Thursday, October 28, 2010

Head of Technologhy and Digital Assests/Progammer Analyst 4: Yale University, New Haven, CT

Head of Technology and Digital Assets / Programmer Analyst 4
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank: Band IV – Grade 27

Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

The Beinecke Library, one of the world's largest buildings devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the world. For further information about the Beinecke Library, consult the library's web site at:

Reporting to the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Head of Technology and Digital Assets directs software planning, development, and deployment; technology infrastructure planning, implementation and support; database technologies; and digital production activities for the Beinecke Library. Represents the Beinecke Library’s technology interests within the University Library and broader University.

Supervises staff of Dept. of Technology and Digital Assets (6 FTE), including Senior software developer, Systems and network specialist, and Manager and staff of the Digital Production Studio. Provides strategic and tactical analysis concerning the Beinecke Library’s technology and digital production requirements and goals based on a strong understanding of technological trends and the higher education environment. Works collaboratively with Beinecke Library staff to develop requirements for technology-based tools and platforms in support of Beinecke’s strategic plans and programs for user services and productivity enhancements. Leads efforts to develop technology-based tools designed to enrich the research experience of patrons of the Beinecke Library.
Directs the development or acquisition and implementation of software for the Beinecke Library, including client-server database applications as well as web-based systems and applications. Responsible for and takes a lead role in maintaining servers in the building that support Beinecke-centric applications, including web servers, database servers, and workflow production servers. Manages the implementation, schedules, and execution of the Beinecke Library’s digital scanning operation, including the acquisition or development of software applications and scripts to support workflows. Collaborates closely with staff in the Library, Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure (ODAI), and University ITS on matters of campus-wide strategy, planning, and implementation related to the [life cycle management of digital content and the development of) new services associated with access to the Beinecke Library’s digital content. Develops and analyzes metrics that emphasize performance, sustainability, and usability of tools and platforms. Serves on various Beinecke, Yale University Library, and Yale University committees in support of the Library and University’s mission. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of the Beinecke Library’s technology activities. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts.
May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of eight years of relevant experience in information technology, five of which must be as a technical manager of technical staff and functions. Project management experience. Experience with Windows server implementation and administration. Experience in database planning, development, implementation, and administration – especially SQL server. Experience working with Windows web server planning, implementation, and administration. Experience with software development for networked and web applications, including database-driven web application programming and development.

Ability to identify and analyze problems, especially in the context of technology initiatives related to special collections. Project management skills, especially the ability to devise and achieve agreed-upon completion dates for technology based projects; ability to multitask and keep priorities aligned to objectives.
Demonstrated supervisory skills, ability to work in a unionized environment. Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills, especially the ability to convey and explain, to non-technical audiences, the importance and impact of technology trends and issues relevant to the Beinecke’s operation and mission.
Well developed interpersonal skills and experience as a collegial leader and/or member of a multidisciplinary team. Demonstrated ability to work collegially with staff, researchers, and colleagues. Strong commitment to customer service, especially in the context of technology initiatives that are specific to the mission and operation of academic libraries and special collections. Management of digital production workflows as well as staffing and equipment requirements.
Demonstrated ability and commitment to the development of staff. Demonstrated skill in collaboration and negotiation. Extensive understanding of digital library technologies.

Preferred: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science, or information management, computer science, humanities computing, or a related field. Experience working in a library, academic institution, or other non-profit computing operation.

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 11362BR. Please be sure to reference #11362BR in your cover letter. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.