Executive Director, Research Services & Digital Scholarship

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
Executive Director
  • Curriculum / Program
  • Information Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Research
  • Services / Service Management

Job no: 496209
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Library & IT

Bucknell University (www.bucknell.edu) seeks a leader with a vision for innovation in library services and resources to assume the newly created position of Executive Director, Research Services & Digital Scholarship (RS-DS). Reporting to the Vice President for Library & Information Technology (L&IT), the Executive Director will join a team committed to ensuring that Bucknell’s integrated Library and IT organization sustains a culture of innovation, inclusiveness, and excellence in service to the students, faculty, and staff of the University.

The Executive Director, RS-DS will provide strategic and operational direction to two departments within L&IT: 1) Research Services & Information Literacy, which supports information resource evaluation and selection, assignment design, research skill and information literacy development through classroom and individual instruction, and direct assistance to students and faculty in their scholarship and 2) Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship, which partners with students and faculty to drive the integration of technology in teaching, learning, and research, and leads campus efforts in faculty research in digital scholarship.

The Executive Director, RS-DS will be an innovative leader with strong collaboration and interpersonal skills and an articulate vision for the role of technology and library services that supports teaching, learning, and scholarship in a premier liberal arts university setting. They will be an agent of change, sustaining classic library programs that remain relevant to 21st century while cultivating high-impact resources in emergent fields of theory and practice.

Well-qualified candidates will have proven experience as a skilled and empowering leader and manager, demonstrated appreciation for and participation in efforts and initiatives designed to recruit and retain a diverse and high-performing staff, budgetary experience, and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with constituencies across the campus community – including the ability to translate technical issues and terminology into language understood by the broader community. Significant experience in progressively responsible leadership roles in information technology and/or library services is required, as is a master’s degree; a terminal degree such as MLS or PhD is preferred. 

Bucknell University has engaged Opus Partners to support the Executive Director, Research Services & Digital Scholarship search. Please contact Katie Dean, Associate Partner, (katie.dean@opuspartners.net ) to apply or to learn more. All communications will be managed confidentially.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.


Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.


Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.


The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.


The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.


Advertised: 16 Jan 2019 Eastern Standard Time