Director, Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship

at University of Notre Dame (view profile)
Location Notre Dame, IN
Date Posted May 22, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Education Requirements MLIS or PhD
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 54,000
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Twitter Handle @NDLibraries



The University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries seek a visionary, creative, and collaborative full-time faculty Director of the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship (NFCDS). The Director leads a robust, broadly interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff members, as well as student workers and guest postdoctoral researchers, and manages the NFCDS strategic direction, service portfolio, and operations. The university is undergoing a rapid expansion of digital programs (including the concurrent hiring of two additional NFCDS faculty), and the successful candidate will thrive in a culture of innovative service, strengthening the role of the Hesburgh Libraries as a support hub and partner for digital literacy, multimodal digital publishing, digital ethics, GIS research, research data management, data and statistical science, digital humanities scholarship, media archaeology, and other kinds of computational research and teaching. As the leader of an endowed center, the Director must possess excellent budget management skills, be eager to build research and service relationships across campus, and represent the University, the Libraries, and the Center at regional, national, and international levels.

About the Center

Launched in 2013, the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship provides digital scholarship expertise to faculty and students across disciplines via outreach, instruction, consultation, and research collaboration. Endowed with a $10 million gift by the Marilyn & Rudolph M. Navari Charitable Foundation, the Navari Family CDS occupies an 8000 square foot facility within the flagship library of the University of Notre Dame. Its faculty publish major scholarly research, and have both embedded themselves in undergraduate- and graduate-level courses, and taught their own credit-bearing seminars. To support these activities, the Navari Family CDS offers specialized technologies and technology-enriched spaces, including a legacy technology collection, computer stations with specialized software, a makerspace, and a visualization studio. The Center’s current personnel consists of eleven faculty and staff (including an assistant director), student assistants, and a postdoctoral fellow. With established partnerships campus-wide, the Navari Family CDS serves as a hub that enhances the teaching, learning, and research processes across academic disciplines.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for the development, maintenance, and support of digital scholarship services, programming, and research
  • Manages a current team of eleven faculty and staff, fostering collegial teamwork between the center’s team, student workers, TAs, and postdocs
  • Builds and maintains strategic partnerships and collaboration within the Libraries, with other campus constituencies (such as the Digital Humanities Steering Committee, the Center for Social Science Research, the Center for Research Computing, the Lucy Institute for Data and Society, the Technology Ethics Center, the Idzik Computing and Digital Technologies Program, the John J. Reilly Center, the Office of Digital Learning, and the Data Science program), and with external peers
  • Conducts original research in digital scholarship and/or disciplinary expertise with regular publications and other contributions to appropriate professional fields.
  • Manages the NFCDS budget for overall operations and professional development
  • Stewards a responsive business model that supports NFCDS research and services, including the pursuit of significant endowments, grant awards, and fellowship opportunities
  • Represents NFCDS priorities within the organization, including as part of the Libraries’ executive leadership team
  • Provides for the management of NFCDS spaces, technologies, and resources, including the Legacy Technology Collection
  • Leads workshops on topics related to personal digital scholarship strengths; the incumbent is not required to, but may, instruct or co-instruct credit-bearing classes, in accordance with background and expertise
  • Engages with and contributes to national conversations relating to digital scholarship, demonstrating a thorough understanding of trends


Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent degree, or other advanced academic degree, such as a disciplinary PhD
  • Record of publication and other scholarly achievement
  • Supervisory experience within an academic or research setting
  • Budget management experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively and network with a diverse population, across disciplines and campuses
  • Proven project success in fields such as digital humanities, digital science, digital social sciences, digital art, or data science
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Exceptional organizational and team-building skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of ethical issues in research generally and digital scholarship specifically


  • Ph.D. or another terminal degree in a relevant discipline

Application Instructions

Salary and Benefits:

Appointment salary and rank are competitive, commensurate with experience, and qualifications.  The Director, Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship is a non-tenure track member of the Library Faculty. The University offers an excellent benefits and annual vacation package.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the application deadline is July 13, 2020.