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Position Summary The University Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative Head of the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship (ODIS), a position with the primary responsibility of providing leadership and strategic direction for digital innovation and stewardship within the broader context of the University Libraries’ and the campus strategic plans and goals. The Head will work closely with the University Press to develop new and innovation publishing initiatives. In addition, the Department Head will be a member of the Libraries Cabinet (leadership, policy and management team) and reports to the Dean of Libraries.
The Head of ODIS will be responsible for leadership, management, and planning for the services and function of the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship, which includes 10 FTE professionals and a large team of students and temporary employees. As the librarians have faculty status, the Head will have responsibility for coaching and guiding librarians through the promotion and continuing status process. The Head also will be responsible for ensuring that department planning furthers the Libraries’ goals and that appropriate quality standards are identified and met.
This is a continuing-eligible, academic professional position. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship and service.
The Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship (ODIS):
The University of Arizona Libraries’ Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship takes innovative approaches to providing programmatic oversight of the Libraries digital collections and digitization activities, provides data management services, repository services, metadata services, journal hosting and publishing services, copyright and scholarly communications services, and geospatial services for the University; oversees the Libraries’ digital preservation and digital asset management efforts, and coordinates the Libraries’ strategies of activities for exposing unique and local digital collections. ODIS is active in campus-wide efforts related to scholarly activity and research data, participating in the University’s Research Computing Governance Committee, leading the institution’s UA Vitae effort, and collaborating with both the UA’s office of research and central computing. Thru its programmatic efforts, ODIS leads and contributes to both national and international collaborative efforts to digitize, preserve and provide access to unique collections of materials. Librarians in ODIS work closely with liaisons in Research and Learning to provide expert services and resources, integrating these into critical faculty workflows and at key points across the educational continuum.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
Duties and Responsibilities
*Provide dynamic, innovative, and entrepreneurial leadership for ODIS, the broader university libraries, and university community.
*Manage a budget of approximately $1 million in personnel and services in the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship.
*Foster professional development of staff to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment; actively supports a workplace culture that values and promotes a partnership and service philosophy.
*Work closely with the Libraries’ technology and technical services units in support of the Libraries’ digital collections and digital preservation activities.
*Work closely with the University Press to develop new and innovative digital publishing efforts.
*Work closely with campus committees and groups related to research support, data management support, and capturing the scholarly outputs of the University.
*As a member of the Libraries’ senior management team, participate in the development of a shared vision for the Libraries that contributes to the mission of the University.
*Anticipate, initiate, and respond to changes in the environment, and keep abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library profession to ensure that the Libraries and the University achieve their goals.
*Embrace ambiguity in a changing environment and be committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
Additional Minimum Qualifications
*Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution; or other relevant advanced degree.
*Substantial leadership and management experience in an academic library environment or equivalent.
*Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
*Collaborative leadership with impeccable integrity.
*Initiative, optimism, flexibility, and follow through.
*Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them.
*Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others.
*Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills.
*Active scholarship and professional service sufficient for appointment at the Associate or Full Librarian level.
*Knowledge of current trends with academic research support services, including data management and data management planning.
*Knowledge and understanding of library publishing efforts and strategies.
*Knowledge and understanding of digital preservation practices in libraries and archives.
*Knowledge and understanding of digitization workflows and practices.
*Successful project management experience.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements
The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.