Are you an experienced digital humanities scholar-practitioner with a strong background in project management and public service? The University of Virginia Library seeks an energetic, adaptable leader for the digital consultation services and intellectual programming of our internationally-respected Scholars’ Lab. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented, eager to work collaboratively with diverse faculty and staff, and able to muster and effectively communicate U.Va. Library’s deep resources for digital scholarship. This supervisory position is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Scholars’ Lab and, together with the heads of Graduate Programs and Research & Development, completes the leadership team reporting to the director of the Library’s Department of Digital Research & Scholarship.
The Head of the Scholars’ Lab should have a strong service ethic, broad technical knowledge, and ability to collaborate as a partner with faculty and graduate students, enabling next-generation digital scholarship in a library lab setting. He or she should also be able to take good advantage of the “20% time” afforded to all Department of Digital Research & Scholarship to pursue professional development and their own (often collaborative) research projects related to the mission of the Scholars’ Lab. This is a full-time, permanent managerial and professional staff position at U.Va.
Primary Responsibilities: Community-building and Leadership: strategic leadership of digital humanities services, oversight of day-to-day operations, design of intellectual programming and instruction, and collaboration with local and national/international peers; Project-based Collaborations: coordinates development of high-level goals, intake processes, workplans, and MoUs for digital project collaborations, in consultation with departmental, Library, and University partners; Research and Professional Development: pursuit of own scholarly R&D agenda related to the humanities or social sciences with publication of results and/or presentation at appropriate venues.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills: Strong knowledge of digital humanities history, technologies, and intellectual directions. Strong public service orientation and interest in guiding scholarly projects from conceptualization to implementation and audience-building. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to present complex technical information to non-specialists and a clear understanding of the perspectives and needs of scholars. Previous experience in public service in an academic library setting preferred.
Education: Graduate study (PhD preferred) in a field related to humanities scholarship or humanistic aspects of social or information science.
Experience: 5+ years’ experience with project management and/or hands-on development of digital projects related to digital humanities or cultural heritage. Supervisory experience preferred.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, and expected to range between approximately $60 and $85k per annum. Excellent benefits, TIAA/CREF and other retirement plans along with generous funding for travel and professional development.
To Apply: Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
Apply through the University of Virginia online employment website at https://jobs.virginia.edu/.
Search by posting number 0612479, complete application, and attach cover letter and CV, with contact information for three current, professional references.
For assistance, contact Al Sapienza at (434) 243-8636.