Digital Initiatives Coordinator

Houston, TX
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Salary: $58,000 to $64,000
Created: March 9, 2023


Fondren Library seeks a creative, collaborative digital initiatives coordinator to help plan, develop and maintain digital scholarship and digital collections projects. As Fondren Library expands digital scholarship partnerships, the digital initiatives coordinator will help to devise strategies for supporting and sustaining such projects, conduct outreach, perform consultations, and develop and implement project plans in collaboration with researchers and technical staff. In addition, they will provide technical support by determining project specifications, creating and cleaning up metadata, helping to manage digital platforms, overseeing ingests of digital objects, and performing quality control. This position requires curiosity, initiative, a commitment to collaboration, and an enthusiasm for learning. It reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Organizational Development.

This position offers a flexible work schedule (minimum of 3 days in the office per week).

Annual hiring range: $58,000 to $64,000, contingent upon qualifications and experience

First consideration date: March 31, 2023


  • Bachelor's degree in the humanities, library sciences or project management

  • 2 years of experience working as a digital curator, digital scholarship librarian, project manager, or in a related field.

    • In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted

  • Skills required

    • Demonstrated ability to manage projects, including the ability to structure and plan work effectively to meet deadlines.

    • Experience developing digital collections or digital scholarship projects.

    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, set goals, adjust priorities, and manage time well.

    • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills.

    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both collaboratively and independently.

    • Flexibility, intellectual curiosity, the ability to take initiative, and strong problem-solving skills.

    • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Essential Functions

  • Plan and manage digital projects, including developing project plans and documentation.

  • Develop and implement policies and processes to describe, ingest, publish, manage, migrate, and preserve digitized and born-digital objects.

  • Perform outreach to faculty, students and staff across the university. Bridge technical and non-technical communities, so that project goals, timelines, and deliverables are clearly understood by all.

  • Help manage the DSpace repository platform and other core technologies.

  • Develop and deliver training.

  • Provide consultation services.

  • Stay up-to-date on best practices and standards in digital scholarship. 


  • Experience conducting outreach.

  • Experience developing and delivering training.

  • Experience managing digital repository platforms.

  • Experience creating and enhancing metadata records.

  • Basic programming or scripting skills.

  • Experience with batch processing and data wrangling.

  • Experience ensuring that digital content is accessible and usable.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation issues, concepts, strategies, standards, tools, and best practices.

  • Knowledge of and experience with agile project management methodologies.

  • Knowledge of digitization best practices.

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