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    From: Flanders, Julia <>
    Date: Thu, May 4, 2023 at 9:25 PM
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    The Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University is hiring! We have
    just launched a search for an Associate Director–an exciting position with
    a great portfolio of interesting and important work, and room for growth.
    Please circulate to potential candidates and consider applying. The
    position will remain open until filled but application review will begin
    after May 26. Here’s the link to apply and learn more, and I am also happy
    to answer questions:–Digital-Scholarship-Group_R114480

    The full posting is included below for convenience.

    Best wishes, Julia
    Julia Flanders
    Professor of the Practice
    Director, Digital Scholarship Group
    Northeastern University

    About the Opportunity

    The Digital Scholarship Group (DSG) in the Northeastern University Library
    is excited to open a search for an Associate Director. Working within a
    warm, collaborative, and collegial environment dedicated to social justice,
    this position has broad responsibility for coordinating the research and
    development effort of the DSG group, building and maintaining relationships
    with collaborative partners, and overseeing DSG’s outreach and pedagogical
    initiatives. This position is based in Boston but is eligible for a hybrid
    work arrangement, and specific arrangements can be negotiated at the time
    of hire. This position is situated at a leading R1 institution committed to
    intensive research and meaningful educational experiences for students at
    all levels. The University Library is a vital partner in learning,
    teaching, and community-engaged research for a diverse campus community
    centered on experiential learning.


    The Associate Director has responsibility for guiding DSG’s research and
    development projects in ways that balance external funding requirements,
    the pace of our collaborative partners, and our own internal balance of
    activities and responsibilities. This position oversees the work of DSG’s
    developers and analysts on design and implementation of digital research
    projects, and ensures strong communication and documentation practices
    within the group. Working closely with other DSG and library staff, faculty
    collaborators, and students, this position leads the creation and use of
    digital archives and exhibits using our WordPress-based publication
    platform and the array of resources it draws upon including Wikipedia,
    Wikidata, Knightlab tools, and digital repositories within and beyond
    Northeastern. The AD also plays an important role in developing policies
    and practices within the group to enact our commitment to digital
    approaches that consider the ethical, social, pedagogical, and research
    implications of digital tools, methods, and data. The AD may serve as PI or
    project director on external grants and will contribute to grant-funded and
    internal projects such as the Boston Research Center, the Civil Rights and
    Restorative Justice project, and others. They may also contribute directly
    to project design and development based on specific areas of expertise.

    Within the Northeastern University Library, the DSG Associate Director also
    works closely with staff from Research Data Services, Digital Production
    Services, and University Archives and Special Collections, as well as
    external partners such as the Boston Public Library, to coordinate effort
    on shared projects such as the Boston Research Center. This position also
    has opportunities to contribute to DSG’s pedagogical activities in areas
    like high-performance computing, digital collections, and
    Wikipedia/Wikidata, and to support faculty and students in expert use of
    structured data formats and effective digital workflows.

    We warmly invite people with various skills and levels of expertise to
    apply to this position. Candidates who meet some, but not all, of the
    qualifications listed below are strongly encouraged to apply. We seek
    colleagues who are committed to building an inclusive and diverse working
    environment and who have been and remain underrepresented or marginalized
    in the field of librarianship – including but not limited to people of
    color, LGBTQ+ people, individuals with disabilities and applicants from
    lower-income and first-generation library or academic backgrounds. We
    expect this position to be an ongoing learning experience and are committed
    to supporting professional development.


    We realize that this is a lengthy list of activities and qualifications.
    There are multiple paths toward success in this position, depending on the
    successful candidate’s interests and experience. The following
    qualifications are fundamental to the position:
    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or similar training in a
    humanities, information science, data science, or other relevant discipline
    • Experience working in a position of leadership in a digital
    humanities/digital scholarship context; experience supervising staff and/or
    • Demonstrated history of experience and skill with project management;
    experience supervising technical development activities would be a strong
    • Experience working with historical and cultural heritage data or
    digitized materials
    • Commitment to thoughtful, adaptive engagement with the needs of community
    • Ability to work on multiple concurrent projects and adapt to the evolving
    landscape of digital humanities
    • Demonstrated commitment to progressing diversity, equity, and inclusion
    initiatives and practices
    • Collaborative problem-solving skills and the ability to research and
    recommend solutions as part of a participatory design process
    • Strong oral and written skills, ability to communicate across expertise
    levels and prepare project documentation
    • Enthusiasm for growing skills and developing new technical competencies

    The following skills are valuable to the position in the long term, but are
    not all essential for applicants to possess at the outset; we can provide
    • Familiarity with key digital humanities platforms and information
    standards (such as TEI, Omeka, Zotero, databases, GIS, Knightlab tools, or
    linked open data)
    • Familiarity with open-source development practices and workflows,
    preferably within an academic or non-profit environment
    • Experience with developing and leading workshops and with classroom
    • Experience working with structured data formats (for instance, XML, RDF,
    JSON, CSV, relational databases) and with data conversion, data
    enhancement, and data analysis

    Salary Grade: $93,300 to $149,285

    About the Digital Scholarship Group

    A recognized leader in the field, the Digital Scholarship Group supports
    digital modes of research, publication, and collaboration through applied
    research, systems and tools development, and consultative services. The DSG
    offers a friendly and closely collaborative work environment, and actively
    fosters the professional and intellectual development of all of our
    colleagues and collaborators, including training opportunities and

    Our team engages with faculty in the digital humanities and quantitative
    social sciences from across the university to develop digital research and
    teaching projects, organize events, plan grant-funded initiatives and
    provide training and mentorship. We also work in close partnership with
    Northeastern’s Archives and Special Collections, the NULab for Maps, Texts,
    and Networks, and with cultural heritage partners in Boston including the
    Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Public Library.

    We develop tools and platforms for working with digital artifacts and data,
    for querying and publishing them. We also provide workshops, mentorship
    opportunities, and pedagogical frameworks to the Northeastern community.
    Some of our major projects include the Boston Research Center, the Civil
    Rights and Restorative Justice Project, and the Digital Archive of
    Indigenous Language Persistence, as well as a number of digital archiving
    projects from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections. In all of our
    projects, we are attentive to inclusive and anti-racist approaches to data
    modeling, platform development, and collaborative working processes.

    About the Library

    The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University
    by working in partnership with the University community to develop and
    disseminate new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and
    professional growth, enriches the research, teaching, and learning
    environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and
    delivering information resources and services to library users.

    Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to
    recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.
    Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives
    to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group
    relations and builds cohesion.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive
    consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color,
    national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any
    other characteristic protected by applicable law.To learn more about
    Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and
    inclusion, please see

    To learn more about the Northeastern University Library’s commitment and
    support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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