Repository Services Manager

at Washington University in St. Louis (view profile)
Location St. Louis, United States of America
Date Posted December 18, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $52,943
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Reporting to the Head of the Digital Library, the Repository Services Manager will develop, coordinate, deliver, monitor, assess, and advance the services, infrastructure, and operations for the University Libraries’ digital repository and management of digital assets generated by the Libraries and campus community partners. The incumbent will be responsible for creating a customer-first approach to developing technical infrastructure and requirements for the Libraries’ digital repository, delivering robust repository services, and maintaining related technical resources for supporting the University’s mission of preserving and disseminating Libraries’ digital collections and the diverse scholarly output produced by students, faculty, and research affiliates at Washington University.


1. Manages the full spectrum of daily operations of the digital repositories at WU Libraries including technical infrastructure, client services, and content management. The work of the incumbent will include supervising staff for metadata management and content strategy; directing content strategies and policies for repository content, managing the ingest and curation of content, developing appropriate workflows and schema for ingesting and maintaining data and digital materials, and coordinating the training and work of Libraries staff on use and workflows of the digital repositories.
2. Collaborates with Library colleagues to develop technical infrastructure, workflows, and programmatic strategy across the WU Libraries for digital repository platforms, including digitized Special Collections, open access publishing, open educational resources, and management of other digital assets.
3. Develops and implements procedures, workflows, and other necessary documentation for the institutional repository, in consultation with colleagues within the WU Libraries.
4. Consults with faculty and researchers in relevant program throughout the WU community to promote the retention and accessibility of research output, promotes the repository to the campus community, and solicits content from university stakeholders.
5. Professional Development and Service: Serve on Library committees and groups. Represents the Libraries on campus, nationally, and internationally in appropriate professional venues, and engage in professional activities outside of the University to stay up to date on developments in digital repository services and related professional areas.

Required Qualifications

• ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree; Bachelor’s degree plus at least five years of experience, advanced degree in a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
• Experience with digital repositories and content management systems (e.g., Samvera Hyrax, Islandora, Fedora Commons, DSpace, Invenio).
• Ability to work effectively and efficiently without direct supervision.
• Ability to learn new technologies and instruct others in their uses.
• Experience in managing user-centered services.
• Knowledge of trends, issues, and resources in digital library development, scholarly communications, open access, and/or research data management in academic libraries.
• Strong commitment to high quality service.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on projects across a wide range of departments and for varying audiences.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written.
• Strong desire to learn new skills and adeptness to doing so.
• Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage projects.
• Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working in a large academic, cultural heritage, or research institution.
• Demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices.
• Ability to work with faculty and researchers in consultations.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective digital projects both independently and collaboratively, including managing multiple and simultaneous projects.
• At least two years of supervisory experience, especially for technical operations and project work.
• Project management experience with complex digital initiatives involving many stakeholders.
• Familiarity with standards-based non-MARC metadata and their application (e.g. Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS), and ability to investigate and learn new metadata standards as needed.
• Familiarity with OAI-PMI, and proficiency with well-formed XML.
• Experience with development and implementation of the Fedora repository system, especially with the Samvera framework and Hyrax and Avalon modules.
• Experience with user interface and/or user experience design.
• Familiarity with open source digital scholarship publishing platforms (e.g. Open Journal Systems, Omeka).
• Experience working with programmers (e.g., writing spec and use cases).
• Familiarity with web design and web development.
• Familiarity with database design and management.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $52,943 - 68,816 annually.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.


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EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.