Digital Scholarship Developer

Providence, RI
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Salary: $60,000 - $63,000
Created: September 27, 2022


Position Overview

Provide strategic leadership for the design, development, and implementation of digital scholarship at Providence College.

Essential Duties

  1. Develop applications, platforms, and tools that support digital scholarship projects and initiatives through the use of extensive technical skills and knowledge of digital pedagogy best practices.  Serve as the subject matter expert and main point of contact for faculty, students, and external partners in the development of project plans and prototypes for digital initiatives.  Implement testing and regular stakeholder communications and provide and incorporate feedback.  Develop end-user documentation and serve as an advisor and collaborator in the scaling, and reimagining of current projects.
  2. In collaboration with the Head of Digital Projects and Metadata and library administration, provide strategic guidance and critical support for the College’s Digital Scholarship program.  Develop and maintain policies, procedures, and technical infrastructure for sustainable digital scholarship initiatives and projects.  Act as the main point of contact for faculty, students, and other partners on research and scholarship goals.  Define the technical and user requirements for digital scholarship projects and propose/recommend technologies and solutions to support them.
  3. Maintain and support ongoing digital scholarship projects with scalability and long-term viability in mind.  Develop and maintain internal project documentation for continuous support of projects in all phases of their lifecycles.  Respond to enhancement requests and bug reports, addressing issues as necessary.  Update any component technologies and implement ongoing maintenance procedures defined by the project.  Collaborate with Information Technology (serve admins, web services, etc.) to provide a solid foundation for digital scholarship and other academic computing initiatives on campus.
  4. In collaboration with the Head of Digital Projects & Metadata, create a sustainable and dynamic outreach program that engages faculty, students, and external stakeholders in digital scholarship projects and create a dynamic vision for digital scholarship at the College.  Lead and participate in presentations, workshops, and meetings with faculty, staff, and external partners and colleagues to promote College projects, provide education around digital scholarship, and strengthen and develop project partnerships.  Collaborate with other departments and staff within the library and other departments on campus (Office of Teaching & Learning) to enhance connections and ensure greater exposure for current projects and generate opportunities for new partnerships.
  5. Maintain awareness of changing technology standards, emerging applications and methodologies/best practices in digital scholarship, and ensure its implementation in new and existing projects.  Participate in professional development activities including professional organizations, conferences, workshops, and listservs.  Conduct ongoing research and communicate potential challenges and opportunities with stakeholders.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution required.  Master’s Degree in computer science, computer engineering, digital humanities, or data science preferred.
  • One plus years’ professional experience as a front-end developer
  • Experience in user experience and web accessibility
  • Experience with version control systems (Git)
  • Demonstrated skills in object-oriented languages such as Python, PHP, JavaScript
  • Demonstrated skills in web markup and styling (XML, HTML5, CSS)
  • Demonstrated experience with CMS frameworks such as WordPress, Drupal, Omeka
  • Demonstrated skills with databases/search APIs, such as MySQL or Solr
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated project management abilities
  • Demonstrated ability t work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated complex and creative problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high degree of accountability
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in scholarly activity


Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 19:46 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 19:46 UTC