Digital Scholarship Program Manager

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Library & IT

Library and Information Technology at Bucknell is a unified organization that has evolved dramatically, shedding over time many of the distinctions that frequently separate university library and information technology departments. Library & Information Technology takes pride in its accomplishments and its important role at Bucknell. Staff members are committed to professionalism, excellence, and service through: innovation and creativity; collaboration; diversity and inclusion; integrity; trust and trustworthiness; and communication and transparency.

The Digital Scholarship Program Manager provides leadership, direction, planning and oversight for the wide-range of ongoing initiatives, including outreach, consultation and instruction and management in the development of digital scholarship programs. Working with a talented cross-functional team of staff and students from throughout L&IT, this individual leads campus efforts in faculty research in digital scholarship both within and outside the classroom. Utilizing a matrix model of management, the Program Manager helps to define and oversee a catalog of projects, develops project lifecycles, identifies team members to work on various aspects of a project and helps to guide proposals from inception to conclusion. In addition, the Program Manager is responsible for assuring that continual research and visioning of possible future programs and technology initiatives are a regular part of L&IT’s planning process. Working closely with the Executive Director, Research Services & Digital Scholarship, the Program Manager assures digital scholarship programs are effectively integrated with the broader range of technology, library and instruction programs at Bucknell. More specifically, the Program Manager works closely with L&IT staff to assure an effective integration of digital scholarship, library research services and instructional technology into a cohesive and seamless program that serves Bucknell University's academic goals. The Program Manager also works closely with relevant L&IT staff to ensure software, and licensing support are available for digital scholarship initiatives and on project and initiative management projects. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, Research Services & Digital Scholarship.

All Library & Information Technology staff members are expected to contribute to Bucknell’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Job Duties:

  • Leads in the development, maintenance, and day-to-day oversight of projects in support of digital scholarship services; helps define, assess, execute and complete digital scholarship projects of all sizes;
  • Serving as team lead, coordinates activities among team of digital scholars, librarians, data specialists, developers, instructional technologists, students and other experts;
  • Support the prioritization of projects based on impact, strategic objectives, and resources;
  • Work directly with the academic leadership, faculty and students and assure that staff are fully engaged with faculty and students providing relevant digital scholarship instruction, outreach and support in a proactive and thoughtful manner;
  • Work directly with colleagues to assure a seamless and cohesive program for faculty support of University academic goals;
  • Represent L&IT in professional capacities, national and regional;
  • Keeps up to date on trends related to digital scholarship, research data, web publishing, educational technology, digital humanities, scholarly communication, digital collections, workflow design, open access policy, repositories and metadata, assessment and digital preservation;
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the aims and needs of the University's teaching, learning and research programs through active consultation with faculty, administrators and L&IT peers;
  • As appropriate, both lead and participate in key projects and strategic initiatives related to technology identification, selection, implementation, classroom design, technology instruction, outreach and faculty/student support;
  • Work cooperatively with others and accept direction from supervisors;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a related field plus two years of demonstrated work experience with technologies related to teaching and learning in higher education;
  • Successful record of working directly in the areas of digital scholarship in an education context, with experience in teaching and/or consultation;
  • Broad knowledge of digital scholarship methods;
  • Ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Ability to articulate complex concepts across diverse audiences;
  • Ability to write clear, accurate process documentation and business communications;
  • Ability to analyze data and make local decisions based on national and local trends and to design processes that enhance services while maximizing university resources;
  • Demonstrated effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with a high priority placed on the ability to effectively undertake instruction and other public speaking engagements;
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and facilitate technology-related planning processes;
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and make local decisions based on national and local trends;
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to successfully explain complex technologies to a non-technical audience, creatively solve problems, and develop innovative solutions;
  • Demonstrated strength in relationship building and consensus building, be service-oriented, possess team leadership, and have demonstrated project management skills;
  • A commitment to contributing to a diverse workforce and campus community aligned with Bucknell University's core values.


Other Requirements:
Exempt employees are required to work as much time as is necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position without additional compensation, even if the work is performed beyond “normal” work hours.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with grant development and management;
  • Assessment and strategic planning experience



About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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