Head of Web & Emerging Technologies

Coral Gables
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Created: January 3, 2011


Please excuse the cross-posting. This Department Head position is a reworking of a previously posted vacancy. -----------

The University of Miami Libraries seeks a creative, innovative individual to provide leadership, direction, and technical expertise in the design, development, and implementation of the Libraries' web presence and promote user-centered interfaces, technologies, resources, and services designed to enhance the user experience.

POSITION: Reporting to the Director for Information Management & Systems, the Head of Web & Emerging Technologies provides leadership, direction, and technical expertise in the design, development, and implementation of the Libraries' web presence and promotes user-centered interfaces, technologies, resources, and services designed to enhance the user experience. The Web & Emerging Technologies Department works in close collaboration with Systems and Digital Programs and Scholarship staff, stake-holders and unit-level managers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


* Provides leadership, direction and technical expertise to design, develop, maintain, and evaluate the Libraries' web and mobile presence for all services, content, and interfaces * Conceptualizes and determines technologies and design in the delivery of user-centered library services, integrating third party and open source web applications and products as appropriate. * Administers Drupal content management system and develops, evaluates, and implements modules, themes, and templates and other tools to manage web services and facilitate web authoring by non-technical staff. * Develops and recommends policies, standards, and guidelines for web content development, implementation, and management in collaboration with Library and University stakeholders. * Monitors and evaluates web services usage statistics; Oversees usability of all user interfaces and web design and develops assessment strategies to provide a superior experience for all users. * Supervises and mentors of Web & Emerging Technologies staff, which currently includes the Web Administrator, Digital Technologies Programmer, Web Applications Programmer, and student assistants. Service

* Networks, collaborates and actively participates in local, regional, national, or international organizations regarding related issues. * Represents and promotes the University of Miami Libraries in local, state-wide, regional, national, or international organizations as appropriate. * Serves as the Library representative on University web committees and task forces and is an ex-officio member of the Libraries' Student Advisory; participates in other Library and University committees, etc. as appropriate.


Required: * Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited program or foreign equivalent. * Three to five years demonstrated experience with web and database development & design in an academic environment using standards-based, user-centered information architecture. * Experience creating/maintaining web sites with relevant standards and technologies, including demonstrated proficiency in PHP programming, CSS, SQL, and Javascript. * Demonstrated experience with current trends and issues in public computing, web technologies, digital media, and quantitative and qualitative usability assessment. * Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently, collaboratively, and in teams within the Library and University Web communities. * Demonstrated project management, organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills. * Demonstrated effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. * Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library service and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast-paced environment with a culturally diverse population. * Evidence of continued professional development, involvement, and contribution.


* Supervisory experience

* Working knowledge of web content management systems [Drupal preferred] and relational databases. * Familiarity with digital media technology and providing access to digitized audio, video and images.

* Experience with the implementation of APIs/Web services, and/or mobile interface design * Understanding of information seeking behaviors in an academic research environment

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a non-tenure track faculty appointment at the Librarian Assistant/Associate Professor rank. The position offers a comprehensive benefits package including: TIAA-CREF; medical and dental insurance; life, disability, and long-term care insurance available; tuition remission; 13 paid holidays; and 22 days annual vacation. Additional employment benefits available include credit union; Employee Assistance Program; bookstore, and sporting event discounts; optional fee-based membership in a state-of-the-art wellness center, and no state or local income taxes. More information on benefits can be found at: http://www.miami.edu/benefits/pdf/bensum-faculty06.pdf.

APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications and nominations will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. Applications should be submitted electronically and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references. The references will not be contacted before the appropriate time. Send nominations and applications to:

Marylen Exposito, Human Resources Manager Otto G. Richter Library University of Miami P.O. Box 248214 Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320 e-mail: richter.recruiting@miami.edu<mailto:richter.recruiting@miami.edu>

UNIVERSITY: The University of Miami is one of the nation's leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality. The University is privately supported, non-sectarian institution, located in Coral Gables, Florida, on a 260-acre subtropical campus. The University comprises 11 degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Marine and Atmospheric Science (www.miami.edu<http://www.miami.edu>).

THE LIBRARY: The University of Miami Libraries (www.library.miami.edu<http://www.library.miami.edu>) rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America with a collection of over 3.3 million volumes and 80,830 current serials titles, including 76,840 electronic journals. The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the heart of the Coral Gables campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The University also has independent medical and law libraries. The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,368 undergraduates, 5,289 graduate students, and 13,464 full and part time faculty and staff. Excluding the independent libraries, the University Libraries employ 56 professional and 90 support staff and are a member of ARL, ASERL, CLIR, NERL, RLG, and Lyrasis.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.


Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 09:56 UTC

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