Associate Director-Systems

Job Level
Mid-level position
Job Category
Associate / Assistant Director
  • Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Systems / Operations

Associate Director for Systems of the Digital Scholarship Group

The Northeastern University Library is currently seeking an Associate Director for Systems within its Digital Scholarship Group (DSG). As part of the DSG leadership group, this position leads design of an overall DSG technical roadmap with the goals of scalability, integration, flexibility, and growth. Working with library colleagues, the Associate Director manages the development and/or adoption of technical infrastructure for a comprehensive digital scholarship program that supports a range of digital humanities and quantitative social sciences research projects across campus.

Can you see yourself in this position?
Your focus in this vital position will be on participation in the leadership of the Digital Scholarship Group, overall DSG technology planning, and serving as technical lead for the ongoing development of front-facing publication tools developed and supported by the DSG.
• Leadership and Technology Planning. As part of the DSG leadership team, which includes the Director and Associate Director for Programs, you will participate in strategic and tactical planning activities, and serve as the DSG’s primary liaison to the Library Technology Services team. You will lead planning activities focused on a distributed technical architecture that combines sustainable and robust repository-based services with customizable and task-appropriate workflows and publication tools. Your efforts will ensure related activities in other library units are well coordinated with DSG strategic priorities and goals, and will be coordinated with developer staff in Library Technology Services.

• Technical Lead. You will lead development of the CERES (Community Engaged Repository for Enhanced Scholarship) publishing tools. You will develop and adapt WordPress plugins, Omeka, and other tools in support of scholarly projects, as well as develop and supervise student programming opportunities in support of CERES publishing tools.

About the Digital Scholarship Group
The Digital Scholarship Group is part of Northeastern University Library’s digital scholarship services, supporting digital modes of research, publication, and collaboration at Northeastern. We provide expertise, infrastructure, and strategic guidance for researchers and projects, and we offer a wealth of activities to help you get involved and learn more.


•Master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences

•Minimum of 5 years of progressive responsibility in a digital library and/or digital scholarship environment

•Track record of administrative/leadership success in a technical or scholarly setting

•Strong working knowledge of PHP based web services, such as WordPress and Omeka

•Ability to work in an API environment and experience developing and consuming REST-based services

•Experience with programming best practices, including test-drive development and design patterns

•Knowledge of current web development standards and cross platform compatibility and accessibility techniques

•Proven ability to lead technical teams and to manage multiple concurrent projects and deliver results in a fast-paced academic environment

•Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to formulate options, develop, and recommend solutions

•Demonstrable experience in collaborative and collegial teamwork within an entrepreneurial academic environment

•Excellent oral and written skills, ability to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals, and prepare project documentation

•Experience with open-source software development and use

•Strong service focus

•Experience with developing and leading workshops and individual consultations desirable

Additional Information

To apply, please visit Applications received by June 15, 2018 will receive first consideration, though applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled