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Digital Lifecycle Program, Program Manager - Library

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Digital Lifecycle Program, Program Manager – Library
Hiring range: Associate Librarian to Librarian
Salary: $ 73,357-$ 98,486, per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full-time appointment with a February 2018 expected start date.

UC Berkeley is looking for a service-oriented Digital Lifecycle Program (DLP) Program Manager whose principal role will be to ensure the effective design and coordination of the DLP. S/he will be a strong technical leader with a vision for the transformative impact of digital content for libraries and scholarship. The DLP Program Manager will work closely with and lead a multi-departmental team to ensure the success of the DLP including the direct supervision of approximately 3 FTE with an overall department of approximately 8 FTE.

The program manager is primarily responsible for managing all aspects of the DLP including preparation, conversion, preservation and publication of collections that flow through the DLP. These collections will include a mix of general and archival collections, a mix of formats (e.g. print, micro-formats, media and born-digital content) and content types (e.g. pictorial, manuscript, a/v collections). This work is accomplished with a team of staff directly reporting to the program manager as well as staff across the library who will work with the program in indirect reporting relationships. The ideal candidate has expertise and passion for managing multi-threaded organization-wide projects, has considerable technical expertise in the area of digitization, digital preservation and digital content publication and has significant leadership and interpersonal skills, and communication skills required for the management of a large program.

Primarily responsible for leading the DLP, this position has direct supervision of an in-house digital conversion team, an in house digital preservation team, and program leads for various vendor-completed projects. This position co-reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Collaborative Services and the Head of Library IT.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,600 undergraduate students, 11,300 graduate students, and a faculty of 1,520. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries - including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C.V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collection budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The DLP is a major strategic initiative of the University Library, launching in FY2018 and building on significant historic efforts around digital conversion. The initiative is planned for an initial five year term subject to continuation based on successful project outcomes and available funding. The UC Berkeley Library holds over 11 million volumes and tens of millions of archival and rare objects that are the primary focus of this digital conversion program.


● Responsible for comprehensive management of the DLP including digital content conversion, preservation and publication, content identification and prioritization, communication and outreach related to the DLP
● Provide coordination and leadership in planning and implementation of system and services to support the digital lifecycle (e.g. creation/acquisition, management/preservation, discovery/access)
● Supervise imaging, digital asset management and digital preservation personnel directly and manages in a matrix approach related project personnel
● Ensure high-throughput steady-state operations for digital conversion work streams
● Lead the development of standards, policies and procedures for the DLP
● Create project plans to ensure timely and successful completion of digital lifecycle projects. Accountable for delivery of assigned projects through all project phases: initiation, execution, delivery, conclusion and assessment
● Maintain close collaborative relationships across the library including with key stakeholders such as Scholarly Communication, Preservation and regular and special collections
● Maintain close and/or matrixed working relationships with collections, technology and metadata staff to ensure the DLP’s success
● Initiate and assist in grant preparation, execution and reporting
● Engage in scholarship and service including talks, papers and other activities on project outcomes to internal and external stakeholders
● Represent UCB in national initiatives and programs related to the digital library and digital lifecycle program

Minimum Basic Qualification at Time of Application:

Masters degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution or equivalent degree in which coursework has focused on program management or in which digitization are important to scholarship.

Additional Required Qualifications by Start Date in Position:

● A minimum of two years experience leading an academic or research program of campus-wide or organization-wide scope, emphasizing the role of digital conversion, preservation and/or publication
● Demonstrated experience managing individuals and groups in direct reporting and matrix reporting relationships
● Demonstrated evidence of leadership skills, initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment
● Demonstrated knowledge of technical, legal, and information policy issues related to digital conversion and publication
● Demonstrated ability to present complex information to audiences who possess different levels of library knowledge
● Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities
● Demonstrated proficiency in persuasive written and oral communication skills
● Demonstrated project planning experience and ability to advance multiple complex projects in a team environment
● Demonstrated ability to function independently, take initiative, and set goals and priorities in a dynamic environment

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

● Demonstrated experience in an academic research library
● Experience working in different project management settings and with different project management methodologies
● Significant technical experience relevant to digital conversion, digital preservation and/or publication
● Demonstrated supervisory experience including developing personal growth opportunities and fostering and building capacity in others, including teams
● Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of managing data long term

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance and work effectively in shared decision-making environment. Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System and profession.

This academic position is covered by the UC Academic Personnel Manual (APM).

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty, non-Senate academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

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Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http:/

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources Library Human Resources Department 110 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-3778

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience.

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications.

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)