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Digital Scholarship Developer

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Founded in 1917, Providence College (PC) is a premier Catholic liberal arts institution steadfastly committed to academic excellence through a dynamic core curriculum, a distinctive Development of Western Civilization Program, and abundant experiential learning opportunities. The only U.S. higher education institution administered by the Dominican Friars, PC is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment. Providence College believes that cultural and intellectual pluralism is essential to the excellence of its academic programs, and strives to foster an academic culture and campus community reflecting the global environment in which we live and work.

The approximately 105-acre campus is situated in Rhode Island’s capital city and is close to the many cultural and educational offerings of Rhode Island’s “renaissance city.” Additionally, Providence is located an hour from Boston and just a few hours from New York City.

For years, Providence College has been recognized in the U.S. News & World Report “Regional Universities – North Category” and has been commended by several other ranking publications.

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Position Title Digital Scholarship Developer Overview
Provide strategic leadership for the design, development, and implementation of digital scholarship at Providence College. Essential Duties:
  1. Develop applications, platforms, and tools that support digital scholarship projects and initiatives through the use of extensive technical skills and knowledge of digital pedagogy best practices. Serve as the subject matter expert and main point of contact for faculty, students, and external partners in the development of project plans and prototypes for digital initiatives. Implement testing and regular stakeholder communications and provide and incorporate feedback. Develop end-user documentation and serve as an advisor and collaborator in the scaling, and reimagining of current projects.
  2. In collaboration with the Head of Digital Projects and Metadata and library administration, provide strategic guidance and critical support for the College’s Digital Scholarship program. Develop and maintain policies, procedures, and technical infrastructure for sustainable digital scholarship initiatives and projects. Act as the main point of contact for faculty, students, and other partners on research and scholarship goals. Define the technical and user requirements for digital scholarship projects and propose/recommend technologies and solutions to support them.
  3. Maintain and support ongoing digital scholarship projects with scalability and long-term viability in mind. Develop and maintain internal project documentation for continuous support of projects in all phases of their lifecycles. Respond to enhancement requests and bug reports, addressing issues as necessary. Update any component technologies and implement ongoing maintenance procedures defined by the project. Collaborate with Information Technology (serve admins, web services, etc.) to provide a solid foundation for digital scholarship and other academic computing initiatives on campus.
  4. In collaboration with the Head of Digital Projects & Metadata, create a sustainable and dynamic outreach program that engages faculty, students, and external stakeholders in digital scholarship projects and create a dynamic vision for digital scholarship at the College. Lead and participate in presentations, workshops, and meetings with faculty, staff, and external partners and colleagues to promote College projects, provide education around digital scholarship, and strengthen and develop project partnerships. Collaborate with other departments and staff within the library and other departments on campus (Office of Teaching & Learning) to enhance connections and ensure greater exposure for current projects and generate opportunities for new partnerships.
  5. Maintain awareness of changing technology standards, emerging applications and methodologies/best practices in digital scholarship, and ensure its implementation in new and existing projects. Participate in professional development activities including professional organizations, conferences, workshops, and listservs. Conduct ongoing research and communicate potential challenges and opportunities with stakeholders.
Marginal Duties:
  1. Perform all other duties as may be required.
Education and Experience Required
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution required. Master’s Degree in computer science, computer engineering, digital humanities, or data science preferred.
  • One plus years’ professional experience as a front-end developer
  • Experience in user experience and web accessibility
  • Experience with version control systems (Git)
  • Demonstrated skills in object-oriented languages such as Python, PHP, JavaScript
  • Demonstrated skills in web markup and styling ( XML, HTML5, CSS )
  • Demonstrated experience with CMS frameworks such as WordPress, Drupal, Omeka
  • Demonstrated skills with databases/search APIs, such as MySQL or Solr
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated project management abilities
  • Demonstrated ability t work collaboratively
  • Demonstrated complex and creative problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high degree of accountability
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in scholarly activity
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard
  • Communication skills using the spoken word
  • Ability to see within normal parameters
  • Ability to hear within normal range
  • Ability to move about
Employee Status Full Time Union Status Shift: If other, please enter regular schedule. EEO Statement
Providence College does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, gender, except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, or genetic information. The College will develop, and from time to time update, an affirmative action program and will insist on a good-faith effort on the part of its employees to comply with the program. The College will request and expect its agents and those with whom it conducts its affairs to meet the commitment of this important program.

Posting Detail Information

Requisition Number AS709P Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Supplemental Questions

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