Head of Digital Strategies

Smith College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time

If you have any questions about the position or our application process, reach out to us at recruiting-u@smith.edu .

Libraries Job Description

Job Summary

Under the direction of the director of Discovery, Access & Digital Engagement, provide digital stewardship for the libraries’ special and general collections including planning, implementation, and assessment of current systems & information architecture, and guidance on new technologies and processes. Develop strategies for managing born digital resources, how to discover them, and make them accessible to a wide audience. In alignment with the libraries efforts, support the Smith Museum of Art and Botanic Garden in creating and sustaining digital strategies for their collections. Keep current on emerging technical and governance developments on digital repositories, digital library technologies, and accessibility practices. This leadership role will further develop established working relationships with libraries’ partners (Information Technology Services (ITS), Imaging Center, Smith College Museum) and Five Colleges creating shared projects and workflows, and communicating developments in the digital library technologies landscape.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions


Supervise 1-3 staff. Lead goal setting for digital strategies and projects, responsible for budget planning and management.

Stewardship of digital collections:
  • Provide digital stewardship for the libraries, museum, and botanic garden collections including planning, assessment of current systems and information architecture and guidance on new technologies and processes.

  • Develop strategies for preserving and discovering digital content.

  • Support and assess digital asset management.

Digital content management and access:

Institutional Repositories:
  • Develop infrastructure for institutional repositories, including ScholarWorks, Open Educational Resources (OER) content and other such repositories.

  • Evaluate Institutional Repository software and workflows, guide development and assessment, and responsible for support.

  • Manage the software, storage, and technology of institutional repositories.

  • Work with the Discovery, Access & Digital Engagement staff to ensure that digital collections are cataloged and discoverable.

  • Strategize with the Learning, Research, and Technology department on SCL’s OER programming.

  • Develop, maintain and assess the necessary infrastructure to maintain Open Educational Resources as well as making them discoverable and accessible.

Five College COMPASS:
  • Digital Collections.

  • Collaborate with Special Collections, ITS, Five College library committees, and technical consultants/vendors on digital library content access and delivery through the COMPASS portal.

Born Digital Content:
  • Develop strategies for managing born digital resources, how to discover them and make them accessible to a wide audience.

Digital Scholarship:
  • Member of the Digital Scholarship Team bringing staff from across libraries, museums and ITS together to address common digital scholarship opportunities and issues.

  • In collaboration with the team and the Learning, Research and Technology staff, provide outreach and consultation to faculty and staff around development of digital scholarship ideas and projects.

Other Functions

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program; 5 years of relevant professional library experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills; accuracy and attention to detail; ability to organize and prioritize work effectively; ability to work independently and as part of a team; Knowledge of digital copyright and accessibility issues. Experience working with institutional repositories, digital asset management, and preservation software, technology. Knowledge of current metadata and cataloging practices. Some supervisory experience preferred.

Additional Information

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . Be sure you have provided all attachments before submitting your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

June 6, 2022

Compensation Grade:

Grade G

Position Type:


About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at recruiting-u@smith.edu .

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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