Harvard University Assistant Director of Digital Strategies in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Auto req ID 42572BR
Business Title Assistant Director of Digital Strategies
School/Unit Harvard Library
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Job Function Library
Time Status Full-time
Department Harvard Library Administration
Salary Grade 058
Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Director of Digital Strategies and Innovation, the Assistant Director is responsible for driving the implementation of digital initiative projects at the Harvard Library. This position plays an important role in advancing cross library/school programs and initiatives and shaping the future of digital strategies at the Harvard Library. Examples of specific projects include the redesign of the Harvard Library website and the creation of new methods for users to discover library resources, aka Game Changing Discovery.Duties and Responsibilities:Drive strategic projects outlined in the Harvard Library Digital Strategy.Provide project management for the redesign of the Harvard Library website. Includes coordinating the RFP process and contracting, managing vendor relations, keeping the project on time and on budget.Scope, plan, and implement the game changing discovery project. Will require gathering user input and encouraging stakeholder buy in.In collaboration with the AUL for Research and Education, facilitate creation of digital scholarship services within FAS.Create, implement, and plan for the assessment of a plan for digital scholarship services training within the Harvard Library’s professional development program.Create and manage a formal assessment plan for use of digital resources and services. Track and report key project metrics and use them to identify, track, and resolve impediments to program’s success. Engage with the UX Librarian to ensure user input is part of the assessment program.Ensure alignment among stakeholders and contributors, and when alignment is absent, recommend revised approaches; keep both program team and management well informed of changes in scope and corresponding impact on time and budget.Supervise the work of term librarians, consultants, and students in the Digital Strategies and Innovation unit.Maintain strong working relationships with the repositories and units within the Harvard Library.Coordinate internal and external communication and marketing initiatives with the Harvard Library Director of Communications; this includes writing project updates and reports for staff and external stakeholders.Maintain horizon scans for trends and best practices around digital initiatives in libraries and museums.Develop strategies to present new initiatives to the Library community.
Basic Qualifications Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or closely related field7+ years of relevant professional experience in research libraries, information technology, and/ or project management3+ years of experience in planning, executing, and managing complex projects, including vendor relationship management
Additional Qualifications Strong service orientation and commitment to user service and support.Knowledge of a library environment, preferably in an academic setting.Excellent communication, collaboration, and facilitation skills.Structured thinking and strong organizational skills.Excellent writing and presentation skills.Excellent project management and time management skills.
Additional Information Harvard Library is a world-class academic library, an unparalleled resource for learning and research. Engaging users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support, Harvard Library delivers exceptional experiences to its user communities. Serving as an information hub, the Library connects users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. Engaging users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support, Harvard Library delivers exceptional experiences to its user communities. Today, Harvard Library’s holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access to these materials. At the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world’s most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society. A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials. Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at http://lib.harvard.edu/about-us and about the Harvard University community athttp://hr.harvard.edu/why-harvard . The Harvard Library is a proud member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.
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