Full time Remote / Telecommute

Project Manager for Digital Repository Technology

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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Salary: $64,000.00 - $91,000.00
Created: November 1, 2023


Project Manager for Digital Repository Technology


How to Apply

To ensure full consideration, applications must include all of the following. Due to system restrictions, these items must be submitted as a single document.

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position, and your experience directly relevant to the work of the position
  • A resume / CV
  • A list of three professional references, including their names, contact information, and your professional relationship



As the Project Manager for Digital Repository Technology, you will facilitate and coordinate  planning of digital repository systems to be shared by multiple services. You will also be responsible for project management and coordinating and executing implementation strategies. You will engage with experts in the organization to complement your own background in digital repository technologies and digital preservation. Project completion and partner satisfaction will be important, providing a unique opportunity to collaborate on the development of digital repository systems that meet the library's digital preservation and access goals. 


Who We Are

The Digital Library Applications (DLA) department is the group within the Library Information Technology (LIT) division focused on the development of applications for management of and access to digital content held in library repositories. This includes applications for search and retrieval, display of content, creation and management of digital collections, and interoperability with other systems. Key examples are Deep Blue RepositoriesFinding AidsDigital CollectionsMichigan Daily Digital Archives. Much of our code is publicly available on GitHub.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourage all employees to incorporate their varied backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. We advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the cooperation that results from sharing and applying our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish. Learn more in the Library's Diversity Strategic Plan.



  • Project Planning and Management (60%)
    • Provide project management for technical (e.g. software development) and non-technical (e.g. planning) work.
    • Develop, plan, and manage projects.
    • Communicate with team members and partners throughout project life cycles.
    • Ensure creation of project documentation.
  • Coordination of Strategy and Implementation (30%)
    • Facilitate the creation of a shared digital repository technology roadmap that supports the library's digital preservation goals, policies and service models.
    • Coordinate efforts for the library's repository systems among the respective service teams and leads.
    • Gather feature requirements and related considerations by engaging with experts across the library, such as the digital preservation technology lead, solutions architect, developers, content specialists, the digital preservation librarian, department heads, and service teams.
    • Work with digital repository service teams to understand their digital preservation needs and reflect them into common-ground digital repository strategies and project work plans.
    • Work together with service-specific technical team leaders to align their implementation decisions with the library's overall strategic direction for all digital repositories.
  • Other (10%)
    • Serve on relevant LIT and library committees such as the LIT Coordinating Group and the Digital Preservation Steering Committee.
    • Participate in relevant professional development or service opportunities.
    • Represent and advocate for the library's interests in external communities and partnerships when appropriate.
    • Stay up-to-date with new technologies and standards in the field of digital repositories and related preservation practices.


Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree and 3 or more years of relevant work experience or an equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and work experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing complex projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to serve as an effective communicator between IT staff and service leads/partners.
  • Experience working closely with digital repository systems or technology.
  • Familiarity with digital preservation standards and best practices.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the ability to incorporate these values into daily work.
  • A basic understanding of and some experience with programming principles, practices, and tools.


Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in project management for software development.
  • In-depth knowledge of digital repository systems, such as DSpace, Hyrax, Islandora, or similar platforms, and their use in digital preservation.
  • A thorough understanding of best practices and standards related to content, metadata, and interoperability and their role in digital preservation within a library or a cultural heritage institution.
  • Experience in software development including basic knowledge of programming languages and application development, systems analysis and design, automation, and code management.


Work Locations

You will have flexible scheduling and a remote, hybrid, or fully on-site work environment. Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change depending on the needs of the hiring department throughout the course of employment. Please see the University of Michigan's Remote Employment Policies and Agreements for more information.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.


Additional Information

We estimate this position to begin in early March, 2024, with the final start date determined by the hiring manager and selected candidate.

This appointment is subject to the UM/LEO-GLAM collective bargaining agreement.

Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

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 days of sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities, and more. TIAA and Fidelity Investments' retirement benefits are available.

It is the policy of the University of Michigan to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.  Pursuant to the 2022-2025 UM|LEO-GLAM agreement, each appointing unit will designate an administrative contact (administrative designee) who is responsible for communicating with the necessary parties about accommodations requests made by Employees in that appointing unit on each campus. The Administrative Designee for LIT is Deb Jackson. She may be reached at 734-764-9529 or jacksda@umich.edu.

Salary and Rank
The salary range for this position is $64,000 to $74,000 for the Associate Librarian rank, and $75,000 to $91,000 for the Sr. Associate Librarian rank. Librarian appointments carry with them expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the Library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

Reporting Structure
Reports directly to the LIT/DLA Department Head.

Supervisory Responsibilities
No direct reports


Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, on behalf of their Librarian, Archivists, and Curator bargaining unit (LEO-GLAM), which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.


Application Deadline

This job posting will be open for at least four weeks. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Job Detail




Project Manager for Digital Repository Technology




Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI








Univ Library


Library Info Tech-Dig Lib Apps


10/31/2023 - 11/28/2023


$64,000.00 - $91,000.00


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