Program Manager, Technology

Created: October 5, 2017



The University of Arizona (UA) Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation (RDI) oversees three cultural institutions as part of the UA interdisciplinary arts, culture and society academic enterprise.  Under RDI leadership, the cultural institutions – Arizona State Museum, UA Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography – work in coordination with academic programs to leverage their intellectual resources and strengthen UA’s position by advancing collaborative research, scholarship, and engagement at the local, regional, national, and international levels.  Located in Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona is one of the nation's leading public universities and is ranked in the top 25 research universities nationwide.


The Cultural Institutions Technology Program Manager provides strategic direction and manages technology for RDI cultural institutions.  The incumbent will work in conjunction with the University Information Technology Services (UITS), RDI cultural institutions leadership, key collection managers, and relevant technology stakeholders to create and maintain an integrated information technology (IT) organization.  The Technology Program Manager will develop and lead a team that coordinates strategic development, project management, and support services for all three cultural institutions.



  • Provide long-range strategic direction for technology within the RDI Cultural Institutions, including coordinating infrastructure, collections management systems, and web-based content delivery.
  • Act as lead technology project manager for implementation of coordinated infrastructure, digital asset management, and web-based content delivery in support of RDI Cultural Institutions’ strategic direction.
  • Develop and maintain coordinated IT infrastructure network, operational workflows, procedures, and policies.
  • Develop and sustain coordinated collections management systems, including digital asset management, data integrity, e-commerce, and storage.
  • Develop and sustain coordinated web-based content delivery including collections access, online exhibitions, research portals, publication projects, and websites in conjunction with RDI Communications.
  • Serve as RDI Cultural Institutions’ liaison to internal (e.g. UITS) and external (e.g. vendors) technology entities.
  • Oversee RDI IT personnel in implementing coordinated IT support services (desktop, server, web), equipment, and software needs for RDI Cultural Institutions.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.


  • Demonstrated record of strategic technology planning and leadership.
  • Outstanding project management skills including organizational, team-based decision-making, work flow optimization, support services, personnel management, budgets, and report generation.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing and/or managing an enterprise-level museum collections management system, e.g., TMS, Embark, Emu, PastPerfect.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing cloud-based storage solutions, such as Amazon Glacier.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages and databases.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing and/or managing digital asset management systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, managing and maintaining online content for the cultural heritage community.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively across distinct institutional cultures.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills with all levels of an organization.
  • Five years of technology experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in technology-related field.


  • Grant writing/fundraising experience.
  • Experience working with cultural heritage collections.
  • Experience working with images and their associated metadata.
  • Experience working in an academic environment.
  • Master’s degree in technology, art, history, museum studies or an equally relevant field.
  • Experience implementing e-commerce solutions.

Research, Discovery & Innovation (RDI) supports world-class research and discovery by University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students with particular attention to the University’s land-grant mission of service to the State of Arizona. RDI enables the research success of University of Arizona faculty through its support of University research centers, institutes, museums, and core facilities; provision of research development, compliance and safety services; and strategic external partnerships. The University of Arizona seeks to build on its great strengths in interdisciplinary research by expanding its fundraising program dedicated to securing philanthropic support for interdisciplinary campus-wide initiatives that cross multiple academic interests.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

The UA today has over 43,000 students, and nearly 15,600 employees. The main campus has grown from its original 40 acres to more than 350 acres, and boasts the oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona. The University of Arizona offers a broad range of educational programs and support services that attract an excellent and diverse student body.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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