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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Position Vacancy Listing
Shared Development Group Manager
SR INFORM PROC CONSLT(S44BN) or INFORM PROCESS CONSLT(S44DN)
Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor's degree, (an MLS degree is not required but is highly
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
* Bachelor's degree;
* two years of application programming experience;
* minimum of five years of progressively responsible team leadership
or management experience in an information environment;
* five years of experience using information systems project
management practices and techniques;
* five years of experience using modern team-oriented programming
* three years of work with digital library, research, or repository
systems and services;
* effective written and oral communication skills.
Desired Qualifications: In addition to the required skills, the
strongest candidates will possess demonstrated in-depth proficiency
and expertise in the following:
* experience managing, developing, and evaluating professional staff;
* experience developing and analyzing cost and time estimates for
projects including financial and human resource allocations;
* three years of supervisory experience;
* analytic problem solving and decision-making skills;
* expertise with library/information technologies including relational
databases, full-text search engines, repository managers, online
catalogs, and related tools;
* systems analysis and design practices;
* data modeling and/or database analysis and design practices;
* system testing and quality assurance techniques and standards;
* implementation and support of distributed client/server applications
in the Internet networking environment;
* Unix operating systems, commands, utilities, and software
* experience programming in at least two languages, such as Java, C/C+
+, Perl, Python, Ruby, or similar;
* web application development experience;
* experience maintaining production applications;
* graphical user interface design and programming techniques;
* familiarity with interface usability techniques and assessment;
* an advanced academic degree in related area;
* professional experience in an academic setting.
50% Team and Project Management and Supervision
* Serve as a member of the Library Technology Managers Group
* Provide direction to academic librarians and information systems
staff assigned to the Shared Development team, including project
leaders who are part of the team
* Provide leadership for planning sprints, reporting on, and
coordinating of team's activities
* Consult with Library and DoIT management and staff on priorities and
problems for areas of responsibility
* Insure that team members understand the core mission of the
Libraries and follow appropriate national, campus, library, and group
standards in support of this mission
* Develop task plans, time/cost estimates, schedules, and budgets to
achieve unit goals and objectives
* Monitor, analyze, and report on project costs and progress to varied
* Monitor team progress, assess problem areas, recommend and implement
* Lead team status meetings and communicate outcomes as appropriate
with appropriate administrative and managerial stakeholders in the
Libraries and DoIT
* Present oral and written status reports as requested by Associate
Director for Information Technology (AD)
* Plan assignments of tasks to team members and project leaders and
review with AD and members of the management team.
* Guide team members in detail analysis, design, programming, testing,
and documenting of applications and infrastructure projects.
* Train and coach new staff in the team and help them develop adequate
knowledge and skills necessary to support the Library's ability to
acquire, disseminate, and preserve information resources in all forms.
* Develop relationships with campus and inter-institutional peers in
an effort to facilitate collaborative work and/or obtain additional
staff resources in support of the unit
* Conduct employee performance reviews of library team members, and
provide annual performance inputs for DoIT-LIRA staff
30% Library Applications Architecture - Strategy, Analysis and Design
* Build and maintain expertise in existing library and research/
repository systems, application development platforms and techniques.
* Build and maintain expertise pertaining to the Libraries core
mission in an effort to facilitate clear communication between
academic librarians and other information professionals.
* Present descriptions of architecture, designs, plans, and
capabilities of library systems, and participate in development and
presentation of demos of these systems.
* Serve as primary contact and focal point for application development
communications with outside software suppliers and developers.
* Analyze and document needs as part of project proposal papers,
charters and other documents, including cost and schedule estimates
and system alternatives.
* Oversee design of key applications and associated data models, and
lead other information systems staff in all application and database
design projects. Review all design products of the team.
* Develop technical designs and prepare project specification papers
and other documents in support of the AD and the Library Management
* Ensure appropriate integration and compatibility among separate DoIT-
LIRA systems, LTG systems, and other campus technical environments.
Ensure compliance with campus architectural standards.
* Work with DoIT-LIRA and Library managers to review project
proposals, charters, and plans
* Allocate staff and other resources as appropriate to achieve the
goals of the team
* Provide leadership for the overall architecture, design and
evolution of the library and research/repository suite of services (in
close coordination with Library and academic/scientific research
* Provide leadership for the overall design of custom library
applications and infrastructure, including search engines, repository
management software, and web development technologies.
* Research and evaluate new software products and development
techniques from vendors and other institutions for use in Library/DoIT-
15% Library Applications Architecture - Implementation Coordination
* Establish and carry out change control procedures for improvements
and fixes to existing library systems
* Plan and lead evaluation studies of the operational system and
* Work with AD and information professionals in developing
documentation and training activities.
* Serve as consultant to library, campus and DoIT management and staff
on issues, options, and potential applications of library and research
* Serve as primary team contact for application problems with
production DoIT-LIRA staff. Insure Libraries and DoIT Help Desk are
informed about problem status, and resolve reported problems on a
* Plan and execute integration testing of subsystems, of new database
implementations, and of the whole system.
* Conduct code reviews as appropriate. Monitor techniques, standards,
and problems of programming and implementation.
* Establish techniques and models for other information systems staff,
and propagate good programming and database implementation ideas and
software reuse strategies among the application team.
* Test and exercise key programs and database implementations written
by other information systems professionals to ensure high quality and
* Plan and carry out system conversion and implementation tasks in
close coordination with the LIRA System Integration & Support team and
other appropriate Library and DoIT technical groups.
5% Professional Development
* Attend campus and external training sessions and industry
conferences in topics closely related to assigned projects and
responsibilities. Read professional literature on the same.
* Maintain current awareness of trends, methods, and technological
advances in the industry and profession, especially as they relate to
assigned projects and responsibilities.
* Disseminate information from these activities to others in the
The UW-Madison General Library System is seeking an experienced,
dedicated, and energetic individual to serve as the manager of its
Shared Development Group, a collaborative team of seven professional
library and web application developers drawn from the Library and the
campus Division of Information Technology. The individual in this
position reports to the General Library System's Associate Director
for Information Technology and directly supervises four Library staff
within SDG. In addition, the SDG manager has primary responsibility
for planning, organizing, managing, and monitoring all projects and
work carried out by the entire SDG, including DoIT members.
This position requires significant technical abilities that align with
the Library's role in the University. It also requires the ability to
lead, manage, and evaluate a team of developers who are committed to
working in collaborative ways to meet our institutional priorities. We
are, first and foremost, a university research library, and the
successful candidate will have a clear understanding of the Library's
role in the University, and the types of technologies, skills, and
systems required to advance the Library's priorities.
The SDG manager serves as a primary point of contact and coordination
between the Libraries, DoIT, and other service providers working to
support and enhance the Libraries' information technology systems. The
individual in this position will participate in technology planning
activities with both the Library and DoIT's Library, Integrative and
Research Applications Group. As a senior manager, the incumbent will
work in collaboration with librarians, IT professionals, and faculty,
ensuring that the team's insights, perspectives, and talents are
reflected in the Libraries vision for developing and advancing its
technology-based information services.
In addition to managing the personnel and day-to-day work of the SDG,
the manager is expected to provide leadership and expertise in
developing the library system architecture, development roadmaps, data
modeling, application design/testing/implementation, application
infrastructure planning, and deployment/support of the applications
used to facilitate access to and preservation of scholarly resources.
The Library's services are supported by a mix of Unix-based servers
running Sun's Solaris operating system and the RedHat distribution of
the Linux operating system. This platform supports various open source
and locally-developed applications as well as vendor-purchased
software packages. Nearly all of these services must be available to
our entire campus community of approximately 60,000 faculty, staff,
and students. With respect to application coding, the SDG uses a
variety of programming languages including Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby,
Java, C, and others. New and active projects are primarily being
developed in a mixture of Ruby (with heavy use of the Rails framework)
and Java. The SDG works extensively with Oracle, PostGres, and MySQL
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required
LIBR/LIBR TECH GROUP
Full time salary rate:
Minimum $75,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
This is a renewable appointment.
Anticipated begin date:
JANUARY 17, 2012
Number of positions:
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION
Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 30, 2011
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, send cover letter, resume and contact information for three
The first review of applications will begin on 11/30/11 and
applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please
send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing
728 State St
367 Memorial Library
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Madison, WI 53706-1418
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NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information
regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request.
Finalists cannot be gu aranteed confidentiality.
UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We
promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified
individuals to apply.