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CODE4LIB March 2014


Job: Director of Digital Experience - Pierce County (WA) Libraries at Pierce County Libraries


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Director of Digital Experience - Pierce County (WA) Libraries
Pierce County Libraries


Leads and directs the operations and activities of the Pierce County Library
System's Digital Experience Department, including Information Technology and
Virtual Services, to deliver a unified technology experience to serve external
and internal customers in both physical and virtual worlds. This position
plans, coordinates and manages the development and implementation of
departmental plans, policies and procedures to ensure successful attainment of
the Library's objectives and goals; participates in system-wide planning;
establishes digital communities and partnerships; represents the Library to
the community; and supervises personnel.

Supervisory Relationships:

Reports to the Deputy Director; supervises managerial, supervisory,
professional/technical personnel and assigned staff. Leads, supervises and
manages a single department that collaborates with and supports all other
departments and the public.

Essential Functions:

Class specifications are intended to provide a descriptive list of the range
of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended
to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Project Management

 In alignment with the library's strategic and technology plans, and working
in concert with the Administrative Team, determines technology project

 Initiates technology projects, with multiple simultaneous projects likely.

 Identifies and articulates project goals, objectives and timelines in
written and verbal

forms for all stakeholders and partners.

 Actively monitors and manages technology projects to meet goals and
timelines; provides

load-balancing and re-prioritization when needed.

 Communicates project status to the organization in a consistent manner.

 Evaluates the effectiveness of project processes and results and
incorporatesimprovements for future projects.

Experience Design & Delivery

 Ensures the delivery of high-quality, customer focused digital services;
assists in ensuring the Library's digital services appropriately meet the
needs of the community.

 Ensures understanding of how user experience (UX), traditional IT
hardware/software, and online tools can enhance existing offerings and deliver
innovative services to customers.

 Delivers a superior and unified virtual and physical technology experience
to community and staff.

 Responds to and resolves external and internal customer inquiries and
issues. Collaboration

 Serves as a member of the senior management team and contributes to
strategic and long- range planning, program development and evaluation,
resource development, budget formulation, staff planning and development, and
allocation of resources in support of the Library's mission and goals.

 Partners with the Library's Marketing and Community Relations Director to
lead the development of the organization's user experience brand, content
creation, and online voice.

 Builds collaborative relationships and coordinates with departments and
staff in interdisciplinary environment based on customer-first initiatives.

Operations & Teambuilding

 Oversees and directs departmental operations including systems
administration, technical support, project management, Virtual Services,
network administration, telephones, web support, desktop and PCs, electronic
resources (databases) and mobile devices.

 Hires, trains, supervises, coaches, disciplines, and evaluates the
performance of personnel and consultant staff; ensures staff compliance with
Library and departmental policies, procedures and service standards.

 Negotiates technology vendor and consultant contracts; manages vendor and
consultant contracts and relationships.

 Translates the Library's vision and strategy for the department; determines
and articulates how technology can be effectively utilized to achieve those
goals and strategies; understands and embraces public service goals and

 Develops annual and multi-year objectives for the department, monitors and
reports progress towards meeting them; leads development and implementation of
technology and virtual services plans.

 Inspires staff to keep abreast of emerging technologies; facilitates ongoing
learning opportunities for staff to remain current in their technology


 Develops and administers the Department's budget; monitors and authorizes


 Discovers emerging customer technology needs; leads library-wide efforts to
analyze and plan for library and customers' current and emerging service and
technology needs; plans, develops, recommends and implements effective
technological responses.

 Conducts technology research and identifies solutions to existing technical

 Analyzes data, processes and procedures relevant to library customer service


 Stays apprised of contemporary issues, trends and developments in technology
and public

library services. IT Infrastructure

 Assesses, develops and maintains sustainable IT infrastructure which ensures
successful customer experience and utilizes current and emerging technologies.

 Plans and deploys new technologies.

 Ensures front-line staff have tools needed to serve the customer.

 Determines balance between in-house infrastructure and outsourced services

UX, IT, SaaS, cloud services, etc.). Virtual Communities

 Engages library in and provides service to digital communities and
customers; builds partnerships; builds connections across the IT, UX and
online communities and helps attract and retain great library technologists.

 Leads coordination and assessment of virtual services operations and

 Ensures creation and delivery of customer focused services through the use
of focus

groups and user experience testing. System

 Identify innovative and effective approaches and solutions to system and
service needs.

 Serve as trusted and credible strategic advisor to upper management.

 Brings matters of public concern regarding waste, inefficiency, corruption,

discrimination, and safety to the attention of Library Management.

 Accurately communicates the Library's policies to members of the public in
all job-related contacts.

 Positively reflects Pierce County Library's mission, vision, and values to
members of the

public and to staff.

 Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Required Knowledge of:

 Current trends and developments in the field of information technology, user
experience, online tools and public library service.

 Library-specific technologies including the Integrated Library System (ILS),
patron self- service, materials handling, and others.

 Supervisory principles, practices and methods.

 Preparing and administering budgets, including multi-year capital budget

 Principles and practices of information technology, user experience, mobile
devices and service, and user testing.

 Prototyping.

 Project management principles and processes.

 Multiplatform computer devices and software, including desktop systems,,
mobile computing

(including tablets, phones and other devices) and emerging technologies.

 Customer service standards and protocols.

Required Skill in:

 Project management.

 Planning, developing and delivering user focused digital services in a
diverse computing

environment including traditional IT hardware/software, mobile technology, and
online tools

and resources.

 Fostering innovation and creative solutions through leadership, environment,


 Demonstrating management-level leadership, and leading cultural change.

 Project and team management, and meeting deadlines.

 Supervising, leading, coaching, and delegating tasks and authority.

 Critical thinking and problem solving; analyzing data, processes and
procedures; applying

judgment in determining options and implementing solutions.

 Collaborating successfully with departments and staff in team-based

 Professional and effective written, oral and online communication with
ability to readily

adapt to diverse people and situations; active listening; facilitating
communication across

departments and locations.

 Effective organizational skills, including ability to multitask and manage
multiple projects

and adapt to changing priorities.

 Overseeing IT work and projects and maintaining computer networks.

 Developing and administering budgets and monitoring expenditure.

Minimum Qualifications:

 A Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, library and
information science, management information systems, user experience, human-
computer interaction or relevant field, with a Master's or Graduate degree

 Five years' experience directing or managing information technology
operations and online services in a customer service environment, including
supervisory experience; OR,

 Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required
knowledge and skills and allows successful performance of the job.

Licenses, Certifications, and Special Requirements:

 A valid Washington State Driver's License is required.

 Must pass local police and Washington State Adult/Child Abuse records check
prior to hire.

 The ability to work evenings and weekends on a rotating schedule and to
adapt to schedulechanges on short notice is required.


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