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Senior Director of Library and Information Services

Alice L. Walton School of Medicine (AWSOM) is seeking experienced, motivated, and dedicated leaders and educators to participate in the design and delivery of an innovative four-year medical school curriculum that engages medical students in active and novel approaches to learning.

Founded in 2021 by philanthropist Alice Walton, the School of Medicine, (formerly named Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences), will offer a four-year, medical degree-granting program that integrates conventional medicine with whole-person principles and self-care practices. Taught by leading medical practitioners and scientific minds, this first-of-its-kind medical school will help students rise to the health challenges of the 21st century with a focus on mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health and will include an attached clinic for clinical training in these concepts. The School of Medicine filed its request for applicant status with Liaison Committee Medical Education in July 2022.

Currently in the design development phase, construction of the 154,000 square-foot building will begin in Spring 2023, with the goal of welcoming the first class to the completed building in Fall 2025, pending accreditation. AWSOM will be located east of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas and connected through the trails to its sister organization, Whole Health Institute.

What We Seek

We are building a cadre of medical professionals trained in conventional medicine and Whole Health who are excited about reimagining medical education. We are building a health care learning and delivery environment in which diversity is a strength and highly valued and seek candidates who contribute to diversity in all its forms. Ideal candidates are committed to our goals of inclusive excellence and to facilitating optimal health for all using a whole health approach.

Faculty and staff members will contribute to the development and rollout of the ARCHES curriculum, which is built on evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. It includes the following six core elements:

  • Art of Healing
  • Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
  • Clinical Care
  • Health Systems Sciences
  • Embracing Whole Health
  • Science of Medicine

All six areas of the curriculum will be interwoven throughout the four-years of training.

About the Position

The Director of Library and Information Services (LIS) will have the unique opportunity to build an academic medical library from the ground up.  This will include procuring library holdings, hiring and supervising the LIS team, and assisting with the design and teaching of the medical school research and health informatics curricula, among other areas.  The Director will ensure that all members of the student body, faculty, staff, have ready access and support when it comes to gathering and using reliable, up-to-date, and evidence-based information related to all aspects of medicine, medical education, and the various elements of whole health.  The Director of LIS will report to the Vice Dean for Education, Dr. Adam Rindfleisch.

Position Responsibilities

Skills Expected of All AWSOM Team Members

  • Communicator: Exemplary written, verbal, and other communication skills
  • Flexible: Able to adapt to the needs of the position and the school
  • Collaborative: Build and maintain relationships internal and external to the organization
  • Commitment to Whole Health: Demonstrated strong commitment to self-care
  • Creative and Open-Minded: Enjoy exploring and supporting innovation in teaching strategies, topic areas, professional growth opportunities, and more
  • Discerning: Ability to recognize and support innovation
  • Motivated: Highly self-directed, and reliable and accountable
  • Committed to Diversity and Inclusion: Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders (e.g., co-workers, students, community members)
  • Mentor: Ability to effectively mentor a diversity of individuals
  • Life-Long Learner: Committed to meeting and maintaining professional development requirements related to this role
  • Support AWSOM’s mission, vision, and values.



  • ALA accredited Master’s degree in library/information science, or other relevant advanced degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive and effective administrative responsibility in research or clinical library, including management of personnel and financial resources
  • Demonstrated skills in providing research services or support, including database searching and formulating search strategies
  • Experience with health sciences libraries and the needs of health sciences academic centers, professional programs, and health sciences research
  • Demonstrated initiative and flexibility to adapting to the varied needs of a startup institution
  • Exceptional attunement to detail
  • Strong teaching skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience with writing for publication


  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in a field related to life or health sciences
  • Seven or more years of library experience
  • Teaching experience specifically in a medical setting, including with health professionals who write for publication
  • Strong background in evidence-based medicine education
  • Work or educational experience with advanced/expert literature search techniques or systematic review development
  • Background in statistical and research methods
  • Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals at the Senior or Distinguished level
  • Experience in securing donor and grant funding


Salary Information: $90,000-$140,000

Application Information

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Applicants should submit the following materials:

  • Letter of interest highlighting essential qualifications and interests
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • Diversity statement

Two ways to submit materials:

  1. via LinkedIn – NOTE: LinkedIn only allows one file per applicant; please include all relevant information in one Word document, then save and upload one PDF
  2. via Email: recruiting@alwmed.orgMUST USE Subject Heading Director Library

Review of Applications Begins January 20, 2023

Positions Open Until Filled

The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

 All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. AWSOM requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, subject to accommodations. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.




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