Full time Remote / Telecommute

Associate Director, HathiTrust

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Salary: $155,000 minimum
Created: October 4, 2022


Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving more than 17 million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. HathiTrust members steward the collection — the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries. For more information on HathiTrust, please visit www.hathitrust.org.

As the Associate Director, you will be a major contributor to HathiTrust's ongoing success, participating in development of the next strategy. Reporting to the Executive Director, Mike Furlough, and supervising 3-5 team leaders and supporting staff in a hybrid workplace, you will manage  HathiTrust's programs, integrating and focusing work undertaken by HathiTrust teams, working groups, and service providers. You will oversee the evaluation and assessment of HathiTrust's services, monitor progress on goals, and ensure that these are achieved. You will provide leadership, support, and advocate for the HathiTrust staff as they strengthen existing services and help position colleagues for future development.

HathiTrust is administratively based in the University of Michigan Library, and its staff are employees of the University.  The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. Our Diversity Plan is at https://www.lib.umich.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion-accessibility/diversity-strategic-plan.


  • Be the senior manager for daily operations of HathiTrust, overseeing integrated development of HathiTrust's programs, coordinating activities across the organization to accomplish strategic and operational goals.
  • Lead development of and oversee HathiTrust's services roadmap, and develop or help develop important operational services.
  • Ensure understanding of priorities and communication with several service providers at important member institutions.
  • Develop and monitor annual budgets with support from financial staff. Assist Executive Director with long-term financial planning.
  • Develop staffing and organizational plans, reviewing needs and outlining scenarios to support strategic goals.
  • Support the Executive Director in development and application of policies.
  • Manage staff including functional team leaders and staff specialists providing central administrative services.
  • Represent HathiTrust externally and act in place of Executive Director to internal and external audiences.

Required Qualifications

While it is understood that no one candidate will bring every desired skill, personal quality, characteristic, and professional experience, the following information offers an outline of the ideal candidate profile.

Successful candidates will possess the following key qualities and competencies:

  • Experience communicating a shared vision across a range of stakeholders, including staff, partners, and membership institutions.
  • Experience prioritizing competing needs and implementing plans across an organization.
  • Experience leading transformational projects at an organizational level.
  • Experience balancing inclusivity and action toward collective outcomes.
  • Experience building and sustaining relationships across all levels and with many partners.
  • Progressive leadership in a related domain such as academic librarianship, information technology, systems infrastructure, product development, digital archives, publishing, and other relevant experience.
  • A vocal advocate for team needs with an empathetic understanding of the staff experience.
  • Experience promoting a work culture that values equity, transparency, trust, and clear communications.
  • A record of successful management of budget, planning, and operations, with the perspective to consider the financial and operational impact of decisions.
  • A mission-oriented leader, energized by equity-centered approaches to information access and the opportunity to grow an organization looking to adopt these approaches in its work.
  • Experience engaging colleagues and partners to lead change, especially change based on their understanding of the important roles of DEIA play in scholarship, education, libraries, and the workplace.
  • Bachelor's degree (required).

Additional Information

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, with a minimum salary of $155,000. The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision insurance, generous time off (24 vacation days per year, and 15 sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities, and more. TIAA and Fidelity Investments' retirement benefits are available.

The primary office location of this position is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You may be eligible for remote or flexible work opportunities at the discretion of the hiring department if you reside in the United States. Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change dependent on the needs of the hiring department, throughout the course of employment.

The successful candidate will be hired as an employee of the University of Michigan but 100% of their time will be devoted to HathiTrust.

Last updated: Wednesday, October 5, 2022 15:44 UTC