Outreach and Access Coordinator (NNLM Region 5)

Seattle, WA


Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) has an outstanding opportunity for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual for the position of Outreach & Access Coordinator in the Regional Medical Library (RML) for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5.

Anticipated start date is November/December 2022. The goal of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public’s health by providing U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data. The RML is funded by a 5-year cooperative agreement between the University of Washington and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).


The incumbent will be part of a collaborative team delivering outreach and educational programming, in addition to supporting other services of the NNLM Region 5, to promote access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific. As a core position in the RML, the Outreach & Access Coordinator develops and implements outreach to increase health and digital literacy skills and access to quality health information, using National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services, for all audiences, including health professionals, medical librarians, public librarians, community colleges libraries, minority serving institutions with programs in the health sciences, and state or regional professional associations.

The RML at University of Washington works in collaboration with other RML programs, national and regional partners, the NNLM Training Office, the NNLM Evaluation Center, the NNLM National Center for Data Services, the National Public Health Information Office, the National Web Services Office, and the Office of Engagement and Training headquartered at the NLM.


Planning, development and implementation:

  • Works collaboratively with NNLM Region 5 colleagues to identify and deliver appropriate training and presentations about NLM resources and tools for NNLM target audiences including health professionals, public health workforce, and librarians.
  • Exhibits at regional and local conferences and meetings reaching NNLM target populations; attends state and regional health sciences meetings to provide NLM resource updates.
  • Plans, conducts, and promotes initiatives to increase awareness about health topics and health information trends and issues.
  • Participates in trans-NNLM committees and working groups to cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to serving the biomedical and health information needs of researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public in communities across the U.S.
  • Serve as ex-officio on the Access and Outreach subcommittee of the Region 5 Executive Committee.

Communications and reporting:

  • Promotes the NNLM funding program, provides information and fields questions for interested applicants.
  • Contributes articles to the Region 5 blog and maintains/updates sections of the nnlm.gov/region5 webpages.
  • Reports annually to NLM using performance measures defined by the National Network Steering Committee of the NNLM, and reporting objectives accomplished during the reporting period; develop and submit outreach objectives for the coming year.
  • Maintains current awareness of trends in health information programming, health literacy, and healthcare by reading professional literature, participating in professional organizations and committees, and attending workshops, institutes, seminars, and conferences.
  • Works collaboratively with the National Training Office and other NNLM regions to share information and mitigate duplication of effort.
  • Understands and abides by the Libraries Personal Communication Responsibilities. Communicates appropriately, effectively, and positively. Plays an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities, and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Librarianship, communications or related field.
  • 1-2 years of experience creating and delivering interactive educational classes or resources.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a broad community of faculty, NNLM members, healthcare professionals, other NNLM staff, and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience working with individuals from different cultural, ethnic, geographic, and experiential backgrounds.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage your own work, perform well under pressure, and meet deadlines while ensuring acute attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to articulate and convey relevant and clear information about timely healthcare topics and resources through writing and public speaking.
  • Proficiency in Web-based applications for online education.
  • Willingness to travel.


  • Professional level experience working in a library or communication office.
  • Experience leading projects, special events, and webinars. 
  • Familiarity with current trends in evidence-based medicine and health sciences librarianship.
  • Experience providing outreach services, both in-person and remotely, across a broad geographic area.
  • Experience with DOCLINE, Confluence, and JIRA
  • Proficiency in Zoom and Teams.


Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.


Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

  • There are periodic needs to work outside regular business hours for travel to regional and national meetings, and to meet external NIH deadlines for reporting.
  • Must be able to travel efficiently and effectively to worksites as needed
  • This position has been certified for representation by SEIU 925.  Agreements between UW and SEIU may result in changes in the terms and conditions of your employment, including the title of your appointment.