Head, Software Development

Chapel Hill, NC
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Created: October 13, 2016


POSITION: Head, Software Development
AVAILABLE: December 1, 2016

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the position of Head, Software Development. The Software Development group is comprised of two teams; the Repository Team, responsible for the development and stewardship of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), an institutional repository and preservation platform, and the Core Team, responsible for a wide range of services including the Libraries’ main websites, discovery layer, digital libraries, digital scholarship projects, grant-funded projects, system integrations, and custom applications to support Library operations. The Head recruits, manages, supervises, and leads 12 FTE across the two teams and fosters an environment that values creativity, diversity, teamwork, and innovation. This position also works directly with faculty and staff stakeholders to collaboratively identify and provide solutions that meet end-user and staff needs.

This position provides vision and leadership for library technology services by helping create a flexible and scalable technology infrastructure, facilitating improvements to work processes including software development practices and project management, and developing relationships with stakeholders, including campus IT partners and vendors. The Head collaborates with Infrastructure Management Services on software system architecture planning and provides strategic direction for the evaluation, customization, and implementation of existing technology platforms and systems.

The Head of Software Development reports to the Director of the Library and Information Technology (L&IT). L&IT is a service-oriented program that researches, develops, and supports advanced information systems for the Library, and ensures excellent operational management of information systems and support of end users. The Head is a senior member of the L&IT management team along with counterparts from Infrastructure Management Services and Desktop Support.

The Software Development department uses agile methodologies, versions code, and automates deployment. Continuous integration and test-driven development are goals for the department. Technologies and tools used are primarily open source, and the stack includes: RHEL, PHP (Laravel), Python (Django), Java, Hydra, Fedora, MySQL, Solr, eXist, Capistrano, and GitHub/GitLab. The L&IT division uses Jira, Confluence, and Service Desk to manage and document work.


Required: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or an advanced degree in a related field. Minimum of three years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in a technical setting, including planning and allocating resources to support software development. Professional experience in a technical environment focused on application development. Evidence of effective interpersonal competence and excellent oral and written communication skills. Collaborative work ethic and the ability to build effective partnerships, articulate goals, and negotiate priorities.

Preferred: Work experience in higher education and/or an academic research library. Experience developing and leading high functioning teams. Active professional involvement in the library or information technology fields, and demonstrated knowledge of current information technology developments in libraries and higher education. Demonstrated interest in open source communities. Demonstrated interest in communicating individual and team progress through conferences, publishing, code contribution, and other venues. Experience in collaborative and successful grant-writing. Experience with agile methodologies.
The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC-Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries. University Library collections include over 7.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.
Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.
Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on October 24, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.
To Apply
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/106554 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities


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