Head, Applications Development and Support

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Created: August 22, 2012


The Ohio State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Head,
Applications Development and Support to lead the identification, development and integration of
emergent software applications and technology services that advance the mission and activities of the Libraries. The successful candidate will lead collaboratively and consultatively within the Libraries’ Information Technology Division, as well as across other areas of the Libraries, to articulate and implement a cohesive and extensible suite of access, discovery, preservation, curation, security, and repository services. 

The Applications Development and Support unit collaboratively develops strategies, and plans,
implements, and supports projects to advance the creation and integration of innovative library
software application services and systems for all areas of the Libraries.  This position reports to the
Associate Director for Information Technology, as part of the division that provides digital library
services, web applications, information management, discovery systems, and technical infrastructure. 

  • Provides creative leadership, management and supervision for the Web Implementation Team and the Integrated Library Management Systems (ILMS) Team. These teams have overall responsibility for the Libraries’ websites, web applications (both locally implemented external systems and internally developed systems), the integrated library management system (III Millennium/Sierra) and associated products, and other systems such as DSpace, Open Journals System (OJS), and WorldCat@OSU.
  • Collaborates within the Libraries’ Information Technology Division to research, articulate, plan, implement, and support an evolving and innovative applications, systems and services environment that supports the Libraries’ strategic directions, with ongoing input from key stakeholders throughout the organization.
  • Leads in the development and implementation of strategies, standards, and procedures regarding the development, integration, and support of library business functions, public access and discovery systems.
  • Leads cross-unit projects, expedites their completion, and creates documentation for projectrelated activities.  Acts as a liaison for projects with other teams within the Libraries and/or other campus groups, as appropriate.
  • Transforms library application systems through an iterative, data-informed, and test driven process that ensures performance, sustainability, and usability.
  • Continually identifies and assesses trends and implements emerging technologies that strategically advance the Libraries’ mission.
  • Works collegially with all personnel to achieve the Library’s mission and strategic goals. Participates actively in library-wide initiatives and serves on committees, project teams, and task forces. 
  • Contributes to developments in the field of library technology through active professional engagement in appropriate venues. 
  • Responds to evening, weekend, and holiday emergency service calls, or during emergencies/ disasters, as needed.

Qualifications (Required)
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field.
  • Minimum three years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in a technical setting, including planning and allocating of resources in a multi-system / multi-project software applications environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently, as well as collaboratively, plan, coordinate, develop, and implement innovative  web and other software applications projects, including managing multiple and simultaneous initiatives.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative problem solving and working across organizational boundaries. 
  • Experience with current web and information systems architectures, technologies, standards, platforms, and products. 
  • Experience developing or implementing open source software and frameworks.
  • Knowledge and understanding of emergent and best practices, standards, issues and trends relating to software applications and systems in the academic environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to professional development.

Qualifications (Desired)
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in managing systems and software applications development in an academic or large public institution.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change, and identify and implement new technologies, services, and work methods; ability to learn and evaluate new technologies quickly.
  • Competency in analysis, budgeting and planning, assessment and evaluation, and service management.
  • Experience managing the software application development lifecycle.
  • Experience managing an integrated library system, discovery tool, and/or other large scale academic enterprise system.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current information technology standards and developments in libraries and higher education.
  • Working knowledge of, and experience with, a wide variety of media including text, music, still images, audio and video.
  • Knowledge of data and metadata standards prevalent in libraries.
Salary $60,000-75,000

The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 vacation, 15 sick, and 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, and vision. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see: http://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fsbensummaryreg.pdf.

For more detailed position information, please visit http://library.osu.edu/about/jobs/staff/.  Please apply online at https://www.jobsatosu.com under university title Systems Manager – NSAP from August 4 through September 2, 2012. Contact Greg Newman, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-247-8887, newman.25@osu.edu

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