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Head of Digital Projects

Miller Nichols Library, 800 East 51st Street


The UMKC Libraries are seeking a dynamic and collaborative individual to manage digital projects for the Special Collections and Archives Division and to actively participate in the university’s growing digital scholarship initiatives.

The Head of Digital Projects (DP) is responsible for managing all digital projects for the Special Collections and Archives Division at UMKC Libraries, including digital repository collections and digital exhibits. The Head of DP will also participate in digital scholarship initiatives by providing leadership on project design and implementation, and consulting on digital exhibits, digital lifecycle management, and emerging digital technologies. The Head of DP collaboratively designs, develops, and maintains the University’s digital repository for special collections in order to support the management, digitization process, development of metadata, long-term preservation, and appropriate storage and retrieval of these collections at the University. In addition to these responsibilities, the position monitors trends and developments in library digital initiatives and recommends appropriate adoption and implementation of new technologies and methods. This position has supervisory responsibilities and reports to the Assistant Dean of Special Collections and Archives.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Coordinates and oversees all digital projects in the Special Collections and Archives Division, including projects for the digital repository and digital exhibits.
  • Provides direction and oversight for Special Collections and Archives Division staff involved in digitization of text and still images, metadata creation, ingest, digital asset management, and access to digitized and born-digital materials; coordinates with the Marr Sound Archives on digitization of audio and moving image materials; collaborates with Curators to set priorities for digitization and access.
  • Collaborates with UMKC and University of Missouri (UM) System colleagues to grow, enhance, and manage a suite of tools and services that promote sustainable and scalable digital scholarship and digital collections.
  • Works with library and external partners, including community members from underrepresented groups as appropriate, to identify and prioritize support needs, system improvement, ethical descriptive practice, and user experience for the libraries’ digital special collections repository and digital scholarship projects.
  • Participates in digital scholarship initiatives by leading in digital projects assessment and evaluation to understand project contributor support needs.
  • Oversees digital projects design and implementation, ensuring that scholarship and pedagogy projects are delivered on time and are of high quality.
  • Liaises with librarians, archivists, staff, and curators participating in digital research, education, and media technology initiatives and initiatives related to digital projects.
  • Documents and maintains digital repository and services workflows, procedures, and activities, and gathers useful resources to support digital services program development.
  • Establishes short and long-range goals that align with the Division, Library and University goals and objectives.

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Diversity Commitment
The University Libraries are fully committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of learning, diversity, integrity, accountability, respect, and collaboration.

Minimum Requirements:

  • ALA accredited MLS or a graduate degree in an appropriate discipline (history, archival management or related area)
  • 3+ years or equivalent experience managing digital collections projects or working with digital archives;
  • Successful supervisory experience or successful experience managing a team;
  • Experience working with digital asset management, digital repository, digital exhibits, and/or other digital library systems (e.g. Islandora, DSpace, Fedora, CONTENTdm, Omeka);
  • Knowledge of strategies and best practices for digital object creation, curation, delivery, and preservation;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, in teams that encompass a range of roles and knowledge;
  • Demonstrated ability to work positively and productively with diverse constituencies in a dynamic environment;
  • Potential to meet promotion requirements in non-tenure track appointment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Successful grant-seeking experience.

Salary: This is a 12 month, ranked, non-tenure track faculty position. (See the Promotion and Appointments Criteria for rank specifications.) The minimum salaries for ranks are: Librarian I $48,500, Librarian II $51,000, Librarian III $56,000, and Librarian IV $63,500. UMKC offers an excellent retirement/benefits package.

Application Instructions: Application materials must be submitted online at UMKC Human Resources. Click View Jobs and search for ID '32682' to apply. Applicants must combine all application materials (personal letter of interest with accompanying curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
Applications received by February 9, 2020 will receive priority consideration.
For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.
You may address your cover letter to: Sandy Rodriguez, Search Committee Chair. For all inquiries about the position, please contact 816-235-1531 or

Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

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