Head of Digital Scholarship Services

Salary: $52,500-$80,000
Created: May 10, 2023


The University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries are seeking a collaborative individual to fill a new role, Head of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS), serving as the Libraries’ co-director for the Center for Digital and Public Humanities and supervising staff in the Digital Scholarship Services department within the Special Collections & Archives Division of UMKC Libraries. The Head of DSS position is responsible for operational management of the Digital Collaboration Studio, a technology-rich space designed to support research and teaching across all disciplines with an emphasis on Digital and Public Humanities; creating programming, resource guides, and consulting services that support digital research and pedagogy; and administrative management and direction for the Libraries’ participation in the Center for Digital and Public Humanities, a partnership between the Libraries and the School for Humanities and Social Sciences. This position is a 12-month, non-tenure track, ranked benefit-eligible faculty librarian appointment, has supervisory responsibilities, and reports to the Associate Dean of Special Collections & Archives. 

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manages the department’s portfolio of instruction, programming, and consulting services with an emphasis on the Digital Collaboration Studio (DCS) and digital scholarship reporting and performance.
  • Serves as the UMKC Libraries’ co-director for the Center for Digital and Public Humanities, providing leadership in planning, implementation, and maintenance of the Center for DPH budget.
  • Oversees the daily operations of the UMKC Libraries Digital Collaboration Studio.
  • Leads DCS assessment and evaluation.
  • Manages and mentors the Digital Collaboration Studio staff.
  • Collaborates with Center for DPH faculty and Libraries’ partners to create and teach library technology workshops, and classroom instruction.
  • Provides specialized consulting services to the UMKC community.
  • Creates and maintains research and how-to guides supporting the UMKC community.
  • Provides digital research and pedagogy support for academic and public programs development, coordination, and community engagement.
  • In collaboration with Center for DPH co-director(s) and with input from the Center’s Steering Committee, coordinate programming, and develop and maintain the Center’s website.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS, MSLS, MLIS, etc.) from an ALA-accredited program or a graduate degree in another appropriate field in combination with digital scholarship experience;
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in a range of digital scholarship methods (e.g., text analysis, GIS/mapping, digital exhibits, 3D/immersive technologies, network analysis, etc.), tools, and skills;
  • Experience developing and delivering instruction and instructional documentation (research guides, learning objects, etc.);
  • The ability and willingness to independently learn new technologies and methodologies;
  • Knowledge of current research, technologies and scholarly trends in digital scholarship, open access, and scholarly communications; 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate in a team-based, service-oriented environment and to build partnerships with faculty and staff on research projects;
  • Supervisory experience or successful experience managing a team;
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment, evidenced through service, research, leadership, innovation, and/or professional development.

Salary: This is a 12 month, ranked, non-tenure track faculty position. (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria for rank specifications and UM salaries are publicly available.) Salary will be commensurate with rank and qualifications, and the anticipated hiring range for this position is $52,500-$80,000. Minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I $50,000, Librarian II $52,500, Librarian III $57,500, and Librarian IV $65,000. UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package.

Application Instructions

Application materials must be submitted online. From UMKC Human Resources, click View Jobs and search for ID ‘46787‘ to apply. Though the system provides prompts for uploading application materials separately, we request that applicants combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document:

  • A personal letter of interest of up to 2 pages addressing each minimum requirement and the values commitment (see below)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV – as many pages as needed)
  • Contact information for 3 references

Upload this combined document when prompted to provide a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). 

Per the University of Missouri System’s Values Commitment, we value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. 

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Applications received by June 4, 2023, will be given priority consideration.

For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.

You may address your cover letter to: Sandy Rodriguez, Search Committee Chair. For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or libraryadmin@umkc.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations, or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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Published: Friday, May 12, 2023 21:02 UTC

Last updated: Friday, May 12, 2023 21:02 UTC