Program Director, Academic Preservation Trust

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Created: February 28, 2013


The Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) [] is an innovative consortium committed to creation and management of a sustainable environment for digital preservation and aggregate repository services for academic and research content. Community collaboration is central to APTrust's operating philosophy. The Program Director will work closely with the APTrust Advisory Group to lead its evolving, ambitious vision and to grow the existing project into an innovative and trusted preservation solution. The Director will be responsible for building APTrust into a self-supporting, full-service entity by developing partner relationships and leveraging participation of APTrust members.

APTrust currently has 12 academic research partner libraries from across the country. The University of Virginia Library is leading the incubation of APTrust's services: a repository for long-term preservation of content; a replicating node for the Digital Preservation Network (DPN); and future services that may include disaster recovery, format migration, or hosted repositories. APTrust will leverage the resources of the existing preservation community to promote collaborative solutions and best practices in digital preservation.

Primary Responsibilities

Provide strategic vision:
-Articulate a "big picture" vision for APTrust, convey its value and impact to the scholarly community and beyond
-Work closely with the APTrust advisory group and the wider partner community, identify near-term and long-term strategic goals
-Measure and evaluate outcomes
-Develop and gain support for a business model that will sustain the project following the start-up period

Lead successful operations:
-Build a dynamic and effective core team, augmented by contributors from consulting agencies and/or member institutions
-Manage projects and staff to ensure timely implementation of products and services
-Plan and manage budgets, fund raising, and business operations
-Determine outreach needs to local institutions and ensure appropriate assistance for ingesting and managing content stored in APTrust
-Provide status and financial reports to advisory group and the broader membership

Coordinate outreach and communication:
-Actively promote APTrust, DPN, and the wider cause of digital preservation to the scholarly community and other key stakeholders
-Develop effective communication mechanisms for continued engagement with member institutions and enrolling new members from the greater community
-Seek out and engage in collaborations that will leverage resources and expertise for the advancement of digital preservation

Skills and Competencies

-A Masters degree with at least 7-10 years of progressively responsible experience in higher education and/or business
-Excellent project management skills and demonstrated success managing teams working in disparate locations
-Entrepreneurial skills, especially the ability to successfully promote innovative concepts and enroll stakeholders in new solutions
-Strong ability to think and act strategically; demonstrated success at bringing concepts to realization

-Experience with digital preservation issues and solutions and working with libraries and/or IT organizations
-Analytical skills in crafting successful funding and business models for innovative projects
-Able to communicate effectively in person and virtually using a variety of technologies
To Apply: Complete a Candidate Profile, attach a cover letter, cv, and contact information for three professional references through Jobs@UVA (Posting #0611575).

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.


Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 03:01 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:45 UTC