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Digital and Data Science Specialist

Lewis and Clark College
Oregon, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 6, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other, Chief Technology & Information Officers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Details

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Working at Lewis & Clark College

The campus is located on 137 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Portland’s southwest hills. Our strong commitment to sustainability is reinforced through recycling programs, energy conservation, alternative transportation options, and farm to fork initiatives. For benefit-eligible positions, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, dental, vision, tuition, life insurance, retirement and more.

Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

About the Position

The Digital and Data Science Specialist performs advanced technical and creative work essential to college data science curriculum, library digital services, and library systems. The Specialist configures and administers data science servers and applications and helps create and maintain documentation for end users. The Specialist works to support Data Science curriculum by developing workshops and assisting faculty members with technical aspects of assignments and labs. The Specialist also helps support general library systems and digital initiatives projects, ranging from web development to configuration and customization of content management software like Omeka and Wordpress. The Specialist participates in library committees and related activities as needed.

This position is funded by the Data Science SEM initiative. Continuation of employment at 1.0 FTE is dependent on the continuation of funding received to support this position.

This position is represented by the Lewis & Clark College Support Staff Association Local 4912 of the American Federation of Teachers.

The current LCCSSA Bargaining Agreement can be found here: /

Review of applications will begin August 2nd.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter

  • Diversity Statement

What You'll Do

Technical Activities - Support technical infrastructure for Data Science activities (50%)

  • Provide system administration for unix/linux servers, including those providing high performance computing and data science functions. Duties include user creation, software installation, and system configuration.

  • Perform periodic update and maintenance on servers.

  • Provide systems support for Watzek Library in coordination with the Head of Digital Services.

  • Perform systems-related tasks to support library systems infrastructure. This could include writing custom web scripts for the library discovery layer or web site, managing archival software and backups, and custom scripting for staff-side interfaces to improve workflow.

Communication / Documentation / User Support (25%)

  • Assist users with applications.

  • Write documentation for end users.

  • Support Data Science activities through workshop development, and assignment collaboration.

  • Identify opportunities to enhance data science adoption across disciplines, and develop content/programming. This could include working with faculty members to develop assignments, creating notebooks in programming languages such as R or Python.

Project Development / Management (20%)

  • Independently manage assigned projects to meet deadlines and achieve deliverables.

  • Negotiate project parameters with colleagues and stakeholders. In some cases lead task force charged with a digital project.

  • Work with stakeholders both in and out of Watzek Library to develop digital initiatives projects. Could include Omeka or Wordpress sites for class projects, online exhibits to support Special Collections, or custom web presences for faculty research or courses. These projects will be divided among the (D(D)SS) and Head of Digital Initiatives.

Supervising and Training (5%)

  • Supervise daily activities of students and train students to support Data Science activities.

Must Haves
  • Bachelor's degree.

  • 1 year of experience in job-related activities (can include internships).

  • Programming experience

Nice to Haves
  • 3 years of job related experience.

  • 2 years experience with scripting languages

  • 2 years experience with systems administration

  • Library systems management experience

  • Competence with Git/Github

Work Schedule
  • 37.5 hours per week

Pay Rate
  • LCCSSA Grade 16 ($27.73/hr)

  • Benefits Eligible: Yes

Directions for Cover Letter

Please upload your cover letter on the My Experience screen in the resume section.

Lewis & Clark College adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to educational programs, activities, employment, and admission. We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical or sensory disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employment- and disability-related non-discrimination policies. Title IX inquiries may be directed to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators

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Reasonable Accommodation

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

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