Technology Director

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Created: March 13, 2015


Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library in Portland seeks a creative, dynamic, and innovative Technology Director.

OHSU is the state's only comprehensive academic health center and is made up of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing; College of Pharmacy; numerous centers and institutes; OHSU Healthcare; and related programs. The OHSU Library, the largest health sciences library in Oregon, serves the faculty, staff, and students of OHSU, as well as health professionals and residents of the State of Oregon. Library staff provide services in support of teaching, research, patient care, and outreach. An active participant in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Library is implementing the consortium’s ambitious strategic agenda to push boundaries, change the landscape, and inspire the profession.

Digital initiatives are a major priority of the Library, which is migrating most library systems to cloud-based solutions. The Technology Director will represent the Library in campus and regional partnerships, manage and support technology projects, and directly implement solutions. As the lead of a small team that collaborates with many partners, the Technology Director’s duties will range from liaising with stakeholders to coding new search applications, from managing staff to integrating content with linked data and semantic technologies. This new position reflects the Library’s investment in developing and using technology to deliver services, facilitate research, and improve education.

Current initiatives in which the Technology Director could play a role include development of semantic technologies for rare disease diagnostics; development of search tools to query local and external data stores for translational research; digital asset management in support of research, teaching, archives, and strategic communications; delivery of knowledge management tools in electronic health records for clinical education and patient care; publication of archival public health data for use in modern field research; and data management services to facilitate sharing and reproducibility.

Position Description:

Reporting to the University Librarian, the Technology Director provides leadership, vision, and management for the Library’s digital initiatives. This position leads technical development efforts including integration of systems, development of new applications, and implementations to support infrastructure, software, and services. The Technology Director extends Library technologies in joint projects with campus (e.g. Information Technology Group, Teaching and Learning Center) and regional partners (e.g. Orbis Cascade Alliance). As a member of the library leadership team, this position takes an active part in strategic planning; sets goals and objectives; serves on the Library Council that includes representatives from management, professional, and classified staff; supervises the Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian, two Systems/Applications Analysts, the Web Manager, and a Library Technician; and collaborates with Library, campus, community, and regional partners on technology solutions to serve the OHSU education, research, and clinical communities, and residents of the State of Oregon. As a member of the Library Faculty, the Technology Director participates in planning, policy formation, and decision-making relating to health sciences services, collections, and technologies. This position requires scholarship and service that contributes to the effectiveness of the Library, the University, and the profession.

Required Qualifications:

• Accredited graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g. library and information science, computer science, or research science); • Five years of professional experience in an academic or health sciences setting; • Significant supervisory experience that promotes teamwork and collaboration with library, campus, or consortial partners; • Demonstrated success in mentoring, developing, and empowering staff with a collaborative and open approach; • Positive leadership style and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; • Evidence of initiative and flexibility; • Significant practical experience with software project management, issue tracking, and version control in a team based environment; • A solid understanding of metadata strategies and data representation, and their application in health sciences and libraries; • Ability to determine requirements and develop specifications for data and information-driven systems; • Experience with current and emerging data architectures and technologies to develop new and leverage legacy data services and applications. • Proficiency with programmatic submission and retrieval of data from repositories; • Strong programming skills with a solid understanding of object oriented languages and principles; • Demonstrated ability to manage expectations and priorities diplomatically among various stakeholders; • History of scholarship, teaching, and/or active leadership in professional organizations.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Direct experience with academic health sciences research or education; • Formal training or certification in informatics or computer science; • Experience with strategic planning; • Knowledge of semantic web and linked data technologies, SPARQL, RDF, OWL, relevant tools and APIs, and experience managing semantically annotated data, triplestores, and/or graph databases; • Experience with academic assessment methodologies and tools; • Success in obtaining grant funding; • Membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals or an equivalent credential.

Rank and Salary: This is a non-tenured, twelve-month faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, minimum $70,000.

Applications: To apply please visit and search for position IRC46788. Applications should include a resume, a letter of introduction, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. OHSU is an AA/EO employer.

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Published: Friday, March 13, 2015 17:41 UTC

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