Digital Research Commons Director

Full time

Created: November 16, 2016
Houston, TX
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Description

*Responsibilities: *The Director of the Digital Research Commons will be a
key leader in UH Libraries expansion of services for advancing the digital
research productivity of UH faculty, staff, and students. Reporting to the
Head of Digital Research Services, the director will manage the day-to-day
activities of the Digital Research Commons. Coordinating with Libraries’
external partners, including the UH Division of Research, the Center for
Advanced Computing and Data Services, and colleges, the director will
contribute to faculty and student digital scholarship projects by providing
services for collaboration, program planning, and interdisciplinary digital
projects.

Primary duties include: overseeing Commons operations including budgets,
facilities, technology, grants, projects, and assessment; coordinating with
other Libraries divisions, UH Division of Research, Center for Advanced
Computing and Data Services, and other academic colleges and university
centers in the development, implementation, and support of Commons projects
and services; collaborating with faculty, researchers, and advanced
students to develop and sustain digital scholarship projects

Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston
Libraries’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of
service, scholarship and professional involvement. The UH Libraries support
the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to
recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

*Qualifications:*

Required -

● Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects involving
many stakeholders simultaneously

● Demonstrated knowledge of research and digital scholarship trends
and principles

● Demonstrated project management experience

● Experience with designing, implementing, evaluating, and optimizing
models for digital scholarship programs and emerging practice areas.

● American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree

● Excellent oral and written communication skills.

● Ability to work in team-based environment, both within the
Libraries and with faculty, staff, and students

Preferred -

● Knowledge of data mining and data visualization research tools

● Coursework or advanced degree (MA, PhD or ABD) in history, digital
humanities or other humanities fields, or the social sciences

● Experience with grant writing

*Salary:* $76,000 to $80,000 expected hiring range, depending on
qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement
programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available;
release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income
tax.

*Library Information: *The University of Houston Libraries’ Digital
Research Commons will offer services, tools, and technologies to support
collaborative scholarship and research across disciplines. By leveraging
the expertise of the Libraries and cultivating partnerships with other
campus research support units, the Commons will collaborate with faculty,
researchers, staff, and advanced students from research conception to
preservation, by providing data management, data documentation, research
publishing and sharing, and data preservation services.

The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the
Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and
Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas
Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million
volumes. The University Libraries’ total staff is 160, including 62
professionals. Additional information about the University Libraries is
available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu.

The UH Libraries’ *Strategic Plan 2017-21 *focuses on quality collections,
research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces. The
complete document is available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu/strategic-plan. The
Libraries’ *Strategic Plan *supports an ambitious set of goals adopted by
the University and furthers the drive for flagship status (
http://www.uh.edu/about/mission/ ). We seek to recruit librarians who can
relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in
advancing these strategic imperatives.

*General Information: * The University of Houston campus comprises 14
colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of over
40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. Reflecting
the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most
ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation. We welcome
candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our
commitment to diversity and excellence.

The University of Houston is a nationally prominent research university.
Researchers are making new demands on available resources, seeking new
funding sources, exploring new modes of scholarship, and generating and
managing a vast array of research data. By aligning UH Libraries’ expertise
and resources with these evolving research agenda, the Libraries can
significantly impact the success of campus research, preserve and expand
access to scholarship at UH, and document research excellence.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the
cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy
reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living and was
selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities (
http://www.forbes.com/sites/morganbrennan/2012/07/26/houston-tops-our-list-of-americas-coolest-cities-to-live/
).

For additional information, including information about Houston's
flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see:
http://www.visithoustontexas.com/. For information about housing and
living in Houston see: http://www.houston.org/living/index.html.

*Application Deadline: *Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled. Applications should be submitted at:
http://jobs.uh.edu/postings/33339 <http://jobs.uh.edu/postings/33339>.

Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for
more information: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment

*Appointment to this position* is contingent on the results of a completed
criminal history records investigation*.*

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John
Lehner,

Associate Dean for Resource Management, at 713-743-9801 or jlehner@uh.edu .

*THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
EMPLOYER. MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE
ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. *


Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:20 UTC

How to apply

Contact:

John
Lehner,

Associate Dean for Resource Management, at 713-743-9801 or jlehner@uh.edu .


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