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Digital Matters Lab Director (Research Associate or Research Librarian)

Posting Details

The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Research Associate Librarian OR Research Librarian
Department 00790 - Marriott Library - Operations
Track Non Tenure Track
New Position to Begin December 2017

The University of Utah seeks an innovative and visionary leader for their newly-created Digital Matters Lab, located in the J. Willard Marriott Library. The model candidate will provide leadership and guidance as the lab and its contributors explore new avenues of research and scholarship at the university. This is a career-line faculty appointment with funding guaranteed for the first four years and an institutional commitment to securing continued funding beyond December 2021. The model candidate will provide leadership and guidance as the lab and its contributors explore new avenues of research and scholarship at the university.

The Digital Matters Lab (DML) is a collaborative venture between the University of Utah’s College of Humanities, College of Fine Arts, College of Architecture + Planning, and J. Willard Marriott Library. The aim of the lab is to provide the space, tools, and expertise necessary for computationally-enhanced research and teaching in the arts and humanities. Currently, the DML inhabits a temporary, pop-up space in the Marriott Library, with plans to build out a much larger, more comprehensive center in the near future. The lab will include areas for collaborative work, instruction, digital fabrication, exhibition of research, and data visualization. Projects will be driven by DML staff, as well as faculty and students from the partnering colleges. We imagine the DML to be a hub of innovation and center for dynamic partnerships across the university.

Responsibilities and Duties/Position Information

Community-Building and Leadership
The Digital Matters Lab Director will guide projects relating to Digital Humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication, charting a course for the lab and the university. They will provide oversight of day-to-day operations of the Lab; help to plan and organize intellectual programming, grants, fellowships, pedagogical initiatives, and outreach. They will integrate these activities into the overall programs and services of the Marriott Library and the University. They will represent the Digital Matters Lab, serving as a liaison with University staff, faculty, and affiliated centers, as well as national and international peers.

Research Relationships and Partnerships
The Director will assist in project definition and analysis, including advising about project scope, requirements and specifications, and project design; lead development of high-level goals, intake processes, workplans, and MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) for digital project collaborations.

Trends and Strategic Directions
Working with the Research & Development team, the Director will keep abreast of new methodologies and practices relevant to digital humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication; update the Board and other staff regularly on practices, standards, events, and other developments relevant to the Lab’s long-term goals; engage in collaborative planning with colleagues across the Library to promote and support digital scholarship. Monitors emerging trends in the development of digital scholarship and digital library programs and plays a key role in strategic planning for the Marriott Library.

Research and Professional Development
The Director will pursue professional development and their own (often collaborative) research projects related to the mission of the Lab, culminating in publication of results and/or presentation at appropriate venues. The director will represent the University of Utah and Marriott Library in professional associations at the international, national, regional, and local levels and serves on inter-institutional and institutional level committees and task forces related to digital scholarship, fabrication, and digital humanities as appropriate.

Policy, Staffing, and Operations
The Director will develop the Lab’s budget; direct the preparation and submission of grants; recruit, develop, and retain talented staff; coordinate the use of all Lab resources (funding, space, personnel) within the context of the Library’s overall approach to resource management. They will be responsible for leading a group with diverse talents and interests, and will be required to develop a team-oriented work environment that encourages collaboration and flexibility.

Required and Preferred Qualifications

Required Education
Graduate study (Ph.D. preferred) in the humanities, arts, architecture, industrial design, library sciences, social sciences, or a related discipline.

Required Experience
• Demonstrated experience in an administrative position that includes supervision of personnel.
• Experience in and strong understanding of digital technologies, scholarship and the digital humanities, and relevant experience in developing and leading digital humanities scholarship projects.
• Minimum of 4 years professional experience in an academic or research library, or academic/higher education setting.
• Commitment to engage in research and scholarship and potential to achieve promotion and tenure, as demonstrated by a record of research and scholarship and an ability to clearly articulate a research agenda.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills and the ability to lead multiple projects. Ability to set schedules and meet deadlines within budgetary and time restraints.
• Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
• Familiarity with recent scholarship and emergent best practices in digital scholarship and humanities.
• Ability to apply modern pedagogical practices in in a workshop or classroom setting, and experience with effective digital pedagogy.
• A commitment to open-source code, open-access scholarship, and innovation.

Required Technology Competence:
• Microsoft Office

Preferred Education
Ph.D. in the humanities, library/information sciences, arts, architecture, design, social sciences or related discipline.

Preferred Experience
• Experience with a significant digital scholarship project.
• Familiarity with a notable digital scholarship center and/or makerspaces.
• Experience teaching humanities, arts, and/or architecture in for-credit courses.
• Experience with grant writing and management including financial and activity reporting.
• Demonstrated proficiency and capability with information technology systems in the context of an academic library.
• Ability to work with different levels of IT expertise, from novice to expert.
• Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.

Compensation: $85,000 to $100,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, outstanding medical and dental coverage, and ample and flexible paid sick and vacation time.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by September 25, 2017.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Due to the temporary nature of this position, the Marriott Library will not be able to sponsor work-authorization visas.

When prompted to do so, please upload a list of five (5) professional references.

Candidates selected for on-site interviews will be required to provide three (3) letters of recommendation.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by September 25, 2017.

Open Date 08/08/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Requisition Number PRN00136CF
Type Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission