Associate Director for Digital Library Engineering

at UC Santa Barbara Library (view profile)
Published July 1, 2024
Location Remote, United States of America
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Bachelor’s degree in the field of library science, computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, or information technology, or equivalent training and/or experience
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $116,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $164,300
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade Grade 26
X (formerly Twitter) Handle @UCSBLibrary


For primary consideration, apply by 7/15/2024, after that open until filled.

UCSB Library empowers researchers and students to create and adapt knowledge for the benefit of society. Situated at the interdisciplinary crossroads of campus, the Library embodies scholarship and advances UCSB as a world-class research and learning institution. With a staff of 240 employees and student workers, the Library manages more than 3.6 million unique print and digital resources, including world-renowned special research collections, and provides a wide range of innovative research, teaching and learning services to more than 2 1/2 million physical and virtual visitors per year.

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Brief Summary of Job Duties
Under the general direction of the Director of Digital Library Development, and operating in a large, complex, and heterogeneous computing environment, serves as an expert on digital library systems architecture and development. Takes overall responsibility for quality of digital library software and systems, and relationships to other software products. Acts as a technical leader to UCSB Library digital library developers and digital library architects, and to UC system-wide collaborators, with a high degree of knowledge in the overall field and recognized expertise in library software architecture and development. Provides direct supervision of Digital Library Development engineering team members.

Undertakes problem-solving that frequently requires analysis of unique issues/problems without precedent and/or structure. Manages programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources, functioning with a high degree of autonomy. Applies advanced software concepts and objectives to medium to large projects of broad scope, complexity, and impact. Regularly resolves highly complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Selects tools, method, techniques, and evaluation criteria to obtain results. Responsible for creating technical designs and architecture for UCSB Library, determining solutions for an implementation team throughout the development cycle, and delivering systems into an operational environment. Works in a highly collaborative, cross-functional Agile team and takes ownership of architectural decisions and technical debt on various software components. Leads development, implementation, and delivery of the product solutions, and is responsible for code reviews and ensuring technical quality of the product.

The UC Santa Barbara Library's Digital Library Development (DLD) department is responsible for developing digital platforms, tools, and content to support teaching, research, and outreach. The DLD engineering team works collaboratively to develop and deploy software and web applications supporting this mission. We use Agile- and DevOps-aware methodologies and technologies including Ruby/Rails, Docker, and Kubernetes. Our work frequently involves collaboration with other UC campuses and open-source partners, and much of our code is hosted in public (GitLab) repositories.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in the field of library science, computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, or information technology, or equivalent training and/or experience
  • 5+ years of extensive experience designing, developing, and deploying software and managing it in production cloud environments.
  • Extensive experience developing and deploying web applications to containerized environments. Advanced knowledge of Linux and containerization technologies (e.g. Kubernetes, docker, etc.)
  • Expertise in architecting and implementing software solutions using object-oriented languages. Advanced knowledge of web application languages, object-oriented programming concepts and design patterns.
  • Extensive experience working with Infrastructure as Code and DevOps techniques including templating, configuration management, and automated build pipelines.
  • Experience in supervision or leading project teams.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in the field of library and information science, computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, or information technology, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience developing and deploying a Rails application in production environments.
  • Experience designing and developing library software, digital repositories, digital asset management, or other information management systems. Advanced knowledge of technologies for storage, management, and preservation of digital assets.
  • Experience working in a library or higher education environment.
  • Certified AWS Solutions Architect.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement

UC Santa Barbara is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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University of California's Affirmative Action Policy

University of California's Anti-Discrimination Policy

Special Instructions

For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.