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Reference & Collection Development Assistant

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

The Boston College Libraries seeks a Collection Development/Reference Assistant to join the collaborative team at the Theology and Ministry Library (TML). We're looking for someone who is enthusiastic about supporting students, and interested in theological library collections and research.

Working Hours
During the regular academic year, this is a Tuesday - Saturday position as follows:
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm

NOTE: Hours will vary during summer and University breaks.

Staffs the Reference Desk, providing basic research assistance to library users.
Coordinates serials-related activities, including: receiving, checking-in, claiming (if necessary), and displaying of new journal issues; shifting journals from the Reading Room to the bound journals stacks according to schedule; and, should serials binding resume post-pandemic, managing all aspects of serials binding.
Works closely with New Testament Abstracts (NTA) editorial staff to maintain smooth workflows for journal donation, acquisition, and use, and in the processing of monograph donations.
Supervises student employees and oversees Access Services on Saturdays during the regular academic year.
Purchases library collection materials with assigned purchasing card (P-Card) and conducts initial P-Card monthly reconciliation with related bank statement.
Collaborates with other staff on social media outreach activities, assisting with the coordination of posts and planning thematic content development.
Corresponds with students, faculty, and staff of the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and St. John's Seminary (SJS) in matters related to research support and the library's collections.
Develops book displays, web-based research guides, and other resources to highlight the library's collection.
Reports to the Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer at the TML.

Boston College Libraries operate in accordance with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion values statement (, which is central to our mission. We acknowledge historical, structural, and systemic injustices and are actively working to build a culture that recognizes, values, and empowers all people and provides space for discourse and growth. We expect applicants for this position to demonstrate a commitment to sustaining a respectful, accountable, and intentionally inclusive culture.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $38,700 to $48,400; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


Bachelor's degree preferred
Proficiency in the use of library and social media technologies
Good understanding of library classification systems
Familiarity with basic theological vocabulary
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
At least one year of prior work experience in an academic library
Demonstrated customer focus
Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace
Proven ability to function within a team environment

If you feel that you meet some but not all the requirements, don't let a confidence gap stop you from applying. Sometimes a list of qualifications can miss the elements that would most strengthen our team; we value the many different skills which make all of us unique.
To apply, please submit both a resume and cover letter

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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