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Head of Scholar’s Lab Graduate Programs at UVA

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
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.

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