Director For Digital Library Development & Systems
University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia,
is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This
historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities
in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded
schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing
education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to
scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The
University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a
range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its
historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide
variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for
work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent
healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous
retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities,
supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs
and resources, and much more.

The mission of Digital Library Development and Systems (DLDS) is to provide
reliable, sustainable support to a complex organization dependent on the
quality of IT performance. Its mandate includes systems infrastructure, a
portfolio of enterprise services, and resources critical to digital projects,
which together are the foundation for many Library programs serving teaching,
research and learning, collection building, content curation, and a host of
internal business processes. As the principal architect of this foundation,
the Director for Digital Library Development and Systems effectively manages a
wide range of relationships, with Library clientele foremost, followed by
leaders in IT and academic support at Penn, Penn's institutional partners, and
the library vendor community.

Reporting to the Director for Strategic Initiatives and Technology Services,
the Director for Digital Library Development and Systems (DLDS) is a principal
voice in IT strategy, sharing knowledge with staff, and providing strategic
intelligence, and good judgment to planning and policy formation. The Director
executes strategic IT decisions for the enterprise, and is the front-line
leader of day-to-day operations, the DLDS service portfolio, staff, all in
support of the aspirations and strategic goals of the Penn Libraries. DLDS
operations are broad, ranging from computing and data infrastructure to
applications design, digital development, software life-cycle management, and
technology support for enterprise services, such as the Integrated Library
System, the Expertise@Penn researcher service, and the Library data
warehousing platform, MetriDoc. The Director serves as a key liaison between
the Penn Libraries and Penn's central Information Systems and Computing (ISC)
unit as well as with other technology operations on campus and institutional
partners on the national scene. The Director also serves as a member of the
Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries' Administrative Council.

Bachelor's degree in computer science or information science and a minimum of
six years of progressively responsible and productive experience in
information technology, including substantial experience leading and managing
information technology staff at all levels, or equivalent combination of
education and experience required.

An additional graduate degree (MIS, MLS, or MS in computer science) preferred.
A record of leadership that promotes teamwork and project development and
completion (on time and on budget!); a deep understanding of information
technologies and their application in a research library environment and the
ability to effectively communicate complex technical issues to a diverse set
of stakeholders. Must have the ability to work independently and as a member
of a team, as well as possess a commitment to providing strong and consistent
customer service. Demonstrated effective communication and management skills
are prerequisites for success.

Experience working in an academic research library, library consortium, in the
vendor community that supports research libraries, or in a higher education
situation preferred, but not required.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,
color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or
ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any
other legally protected class.

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