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Associate Dean for Data, Digital Strategies, & Scholarly Communication - Libraries

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Lib - Library Systems
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Library

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst Libraries, seeks a dynamic, innovative, and strategic leader to serve as the Associate Dean for Data, Digital Strategies, and Scholarly Communication (DDS). This position will provide leadership and management to re-envision data services and current workflows and build on the strong foundation already established to support technology services, emerging scholarship, and engagement in the research enterprise. The Associate Dean will oversee Data Services; the Digital Scholarship Center (DSC), which includes the Digital Media Lab (DML); Library Technology Services (LTS), which includes the Libraries’ technology infrastructure; and Scholarly Communication, which includes the Institutional Repository as well as support for Open Scholarship and Open Educational Resources. The final portfolio for this division may vary and will continue to evolve based on organizational needs, strategic visioning, and synergies at the institution.

The Associate Dean is expected to be a progressive and visionary leader with a record of innovative accomplishments and a highly effective communicator and team builder who develops and advances working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, keeping them apprised of library expertise, services and resources provided by the division, developing mechanisms for assessing stakeholder needs, and ensuring that teaching, learning, and research needs are at the forefront of decision-making processes for the division. Active participation in professional service and scholarly contributions at a national level is expected.


Essential Functions

  • Reports to the Dean of University Libraries and serves on the Library Leadership Team, actively contributing to library-wide planning, policy making, and goal-setting.
  • Oversees the development of Data Services’ research and technical expertise, infrastructure, and resources, including for the Digital Scholarship Center, Digital Media Lab, Geographic Information Services (GIS), data analytics, and data management in the Libraries.
  • Provides leadership for the development of education and outreach programming for open scholarship, research data services, data management, data visualization, research measurement and impact, and other relevant areas in support of scholarly research needs; and fosters collaboration within and outside of the Libraries to support data-intensive research.
  • Liaises with campus groups, including Office of Research and Engagement, Information Technology, and Global Affairs, to identify data/research needs and build collaborative partnerships.
  • Develops a strategic vision for digital strategies, including digital preservation and digital humanities, that unifies the Libraries’ efforts to provide support across campus and serve as a hub of knowledge and expertise.
  • Thoughtfully engages library and campus stakeholders in planning and leading implementation of inclusive technology services in support of research, teaching, and learning.
  • Provides leadership for planning, development, coordination, and assessment of the Libraries’ digital infrastructure and technology services.
  • Oversees Library Technology Services staff, including developing policies and workflows for the adoption and implementation of new technologies for the Libraries; and directs Libraries information technology initiatives that support the strategy and goals of the university.
  • Provides knowledge of platforms that support data management, digital scholarship, library publishing and open-source products that support a wide range of digital and open scholarship, repository, content management, and publishing services.
  • Provides vision, deep expertise, and active engagement with key stakeholders across UMass and beyond to ensure that UMass scholars are connected to information critical to scholarly publishing and research impact assessment.
  • Provides thorough knowledge of the research lifecycle and an academic library’s financial, technical, and expert support for the acquisition, production, provision, discovery and preservation of open and digital scholarship.


Other Functions

  • Leads strategic planning and development of programs to advance the Libraries’ Commitment to Open in service of the University’s research and teaching, and justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity (JEDI) principles.
  • Promotes copyright and information policy practice, including governmental policy interventions, educational initiatives, research and educational consultations, and library policy and practice.
  • Represents the Libraries through collaboration in a wide range of consortia and partnerships at the university, state, regional, and national levels.
  • Assembles cross-departmental teams to identify, develop, manage, and assess digital projects and applications of technology.


Organizational Values

  • Commitment to support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within libraries and institution.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective working relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment. 
  • Purposefully promote a One Library environment for all that encourages inclusion, personal growth, respect, self-reflection, curiosity, and continuous learning.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent with both law and with university policy.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in the field of library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution or its foreign equivalent, or advanced degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of seven years of relevant management and leadership experience in an academic research library.
  • Knowledge of current issues in research and data management, emergent technologies, and scholarly communication practices.
  • Experience with innovative services or technologies to develop scholarship and research programs and services.
  • Knowledge of systems or platforms including, but not limited to, institutional repositories and data repositories. learning management systems, etc.
  • Experience with data sources, such as Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, Google Scholar, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be self-directed, problem-solve, and demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, service excellence, innovation, and creativity.
  • Evidence of professional service, and a record of presentations and publications at a national level.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Management and leadership experience in the area of research and data management/services.
  • Familiarity with managing Information Technology professionals.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of bibliometrics and associate indicators such as citation counts, publication counts, journal metrics, h-index, and altmetrics etc. 
  • Experience with data visualization software such as VosViewer, Sci2, Gephi, Tableau, etc. 
  • Ability to present a story or narrative through data and visuals. 
  • Experience using languages (such as Python or JavaScript) or statistical solutions (R, SAS, SPSS) for research data analysis. 
  • Successful experience on cross-departmental teams to accomplish projects and initiatives. 
  • Experience working with DMPTool (or similar tools) to prepare data management plans.
  • Familiarity with data sharing policies for U.S. federally funded research and emerging best practices for compliance with funder requirements.


Work Schedule

  • The regular working schedule for this position is Monday - Friday, day hours.
  • The incumbent of the position is expected to work on a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information of three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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