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Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown University, Providence, RI

Are you an experienced leader in the field of digital scholarship? Have you managed projects, practitioners, spaces, and intellectual programs? Do you thrive in a collaborative and fast-paced environment? Are you ready to lead a well-developed team of digital researchers and digital librarians?

The Brown University Library is delighted to announce a new position: the Director of its Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). CDS is a locus for digital activities at Brown, providing expertise and training in text analysis, text encoding, data management, geospatial analysis and data, digital publishing and scholarly project management. Members of CDS partner with faculty and students on developing and sustaining digital projects. They work closely with Library staff and other groups on campus to develop digital projects and support scholarly communication. The Library recently created the Digital Scholarship Lab and Digital Studio -- collaborative spaces for faculty and students to engage in visualization, video and audio production, 3D printing, and creative teaching and research - which is managed by CDS.

We seek an enthusiastic, strategic, and well-organized leader to provide vision for the Center as well as direction and oversight for the Library's digital scholarship services, spaces, and operations. As the direct supervisor of the Data Visualization Coordinator, Digital Humanities Librarians, the Social Sciences Data Librarian, and the Scientific Data Management Specialist, the Director manages and coordinates CDS outreach and work on research projects across the disciplines. The Director develops and promotes the Library's intellectual programming related to digital scholarship and partners with members of the Library's leadership team and specialists throughout the library to integrate CDS's goals and activities into the overall services and strategic directions of the Brown University Library.


  • Advanced degree preferred (or equivalent experience) in the humanities, social sciences, or library or information science with a focus on digital scholarship or data curation.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in an administrative position that includes successful management and supervision of personnel, as well as demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Significant and progressively responsible experience engaging with and managing digital scholarly projects at a major academic institution.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Experience with current technologies for digital scholarship and the ability to advise on hardware and software purchasing and implementation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly applications of digital tools, metadata standards and data encoding standards.
  • Evidence of research or publication on topics relating to digital scholarship as well as participation in national or international committees and collaborative efforts.
  • Familiarity with recent scholarship and understanding of emergent best practices in digital scholarship.
  • Familiarity with data curation and data management practices across the disciplines.
  • Successful experience with grant writing and management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

To Apply: please visit Brown University's career opportunities website at: and reference REQ131042. Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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