Cornell Library Systems Manager

Ithaca, NY
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Created: April 8, 2022


Do you thrive working with data-driven IT systems, interacting with developers and application owners to understand, implement, enhance, and support applications and servers?  

Are you interested in working on a team that uses a variety of technologies and adopts cloud-first IT best practices?

Would you like to work at a place where technology is used to further the public good?

Are you interested in playing a critical role in expanding and implementing technologies that will modernize the Library experience?

Are you interested in being an important contributor to the academic mission of a major Ivy League University?

Cornell University Library (CUL) is hiring a manager for its library systems team. If you are a dynamic and motivated leader who embraces IT challenges as opportunities, then becoming our Library Systems Manager may be the perfect opportunity for you.


CUL-IT supports one of the world’s leading academic research libraries, implementing strategic systems to support the work of students, faculty, staff, and researchers worldwide.

What you will do:

The Library Systems Manager is a member of the CUL-IT leadership team and oversees the development, technical support, and administration of applications, servers, and integrations that support the scholarly mission of the Cornell Library. The Library Systems team manages a hybrid, cloud-first IT infrastructure in AWS and Azure with emphasis on serverless development and containerization.  The team supports many of the core applications used by the Library such as dSpace, FOLIO, ArchivesSpace, apps by Springshare, Caiasoft, and Atlas Systems. The person in this role will inform decisions about future technical directions and best practices.

Who you will be:

You will be curious and interested in deepening your leadership and technical skills.  We work as a team, and you enjoy working collaboratively.

This role requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of relevant technical and managerial experience
  • Must be able to communicate and interact effectively with other CUL staff members, members of Cornell Information Technologies staff, and technology vendor representatives. Able to communicate with individuals having little or no technical training.
  • An understanding of how diversity, equity, and inclusion intersects with technology. Ability to create a welcoming and equitable environment for your staff and collaborators.
  • Working style that centers around being a proactive self-starter, as well as a collaborative team player
  • Ability to prioritize requests and negotiate timeframes for deliverables from different stakeholders
  • Ability to manage change effectively, while being mindful of technology, the library’s business processes, and systems implications
  • Ability to implement and support systems that align with the Library’s mission, including the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge and creative expression
  • Ability to analyze problems to design and implement solutions, both independently and as part of cross-functional teams
  • Experience with a variety of programming languages, databases, and Linux administration
  • Familiarity with IT security best practices; able to interpret policies and procedures effectively to guide self and others
  • Experience with needs analysis techniques and project management practices and tools
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Potential for Hybrid Work:

This position is located in Ithaca, New York, though hybrid work is supported. The New York Convenience of the Employer Rule requires New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.

Last updated: Saturday, April 9, 2022 00:35 UTC