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The application deadline for the Head of Design & Discovery unit at the University of Michigan Library has been extended to January 31, 2016. For more information or to apply, please see our posting on the U-M job site..

Head, Design & Discovery
Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library seeks an experienced professional to manage and lead the newly created Design & Discovery unit within the Library Information Technology Division (LIT).Design & Discovery, composed of twelve talented and experienced designers, librarians, and developers, encompasses three essential IT service areas:

  1. LIT-wide program and service management
  2. User experience (usability, accessibility, content, information architecture, design)
  3. Front-end web application development

The Head of Design & Discovery, reporting to the Associate University Librarian for LIT, provides leadership for programmatic initiatives of the unit; directs management of the unit’s project and operational portfolio; and collaborates with the IT leadership team to guide the strategic direction of the division as a whole. The work of the Design & Discovery unit is highly collaborative, with projects and initiatives involving staff from across LIT, the Library, the campus, and beyond. Unit activities include coordinating strategic initiatives; designing user-centered IT service models and cross-division work flows; providing analytics-driven guidance for public discovery, access, and content systems; promoting the adoption of technology policies and standards; and coordinating IT project and resource stewardship initiatives. The unit’s service and operational portfolio includes the library web site; in-house and vendor-based cross-platform search and discovery systems; user interface frameworks; library staff business work flow and content tools; and digital exhibits. Within its design portfolio, the unit promotes user-centered design while providing leadership and expertise in User Experience (UX) strategy, user research, assessment, content creation and management, and web accessibility. 

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of IT managers, with a combined staff of over 60 FTE, focused on realizing the dual mission of the division: enabling library services through elegant technology solutions; and uniting the preservation, access, and publishing of digital content. Collectively, the division supports the development and upkeep of fundamental services including the library website; information discovery and access applications; the library management system; learning analytics; and learning technologies. 

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.


Leadership and strategy – Contributes to strategic planning for LIT in the context of library and university goals, and translates strategic thinking into goal-oriented planning and implementation road maps for Design & Discovery priorities and areas of activity

Management and ­supervision – Facilitates operational excellence for the Design & Discovery unit, including resource management, staff management, mentoring and training, and general supervision

Design and development – Takes part in high level design and development of applications, methodologies, and services in cooperation with a spectrum of stakeholders within LIT and across the library

Research, teaching, and publication – Participates actively in the larger professional community by actively exploring relevant topics, and works to share knowledge through regular presentations, publications, and teaching

Required Qualifications*

Desired Qualifications*

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary

Appointment is anticipated as a senior associate librarian or librarian. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. 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 excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

Meghan Musolff
Program Manager for Library IT Services, Training, & Assessment
Online Exhibits/Omeka Coordinator
University of Michigan Library

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