Assistant Director of Digital and Open Scholarship – Princeton University Library – Princeton, NJ

The Assistant Director of Digital and Open Scholarship will lead the newly formed Digital Scholarship Program, supervising a core team of librarians and specialists and providing leadership on coordinated digital scholarship services and open scholarship initiatives throughout the library. Reporting to the Director of Research Data and Open Scholarship, the Assistant Director will develop a unified, sustainable set of services and resources in support of digital methods and open scholarship practices, including consultative services, training and guidance in relevant tools and resources, community engagement, and digital project advice and support. They will build strategic partnerships and engage directly with University researchers and other stakeholders to ensure that services are strategically aligned with and responsive to the evolving research landscape. Candidates for this newly created position must have a strong desire to collaborate closely in the development of digital products, projects, services, and infrastructure that benefit research and scholarship and support PUL and the University’s values and mission.

The Assistant Director will:
• Oversee day-to-day operations of digital scholarship services and infrastructure
• Provide leadership on PUL open scholarship programs and initiatives
• Engage with librarians, researchers, and other stakeholders to identify ongoing needs and plan strategically to address them
• Stay current with trends and tools available in digital and open scholarship
• Work effectively with collaborative partners to create a connected ecosystem of services and training in digital and open scholarship
• Coordinate technical support and training in the use of tools and workflows to support digital research methods
• Provide consultative support for faculty-led digital projects
• Work with colleagues and researchers to identify appropriate tools, platforms, and resources for digital projects and open research practices
• Develop community engagement strategies and partnerships for supporting digital research projects
• Identify opportunities for impactful engagement in digital scholarship by PUL
• Advance digital research methods and open scholarship practices in interdisciplinary contexts

Duties & Responsibilities
• Lead the overall vision, planning, development, implementation, advancement, and assessment of digital and open scholarship services and associated projects of the Digital Scholarship Program
o Engage with librarians and researchers and the broader research community to identify ongoing needs and plan strategically to address them
o Maintain current awareness in the field and actively engage in local, national, and international initiatives and other professional activities promoting the development of open research, digital scholarship, and digital humanities services and technologies
o Develop policies and participate in service governance for effective orchestration of and long range planning for infrastructure, staffing, and related resources, and to ensure that the Program’s services align with PUL’s strategic priorities and North Star statements
o Enthusiastically support diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and belonging

• Manage day-to-day operations of Digital Scholarship services and infrastructure
o Recruit, develop, supervise, mentor, and support core Program staff; ensure effective integration of their team with collaborating staff
o Coordinate and contribute to the web presence of the Program
o Provide project advice and coordinate support to researchers
o Support University scholars in navigating the digital scholarship landscape
o Provide effective project management for Program initiatives
o Advance digital research methods in interdisciplinary contexts

• Work effectively with collaborative partners to create and maintain a resilient, connected network of services and training in digital and open scholarship
o Maintain ongoing relationships with librarians, researchers and other campus stakeholders to identify key and emerging tools, platforms, and resources for digital projects and effective open research practices
o Develop strategies and partnerships for supporting digital research projects
o Develop coordinated resources that support and promote effective open research practices

• Ensure effective community engagement for digital and open scholarship programs and services
o Pursue opportunities for impactful engagement in digital scholarship by PUL
o Coordinate digital and open scholarship event programming
o Work with PUL Communications staff to ensure digital scholarship programs and services are effectively communicated to the University community and beyond

Formal Education Requirement: Advanced degree in any research-oriented field or equivalent experience

Work Experience: Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience collaborating to enable innovative digital research methods

Required Knowledge, Skills, Competencies, Abilities
• A record of progressively greater responsibility in engaging with and managing digital scholarly projects at an academic institution and/or in complex cross-organizational initiatives
• Experience leading and inspiring teams to effectively collaborate in the development and delivery of projects and services
• Experience with current technologies for digital scholarship and the ability to advise on their adoption and use
• Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to open research practices
• Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly applications of digital tools, metadata standards, and data encoding standards
• Familiarity with and understanding of emergent best practices in digital scholarship and open research
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Experience teaching and providing consultations to students and faculty with varying levels of expertise in digital and/or open research practices
• Ability to work collaboratively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students
• Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities
• Demonstrated experience with project management involving teams
• Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills
• Demonstrated interest in data-informed approaches to leadership and planning

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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