The Digital Public Library of America seeks a Director of Technology to
lead its staff of developers and technologists, and to further DPLA’s
mission to bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and
museums, and make them freely available to all. A belief in this mission
and the drive to accomplish it over time in a collaborative spirit both
within and beyond the organization is essential.
The Director of Technology will be responsible for the overall technology
vision for the DPLA, and in consultation with the DPLA senior staff, will
develop of new initiatives and cross-institutional partnerships. The
Director of Technology will report to the Executive Director.
The Director of Technology will:
* Orchestrate the design, implementation, and improvement of DPLA’s core
infrastructure, user-facing applications, and back-end systems.
* Oversee and a manage a team of four developers, and work with external
contractors as necessary.
* Act as the primary technical contact for outside organizations, partners,
* Cultivate and develop the culture and values of the DPLA Technology Team
and the larger organization.
* Support the philosophy of open source, shared, and community-built
software, frameworks, and technologies.
* Be conversant and comfortable with a broad range of technologies used by
the cultural heritage sector, and engage with cultural heritage communities
and consortial efforts.
* Experience with managing developers and technologists in the cultural
heritage or non-profit sectors, with a demonstrated capacity of building an
environment for success for technical teams.
* Demonstrated experience working effectively in a team environment and the
ability to interact effectively with stakeholders.
* Demonstrated experience contributing to or managing collaborative open
source software projects.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
* Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
* A high degree of emotional intelligence and empathy.
* Experience with architectures, standards, and protocols to support
interoperability and reuse within and beyond the cultural heritage sector.
* Demonstrated experience with technical project management, grant writing
and administration, and/or development and oversight of RFP processes.
* Demonstrated desire to learn new technologies or programming languages.
This position is full-time. DPLA is a geographically distributed
organization, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Ideally, this
position would be situated in the Northeast Corridor between Washington and
Boston (with a preference for Boston), but remote work based in other
locations will also be considered. While not a requirement, a history of
working effectively in a distributed organization is helpful.
Like its collection, DPLA is strongly committed to diversity in all of its
forms. We provide a full set of benefits, including health care, life and
disability insurance, and a retirement plan. Starting salary is
commensurate with experience.
The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth
of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to
records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since
launching in April 2013, it has aggregated more than 14 million items from
over 2,000 institutions. DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.
To apply, send a letter of interest detailing your qualifications, resume
and a list of 3 references in a single PDF to *email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>*.
First preference will be given to applications received by *September 30,
2016*, and review will continue until the position is filled.
How to apply
Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 04:39 UTC
Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 04:39 UTC