’ll have no trouble finding a project management job in Brazil,” says Mr. Stott.

A labor shortage in the energy industry has also hit Europe’s North Sea. While oil production in the area has declined steadily over the last 10 years, experts predict the fields still have 30 to 40 years of production left. An industry survey released by, the world’s largest oil and gas jobs board, found that 65 percent of North Sea oil and gas companies cannot recruit enough project engineers to meet demand. With a wave of North Sea workers retiring soon, the sector’s need for skilled project managers may reach near-crisis levels.

“With a highly educated workforce and low unemployment, Norway is importing their labor force,” says Mark Woeppel, president and CEO, Pinnacle Strategies, a global project management consultancy firm in Dallas, Texas, USA that supports several North Sea energy projects. Highly skilled project managers with engineering, construction or oil and gas industry experience will find plenty of work in the region.

Mr. Woeppel suggests job seekers look beyond the industry’s major players and investigate positions with the subcontractors and suppliers that support them. He also recommends attaining project management certifications to demonstrate a standard set of skills. “It shows a commitment to the profession,” says Mr. Woeppel.

Whom you know can be as important as what you know. “Most companies are looking for several years of project experience, and networking plays a big role in finding and landing a job,” says Giovanni Di Muoio, PMP, project leader at wind-systems manufacturer Vestas Nacelles, Copenhagen, Denmark.

With the economy still in recovery mode, many organizations in the energy sector have shifted their focus from R&D projects to cost savings—which means project practitioners will have to adjust. “When money is tight, companies tend to shut down projects that are long term. Project managers must be flexible and able to adjust to changes,” says Mr. Di Muoio.


Improve care, lower costs: That’s the imperative facing the private and public sectors of healthcare globally.

In the United States, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has opened up the health insurance marketplace to more competition, forcing insurance companies to reassess the way they attract and retain customers. The need to reduce costs, boost efficiencies and improve customer experience will be an important driver for private insurers in the coming year, according to CIO Insight. Project managers with strong IT skills will find opportunities in healthcare projects that use mobile devices, social media and data analytics to unify service across multiple channels.

As developed countries such as the United Kingdom face an aging population and changing government regulations, “healthcare companies are having to innovate at a rapid pace,” says Tracy Muttu, PMP, a senior consultant specializing in healthcare technology at Muttu Consulting LLC, London, England. “There are many independent companies working with the National Health Service to accomplish these goals.” And those companies are turning to project practitioners. Healthcare firms that provide services in electronic health records, system integration and workflow optimization all offer opportunities.

Projects that capture healthcare data and use it to improve healthcare delivery and lower operational costs need project managers with skills in software development life cycles, large-scale budgets and cross-functional projects. “Given the rapid pace of innovation in healthcare technology, change management skills are critical,” Ms. Muttu adds.

Mobile health (mHealth) applications top the list of industry trends. By 2017, mobile health services are expected to generate US$23 billion in revenue. “Creating innovative and secure ways for consumers to interact with healthcare providers using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones is a natural progression for the industry,” says Ms. Muttu.

The mHealth Alliance in Washington, D.C., USA and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation have funded 10 new projects through the Innovation Working Group catalytic grant program, which encourages the development of innovative mHealth projects. These 10 projects will be implemented across Africa and Asia in the areas of maternal-child health and women’s healthcare.

The Next Eleven economies—Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Turkey and Vietnam—also represent potential growth for privately funded healthcare projects. These countries’ expanding middle class is demanding better access to quality healthcare and driving a need for healthcare infrastructure projects to improve access and delivery, according to a 2013 Johns Hopkins Medicine statement. The International Finance Corporation, the world’s largest multilateral investor in private healthcare projects in emerging markets, is funding 86 emerging-market healthcare projects and has invested $US2.2 billion in similar healthcare projects in 53 countries.


Tech remains a powerful job engine with no signs of slowing. In the United States, technology outpaces all other industries in employment growth by three to one. Multinational IT corporations based in the United States are rapidly taking over smaller IT companies and expanding into emerging markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The IT industry has an insatiable thirst for growth, says Gustav Toppenberg, PMI-ACP, PMP, senior manager at IT company Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, California, USA. “We’re acquiring and integrating new companies at a rate of one every six weeks,” Mr. Toppenberg says. As the company takes on thousands of employees from various cultural backgrounds, it has a strong need for project managers with a standardized set of skills to undertake system reorganizations. “Project managers are key conduits for turning strategic vision into tangible results and outcomes,” Mr. Toppenberg says.

In such a highly matrixed and fast-paced environment, practitioners who want to be competitive must develop their skills in enterprise-architecture-led project management. “Being able to understand how a project fits into the big picture and go back to the original blueprint to determine the way forward is critical,” Mr. Toppenberg says.

Alfredo Zangara, PMP, a business architect in the platform engineering group at Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, Oregon, USA, likewise emphasizes big-picture thinking. “IT project managers need to be more adept at understanding the political culture and principles of the organization they work for,” he says. The ability to think and act strategically is especially important in an increasingly complex marketplace, where a business’ strategy needs to account for the established relationships and evolutionary dynamics in a broader ecosystem, Mr. Zangara says.


In the past decade, the growth of the global construction market has been shifting steadily away from developed economies to emerging markets—a trend that will only continue, according to 2013 Global Construction, published by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics.

By 2025, growth in the construction industry is expected to increase by more than 70 percent to US$15 trillion, and it will be concentrated in three countries: China, the United States and India. The United States has remained in the No. 2 spot among those three, but as a sign of the larger, ongoing shift, India has replaced Japan as No. 3. While Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines comprise a smaller (US$350 billion) construction market, it’s growing by more than 6 percent annually.

For project managers with construction experience, the job market in Asia is wide open. “Project management as a profession is not as mature in Asia as it is in developed markets,” says Mr. Woeppel. India, whose population growth has outpaced the growth of its infrastructure, predicts a shortage of 3 million professionals by 2022. The country needs as many as 1 million skilled project managers to fill gaps in large infrastructure projects that require high degrees of independence and complex regulatory compliance. “Highly qualified practitioners in Asia and India can really write their own ticket,” says Mr. Woeppel.

In developed countries, the jobs are concentrated in small pockets of economic growth. “Much of the U.K. housing market is still underwater,” says John Thorpe, managing director, Arras People, a project management recruitment and careers firm, London, England. General construction remains down, with projects primarily limited to luxury housing.


The regulatory reforms that followed in the wake of the economic crisis forced financial institutions to direct their efforts at compliance projects. Many of these organizations are now ready to look beyond the cleanup process and focus on growth, but doing so means bridging a talent gap. More than half of all financial-services CEOs said a shortage of key skills in the available labor pool posed a threat to future growth, according to a global PwC survey.

“Skill gaps exist on both ends of the hiring spectrum,” says Ed Bradstreet, president of search firm Bohan & Bradstreet, Guilford, Connecticut, USA. Basic skill development in the industry hasn’t kept pace with the recent uptick in regulatory reform and global compliance. Finance jobs in risk management now require candidates to have a four-year degree plus additional certifications as well as a proven track record in managing projects.

At the same time, CFOs and high-level project managers increasingly play a critical role in strategic decision-making and business operations for profit and loss, balance sheets and budget accountability. “Companies are demanding a closer connection to leadership among their financial professionals,” says Mr. Bradstreet.

High-level finance positions require not only solid project management skills but also strong business acumen and soft skills such as cultural competency, network building and the capacity to adapt and innovate in rapidly changing environments. “The ability to persuade and influence others, understand stakeholder values and negotiate for scarce resources is critical,” says Mr. Wasserman.

As Europe undergoes a period of reorganization, banks across the euro zone plan to downsize and restructure in order to increase profits in their core business lines and established markets, according to a McKinsey survey. Up to 725 business lines may be shut down, opening the door for new acquisitions by non-European banks and creating new openings for project managers who specialize in merger and acquisition projects.

Project possibilities will also arise in Shanghai, China, as its free-trade zone will test looser controls on the country’s financial market in an effort to sustain growth and integrate China’s economy with the global one. “Some of the most promising opportunities for project managers in China will likely be associated with the new Shanghai free-trade zone,” says Mr. Lainhart. The plan to re-envision China’s financial sector will also open up construction opportunities, as the 11-square-mile (29-square-kilometer) section of Shanghai’s Pudong district transforms from an industrial zone into a financial center.

Aerospace and Defense

Declines in U.S. and European government spending may signal turbulence ahead for public-sector aerospace and defense projects—but they also represent a need for project practitioners.

Defense companies have to operate more efficiently with smaller staffs and increasingly complex regulations, according to a PwC industry report. This environment is creating project practitioner jobs like the one held by Dan Schellinger, PMP, program manager for consulting firm Dynamics Research Corporation, Andover, Massachusetts, USA. Mr. Schellinger leads U.S. Department of Defense projects aimed at streamlining the movement of U.S. Air Force equipment, supplies and personnel around the globe.

“There’s a strong need in this industry for project managers who can understand the strategic vision of the organization, identify key projects and align them with those strategic goals,” Mr. Schellinger says. A program he manages at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, USA aims to reduce fuel costs—a top strategic priority for the military—by US$284 million over three years.

Meanwhile, the commercial aviation sector has seen modest gains driven by emerging markets. India remains one of the world’s fastest-growing aerospace and defense markets as its burgeoning middle class increases demand for domestic air travel. Large-scale projects such as the US$11 billion fifth-generation fighter jet contract, a joint project between the governments of India and Russia, have focused attention on large employers like Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. With India’s commitment to keeping manufacturing jobs at home, projects exist all the way down the supply chain in support of this and other commercial aviation projects in the country.

Project hot spots across the globe offer a wealth of job opportunities. United States

The U.S. healthcare sector has accounted for 13 percent of the country’s urban job growth during the economic recovery. Currently under construction, the US$1 billion Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas is the country’s largest healthcare construction project.


According to PMI’s Project Management Talent Gap Report, 582,366 new project management roles are projected to be needed by 2020.


The country’s 10-year energy plan aims to attract US$133 billion in investments and triple its renewable energy by 2020. Yet more than two-thirds of employers in Brazil report that they can’t find enough workers with the right skills. More than 1.3 million new project management roles are expected to be needed by 2020, according to PMI.

North Sea

Deep-sea oil drilling in the North Sea region was expected to create 50,000 new jobs in 2013 alone. By 2030, the North Sea will need 100,000 new workers with college degrees in finance and administration.


More than 1.6 million new project management roles are projected to be needed in the country by 2020, according to PMI’s talent report.


The US$100 billion Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor development project is India’s largest-ever infrastructure project. Nearly 9 million new project management roles are projected to be needed by 2020, according to PMI’s talent report.


China boasts the world’s largest high-speed rail system: 10,463 kilometers (6,501 miles) of tracks. With an annual investment of US$100 billion, the country plans to complete 18,000 kilometers (11,185 miles) of track by 2015 and 120,000 kilometers (74,565 miles) of high-speed rail by 2020. Nearly 25 million project management roles are projected to be created by 2020, according to PMI’s talent report.


Australia has three operating liquefied natural gas projects and seven more under construction, representing an investment of more than AU$200 billion. A corresponding labor shortage in Australia translates to higher salaries for project managers in that country. More than 375,000 new project management roles are projected to be needed by 2020, according to PMI.


According to PMI’s Project Management Talent Gap Report, 2.6 million new project management roles are expected to be created by 2020.

Top-Earning Countries

Across countries, roles and experience levels, project managers earn a median salary of US$88,399. Yet a project manager’s salary depends as much on postal code as it does on skill set. Here are the 10 countries with the highest median salary in U.S. dollars.

  1. Australia $134,658
  2. Switzerland $133,605
  3. United States $108,000
  4. Netherlands $103,274
  5. Germany $101,983
  6. Canada $95,140
  7. New Zealand $93,513
  8. Belgium $92,817
  9. Sweden $90,690
  10. United Kingdom $90,666

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How to Network If you are an Introvert

MIM Blog - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 15:43

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NETWORKING is a skill that’s critical for career advancement.

While talking to strangers and approaching new people are challenging for most people, those tasks can be especially difficult for introverts.

Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert and author of Poised for Success: Mastering The Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals, said that networking can be challenging for introverts because they are often better at listening than they are at making conversation with strangers.

“Introverts tend to do well in smaller, more intimate settings, where they know one or more people,” Whitmore told Business News Daily. “They can still be great networkers by listening and being inquisitive.”

To help introverts improve their networking skills, Ms Whitmore offered several tips:

Temper expectations: Introverts shouldn’t set unrealistic expectations for how many connections they need to make. Networking isn’t a numbers game, and it’s more about quality than quantity, Ms Whitmore said.

Plan ahead: It is important for introverts to prepare for their networking events. Whitmore suggested thinking of some good icebreakers, such as open-ended questions that can spur conversation. For instance, you could ask, “What’s your favourite part of your job?”

Set a departure time: Choosing when you’ll leave a networking event ahead of time often makes the situation far less intimidating. Ms Whitmore said that, many times, introverts will get comfortable in the environment quickly and stay longer than they anticipated.

Use mutual contacts: If there is a specific person you want to meet, find a common connection, to see if they can introduce you. Ms Whitmore said that rather than just approaching someone out of the blue, finding mutual acquaintances helps make a stronger relationship.

Use your listening skills: Introverts often have a leg up on others at networking events because they are usually such good listeners. Those listening skills often help introverts stand out as people who value others, which can give event attendees more of a reason to remember them, Ms Whitmore said.

Get personal: Whitmore said that asking multiple questions without ever sharing any information about yourself can make people feel as if they’re being interrogated. Conversations should be a two-way street. She advises introverts to share personal information about themselves as a way to help others remember them once the event is over.

Practice: Introverts who are nervous about networking should challenge themselves with no-risk or low-risk situations. Ms Whitmore encouraged them to drive to an event in a town other than their own, where they won’t know anyone, as a way to practice their networking skills. She said this provides them with an opportunity to experiment with new conversations or stories.

Take baby steps: Not all networking needs to take place at a specific “networking” event. Whitmore advised introverts to take advantage of everyday situations, such as casually socialising with colleagues around the office or inviting a different co-worker to lunch each week.

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Job Interview Follow-Up Formula

MIM Blog - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 15:36

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Project management job candidates would be wise to put as much effort into post-interview communication as they do into the interview itself. In a 2013 CareerBuilder survey of U.S. workers, 60 percent of applicants said they never heard back after a job interview. How to skirt that stat: follow-up communication that’s well-timed and on-point.

Whether you send a hand-written note or an email, keep the message concise and formal. Start with a brief interview recap, integrating points you covered in the interview, says Mary Hurlock-Murphy, London, England-based U.K. and international talent acquisition director at DigitasLBi, a global marketing and technology agency.

“Tell them thank you, but also let them know how excited and interested you are in the opportunity,” says Candice D’Arcangeli, Edina, Minnesota, USA-based IT and project management recruiter at Experis, a global resourcing consultancy. Send your first follow-up within a week of the interview.

If you don’t hear back from the hiring manager, send another email in two weeks — but keep it succinct, says Ms. D’Arcangeli. She recommends including one or two referrals. These should be individuals with whom you have worked closely and regularly on significant projects. “A stakeholder is going to be a better reference than a director or a team member,” she says.

Sending a third follow-up email isn’t an automatic move — only send it if the hiring manager has asked you to follow-up after a certain period of time. “Sending too many emails is a huge mistake for the simple reason that it’s annoying,” says Cherrie Ann Daria Joseph, PMI-RMP, PMP, PgMP, change manager, Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. “I’ve served on interview panels, and feeling like you’re being harassed turns you off to the applicant very quickly.”

Remember that you’ve already made your case and offered references. This email should simply ask about the status of your application. “Remind the hiring manager that you were asked to follow up,” says Ms. Joseph. “Two or three sentences total should be fine.”

Being proactive after an interview and having the right follow-up conversations can make the difference between a lengthy job search and sealing the deal on a new position.

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Landing the Informational Interview

MIM Blog - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 15:27

Project managers can get their foot in the door of an organization — and score insights about practitioners’ responsibilities — with an informational interview. But landing one depends on who you know and how you approach them.

The following PDF file illustration the decision tree would help you navigate the process.

Landing the Information Interview

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Launched! Re-Envisioning the MLS

Blog - MLS - Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:00

On Monday, October 20, the iSchool hosted its first discussion event as part of our three-year Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative. Led by iSchool faculty members Paul Jaeger and John Bertot (co-directors of iPAC), the Defining the MLS: History, Origins, and Foundations focused on the history, professionalization, and values of the librarianship as defined through the formalization of Library and Information Science education with the Master of Library Science (or variants) degree.

The session particularly sought to engage the iSchool community in a discussion regarding the historical, current, and future roles of information professionals and cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums, others) in a changing and dynamic economic, social, community, information, technology, and policy context. Online and in-person participants offered a range of insights, including the need for:

  • Community engagement;
  • Partnerships to meet increasingly complex community needs;
  • More policy-savvy information professionals;
  • More cross-field learning in areas such as marketing, public policy, education/learning technologies, social work, information technology/systems; and
  • More of an international perspective on information, policy, and best practices.

The archive of the session is available at: We welcome your comments as we continue to Re-Envision the MLS.

Next up (November 6, 2014): Burn the Libraries Free the Librarians

Co-sponsored by iPAC and the iSchool, Dr. R. David (Dave) Lankes discusses: The days when there was a single model for a library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the library is a storehouse of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off to the side of the mission of a community is gone. What’s left: the centrality of librarians in meeting the needs and aspirations of the community. This presentation presents a librarianship unencumbered by buildings or a fealty to traditions. It talks about librarians as facilitators of knowledge creation in libraries, and offices, and schools, and classrooms, and the wide reaches of the Internet.

When: Thursday, November 6, 4:30-5:30pm (EST; reception to follow)
Where: McKeldin Special Events Room, 6137 or online via Adobe Connect at
RSVP: Please RSVP at

R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, the Harvard School of Education, and the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. More information on Lankes is available at

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Experience Architect with Echo & Co. – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:14

Experience Architect

We are looking for an Experience Architect with a strong background in information architecture and content strategy to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will have professional and academic experience in content strategy, information architecture, journalism, copywriting, content production, marketing, strategic communication library sciences, human factors, business, or a related field.

The Experience Architect is responsible for delivering user experience, information architecture, content strategy, and user/usability research solutions for new and existing Echo & Co. clients, products, and services. This includes leading the definition, design, and documentation of user experience and content strategy requirements for delivering web development projects, online strategies, engagement campaigns, and outreach efforts. The Experience Architect position is located in Washington, D.C., and reports to the Director of User Experience.


  • Provide subject matter expertise and strategic consulting for projects and clients to ensure insights-driven, optimal and consistent user experience, information architecture, and content strategy. The Experience Architect is responsible for leading requirements gathering and the definition of user experience strategies and approaches for clients, including overseeing user interface and interaction design specifications, executing user and usability research, content strategy formulation and articulation, development of content and information architectures, and definition of content management system and functional specifications for clients.
  • Participate on project teams as a subject matter expert and discipline lead on user experience, content strategy, information architecture, user/usability research, and user interface and interaction design, collaborating with the project manager, software architects, and creative designers.
  • Support the Director of User Experience in establishing an insights- and best-practices driven user experience discipline at the firm to evangelize a user-centric, content-focused value proposition that leverages user experience at all levels of the client lifecycle, including assessment and strategy development, creative design, technology integration, and ongoing management and consulting.
  • Adhere to internal quality assurance processes to ensure that all experience practice-specific deliverables meet the firm’s standards for excellence. Assist the Director of User Experience in developing these standards.
  • Work with portfolio of Echo & Co. clients, strategy architects, project managers, creative designers, software architects, technical developers, contractors, and third-party providers through all aspects of the client lifecycle, including assessment and strategy development, technical integration, and ongoing service and support.
  • Support project managers and project principals in maintaining and strengthening high-level client relationships by working with client stakeholders.
  • Participate in the business development process by assisting the Director of User Experience in cultivating and executing upsell opportunities on new and existing leads, working on scopes and estimates, reviewing proposals and statements of work, and evaluating RFPs or work orders.
  • Conduct usability research and evaluation to support proposals and projects.


  • At least 5-7 years of experience of interactive projects from the agency side, with a focus in requirements analysis, specification development, user experience design, and implementation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic consulting, content strategy, information architecture, user experience architecture, and user/usability research.
  • Success in leading client engagements and nurturing client relationships; experience in strategic advising of client stakeholders, including executives; able to assist client organizations in managing project and organizational change.
  • Previous experience leading teams is required. Working closely with multiple Business, Development, and Operational teams throughout the project lifecycle, candidate must have proven experience in experience design, requirements analysis and documentation, leadership, and bringing world-class interactive experiences to market.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and leverage requirements assets such as use cases, user stories, process flows, wireframes, prototypes, content strategies, and presentations is required. The ideal candidate will possess strong technical acumen, ideally with understanding of digital content publishing architecture, development principles, and web technologies. Knowledge across many functional areas, including product management, business development, software architecture, user interface design, and marketing as well as a comprehensive knowledge of operational systems such as ad sales, lead generation, and billing is required.
  • Must be a dynamic team leader, strong communicator, and proactive decision-maker within a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to think strategically and work independently.
  • Direct, assertive, eager, and ready for the challenge.
  • Must possess excellent user experience, strategic thinking, and analytical skills, and be able to provide leadership and strategic direction to account teams and the firm as a whole.
  • Must be trustworthy and sincere, with a “roll up your sleeves” work style.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities effectively.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems at both strategic and tactical (functional) levels.
  • Understanding of and comfort with internet technology and web development tools and processes.
  • Understanding of online organizing, advocacy, fundraising, and engagement strategies and best practices.
  • Must be active in the user experience professional field and have an understanding of industry best practices and trends.
  • Must have a social good orientation with an interest in working for mission-driven clients, including progressive nonprofit organizations, socially responsible enterprises, government agencies, and multinational institutions that seek to make positive change.
  • Must thrive in an environment that promotes change, embraces innovation, and runs on teamwork.
  • Willingness and availability to travel occasionally for job-related activities.

Echo & Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.



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On-Campus Diwali Celebration

MIM Blog - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 11:38


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Library Technician II at Universities at Shady Grove – Rockville, MD

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:44

Library Technician II – 115596
Basic Information

Employment Category:

Position Title:
Library Technician II

Open Date:
October 10, 2014 (All day)

Close Date:
October 24, 2014 (All day)

The Universities at Shady Grove

Priddy Library


Employment Type:
Full-time (Nonexempt,Regular)

Duties and responsibilities

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland (USMAI) located in Montgomery County, Maryland. USG is a partnership campus—a consortium of 9 USM institutions that offers over 80 upper level baccalaureate and graduate degrees. The service region is a diverse, highly populated economic center of the state, with a large concentration of federal agencies and technology companies, especially in the biotechnology fields. USG currently enrolls approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and plans to expand to 7,500 students over the next years. USG is administered by the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) campus which provides support for on-site academic and management services. The Priddy Library is jointly administered by USG and the UMD Libraries as an off-site branch library.

An agreement, signed in 2007 between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and USG, merged the MCPS Professional Library with the USG Priddy Library to provide enhanced educational resource services to administrators, teachers and staff of MCPS and to the faculty, staff and students of USG

NATURE OF WORK: The candidate is responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of services to MCPS patrons. Responsibilities also include reference, instructing customers in the use of the library catalog and databases, and other assistance that may be needed for USG patrons.


Minimum Qualifications:
High School Diploma or GED AND three years experience directly related to the primary duties of the position.

Bachelor’s degree preferred. MLS students preferred.

Two or more years work experience in library or office environment.

Ability to set and adjust priorities and be creative in analyzing work flow, to respond to constantly shifting work demands.

Ability to interact with students, patrons and staff in a courteous and efficient manner.

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and execute complicated and continuing assignments without instruction.

General knowledge of and skill in the use of Microsoft and other computer applications, online searching database.

Strong written and verbal communications skills and attention to detail are essential.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit:

Best Consideration Date: October 24, 2014

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Associate at American Federation of Teachers – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:42
Job Title: Associate Unit: AFTSU Job Number: AOF-58-31-1014-N

(Replaces #AOF-58-22-0814-N) Supervisor: Manager, Research & Strategic Initiatives Department: Research & Strategic Initiatives Annual Salary $63,825.94         Special Note: AFT seeks a collaborative, innovative and service oriented individual to administer an information system and assess and develop reference, research and online services available through the AFT Library.  In addition, the strategic research associate position located in the Research and Strategic Initiatives department will have responsibility for acquiring and maintaining information to support the work of AFT leaders, affiliates and staff.         Position Summary: The strategic research associate will work under the direct supervision of the department manager or designee to facilitate and oversee the various functions of the AFT Library. The Associate will lead a cross departmental advisory taskforce to ensure that the AFT Library is meeting the needs of AFT leaders, affiliates and staff.  A major responsibility of the position will be to redesign the library into an information hub providing current and pertinent resources  to AFT leaders and staff that are easily accessible.  S/he will have responsibility to establish and expand contacts with relevant government and private organizations to obtain data and information, and develop contacts within organized labor to obtain and share information to advance the status of all workers and the unions that represent them.      

  • Redesign the delivery of information services to AFT leaders, affiliates and staff.
  • Maintain currency with trends in library systems and play a major role in planning

implementing and training for the introduction of new library technologies.

  • Serve as the lead on the cross departmental advisory taskforce on the AFT Library.
  • Manage and implement and provide technical support for library software and systems.
  • Develop training and resources to guide and support use of the Library for AFT departments.
    Position Responsibilities:
  • Provide assistance, support and training on the Library and the use of purchased databases for staff as needed.
  • Acquire and maintain data that informs AFT on news and developments that impact our members and enables staff and affiliates to track changes affecting our union and its members .
  • Assist staff and affiliates with access to online databases, subscriptions, and services including journals, reports and relevant publications.
  • Review the relevant news of the day and produce strategic summaries.
  • Assist RSI staff with materials and information needed for meetings and conferences.
  • Assist in the development and preparation of data analysis and presentations for AFT staff as needed.
  • Support the work of the RSI researcher’s workgroup.
  • Serve as department representative at meetings and conferences as needed.
  • Minimal travel.
        Primary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of libraries.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to and manage a team in a changing environment.
  • Knowledge of  library software, systems and applications.
  • Ability to maintain currency with trends in library systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to view issues from an organization-wide perspective.
  • Good communication skills including both written and oral.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research on issues and to evaluate research for use by affiliates and staff in representing members.
  • Knowledge of Bureau of Labor online resources and familiarity with federal and state department of education websites.
  • Working knowledge of economic databases such as Moody’s analytics,, EMSI, ERI, as well as Excel and other statistical analysis tools to conduct analyses and prepare reports.
    Secondary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Prior work experience in a union environment is preferred.
  • Familiarity with AFT and/or its affiliates is considered a plus.
        Application requirements: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the director of human resources or via email to Please reference posting # AOF-58-31-1014-N.         Internal Posting Period: Internal posting period expires November 4, 2014.  External applicants may be considered as of, November 5, 2014.


cc:  Alisha Ashley, AFTSU President

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