Position available: Technical Manager, Stanford Digital Repository

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Created: February 11, 2008



The Stanford University Libraries seek a Technical Manager for the Stanford Digital Repository. Interested candidates should apply online via

http://jobs.stanford.edu/find_a_job.html , job # 28586

Job Description: The Technical Manager for the Stanford Digital Repository leads the development, operation, and continuous enhancement of the Stanford University Libraries’ (SUL’s) preservation repository for digital information. The Stanford Digital Repository (SDR) provides preservation services to the students, faculty and researchers of the university, helping ensure the integrity and usability of data and digital information over decades to centuries for future research, teaching & learning. The SDR is integral to Stanford’s burgeoning digital library environment; it will be a critical component of the cyberinfrastructure that supports scholarship in the 21st century.

The Technical Manager for the SDR serves as chief architect and software development manager for the repository, as well as oversees its smooth operation and scaling to support tens of thousands of users, hundreds of millions of digital objects and petabytes of data. The position will manage a dedicated team of developers, analysts and operations staff, with a focus on growing the repository into a robust and reliable digital preservation infrastructure for the Libraries and the University.

This position also provides intellectual, technical and organizational leadership within Stanford’s broader digital library program. As a manager and architect within the Digital Libraries Systems and Services (DLSS) unit, the incumbent will help define, steer and deliver on the development of the library of the future at Stanford, a nationally and internationally recognized leader in this arena.

Responsibilities: Determine the overall architecture, technologies, development practices and plan to meet the SDR’s objectives, and manage a cross functional team of 8 - 12 developers, analysts and operational staff to that plan. Ensure the rapid scaling and smooth operation of the SDR as trusted, reliable digital repository for the priceless data and intellectual assets of Stanford University. Work with other groups in DLSS and the Libraries to identify and develop information systems that will define the library of the future, and will be integral to supporting scholarship in the digital age. Ensure that SDR provides services that are valued, complementary and interoperable with these systems. Ultimately, lead the ongoing development and operation of the Stanford Digital Repository to ensure its success in meeting the programmatic needs of Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, and those of the University overall, for digital preservation services.

The successful candidate will bring to this position: Demonstrated success in managing software development projects and teams Demonstrated experience in the development and scaling of complex information systems Demonstrated experience with successfully operating enterprise-scale information systems as reliable infrastructure, and balancing between competing demands of new feature development and ongoing operations Proven capability as a senior level software developer in a J2EE environment, and experience in contributing to and/or defining the technical architecture of complex systems Wide ranging knowledge of current and emerging technologies and information architectures Familiarity with best practices in systems development life cycle, and capability for instilling industry standard practices and tools for software development Experience and facility working in an academic environment Experience in digital libraries and digital preservation, or a proven ability to quickly come up to speed in new arenas Ability to track and participate in the digital library and digital preservation communities, identifying technologies, practices and theory critical to the SDR Excellent organizational, management and communication skills Demonstrated ability to deliver results in a complex and demand driven environment. Ten years plus of applicable professional experience in software development, information technology, library science or related fields. A four year college degree in computer science or related discipline, or equivalent experience.

- Tom

| Tom Cramer | Associate Director, Digital Library Systems & Services | Stanford University LIbraries & Academic Information Resources | Stanford University | tcramer@stanford.edu | (650) 723-5270

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Published: Monday, February 11, 2008 07:26 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:48 UTC