Director For Digital Library Development & Systems

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Created: February 23, 2015


The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The mission of Digital Library Development and Systems (DLDS) is to provide reliable, sustainable support to a complex organization dependent on the quality of IT performance. Its mandate includes systems infrastructure, a portfolio of enterprise services, and resources critical to digital projects, which together are the foundation for many Library programs serving teaching, research and learning, collection building, content curation, and a host of internal business processes. As the principal architect of this foundation, the Director for Digital Library Development and Systems effectively manages a wide range of relationships, with Library clientele foremost, followed by leaders in IT and academic support at Penn, Penn’s institutional partners, and the library vendor community.
Reporting to the Director for Strategic Initiatives and Technology Services, the Director for Digital Library Development and Systems (DLDS) is a principal voice in IT strategy, sharing knowledge with staff, and providing strategic intelligence, and good judgment to planning and policy formation. The Director executes strategic IT decisions for the enterprise, and is the front-line leader of day-to-day operations, the DLDS service portfolio, staff, all in support of the aspirations and strategic goals of the Penn Libraries. DLDS operations are broad, ranging from computing and data infrastructure to applications design, digital development, software life-cycle management, and technology support for enterprise services, such as the Integrated Library System, the Expertise@Penn researcher service, and the Library data warehousing platform, MetriDoc. The Director serves as a key liaison between the Penn Libraries and Penn’s central Information Systems and Computing (ISC) unit as well as with other technology operations on campus and institutional partners on the national scene. The Director also serves as a member of the Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries’ Administrative Council.
Bachelor’s degree in computer science or information science and a minimum of six years of progressively responsible and productive experience in information technology, including substantial experience leading and managing information technology staff at all levels, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

An additional graduate degree (MIS, MLS, or MS in computer science) preferred. A record of leadership that promotes teamwork and project development and completion (on time and on budget!); a deep understanding of information technologies and their application in a research library environment and the ability to effectively communicate complex technical issues to a diverse set of stakeholders. Must have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team, as well as possess a commitment to providing strong and consistent customer service. Demonstrated effective communication and management skills are prerequisites for success.

Experience working in an academic research library, library consortium, in the vendor community that supports research libraries, or in a higher education situation preferred, but not required.
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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Published: Monday, February 23, 2015 21:16 UTC

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