Technical Director

Washington, D.C.
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Created: September 22, 2015


Job Type: Full Time Compensation: Competitive, commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. Location: Washington, DC Desired Start Date: November 2015

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) seeks a highly skilled Technical Director to develop, integrate, and oversee a cohesive, dynamic, and growing set of information systems supporting the mission of CLIR and its varied initiatives, including the Digital Library Federation (DLF)<>, Digitizing Hidden Collections<>, CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program<>, and more.

Under the director’s purview are systems that address communications and publishing (print and digital) workflows, grants and fellowships management, membership/sponsorship management, education and professional development platforms, research programs, conferences and events management, and peer-to-peer online community-building. The director will work collaboratively with CLIR and DLF stakeholders to help translate our mission, vision, and values into web platforms and architecture. Our ideal candidate will be able to articulate and implement a sustainable and strategic approach to CLIR’s and DLF’s information and communications systems—one that demonstrates and deepens the interconnectedness of our programs, builds community, optimizes user experience, and is well suited to maintenance by a nonprofit organization utilizing a small number of in-house staff and external designers and vendors.

In addition, the director will occasionally be called on to consult with CLIR/DLF partners, sponsors, and members on new projects, to represent the organization at meetings and events, and to serve as a technical mentor to our own staff and fellows. We seek a systems thinker who is eager to get his or her hands dirty, and a close collaborator for our directors of Communications, Outreach and Development, Program Data and Statistics, Research and Assessment, and more.

Desired Experience and Skills:

  • At least 5 years’ experience in digital projects management, with evidence of increasing executive and technical decision-making responsibility.
  • Experience in an academic or publishing and communications-oriented environment preferred.
  • Working knowledge of: enterprise applications; databases; web development tools, environments, frameworks and scripting languages; and open-source software packages and development/deployment practices.
  • Experience evaluating commercial software and hosts and managing vendor/host relationships and licensing.
  • Working knowledge of user experience (UX) analysis and optimization.
  • Familiarity with challenges and trends in online scholarly communication and digital cultural heritage research and publishing.
  • Intellectual curiosity, strong interpersonal skills and experience in teaching or mentoring.


CLIR’s offices are located in the Farragut North neighborhood in downtown Washington, DC, less than a block from the Farragut North station on Metro’s Red Line.

Relocation to Washington, DC is desireable but not required. Remotely located individuals should expect frequent travel to CLIR’s Washington, DC office.

This position may involve periodic domestic travel to attend meetings, conferences and events. Occasional international travel may be required.

About CLIR

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

CLIR is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, with a strong commitment to diversity. We especially encourage applications to this position by people of color and members of other under-represented groups.

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