Director, Center for Digital Research & Scholarship
New York City
The Columbia University Libraries seeks a motivated, collaborative, and
forward-thinking professional to lead its Center for Digital Research and
CDRS works to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia
by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative
digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery,
analysis, data curation, and preservation. The Center engages in extensive
outreach, education, and advocacy to ensure that the scholarly work produced
at Columbia University has a global reach and accelerates the pace of research
across disciplines. CDRS is one of five entities that comprise the Digital
Programs and Technology Services branch of the Columbia University Libraries.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology
Services, and managing a department of four direct reports and twelve indirect
reports, the Director will:
- Provide leadership and develop strategic priorities for CDRS programs and services, including short-term and long-term planning.
- Oversee CDRS operations including budgets, facilities, technology, grants and projects. Manage staff by directing and evaluating performance and providing leadership and guidance.
- Coordinate with other Libraries divisions, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR), and academic schools and departments in the development, implementation, and support of CDRS projects and services.
- Promote the work of CDRS within the University and represent Columbia in campus, regional, and national forums in areas related to the work and mission of CDRS.
- Prepare grant and funding proposals to support and extend the work of CDRS. Provide periodic assessment and review of the impact of CDRS.
The Director is expected to work closely with other Libraries directors, the
Office of Research Administration, and other offices in order to raise the
University community's awareness of research and scholarly communications
issues in order to increase the utility and impact of research and scholarship
produced at Columbia University. S/he will also represent Columbia in
international and national discussions, and is expected to maintain a high
profile, participate in key groups and committees, and publish and speak on
matters related to digital research and scholarly communications.
As one of the world's leading research universities, Columbia University in
the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a
dynamic multicultural intellectual community. The Columbia University
Libraries comprises a diverse, collegial and engaged staff committed to
furthering the University's teaching and research mission through innovation,
leadership, collaboration and a commitment to excellence.
Columbia University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and
strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to strongly
consider this leadership position.
Minimum Degree Required: MLS or PhD or equivalent
All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the
position. - Significant experience working in a research university or other
appropriate setting demonstrating knowledge of research and scholarly
communications, digital service development and delivery, scholarly publishing
and developments and issues in higher education
- Demonstrated knowledge of research and scholarly communications, digital service development and delivery
- Demonstrated ability to manage, including budget, and ability to recruit, lead, and motivate a team of technical, operations, and project staff
- Demonstrated commitment to supporting and working in a culturally diverse and collegial environment
- Experience in designing, developing and implementing new systems, services, programs for broad user communities
- Demonstrated ability to organize, manage and launch new programs
- Ability to work in a large, complex, decentralized organizational environment
- Ability to develop new resources to support the work of the office, including grants, funding proposals and partnerships
- Knowledge of copyright and related issues
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Preferred Qualifications: - An advanced degree relevant to digital
scholarship, scholarly communications and/or research
- Experience working with the academic publishing industry
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