Discovery & Access Strategic Projects Manager

at Harvard University (view profile)
Published June 26, 2022
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements Master's Degree
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $62,700
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $70,000
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Harvard University

Discovery & Access Strategic Projects Manager
Harvard Library

Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on June 28, 2022.

In partnership with Harvard's Administrative Fellowship Program and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, the Harvard Library Diversity Residency Program attracts talented librarians, and in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to provide meaningful professional working experience and to cultivate the professional goals and interests of the resident. Additionally, through a combination of events sponsored by the Harvard Library, the Administrative Fellowship Program, and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, Residents have the opportunity to work in an academic environment complemented by career development experiences.

Reporting to the AUL for Discovery & Access, the Strategic Projects Manager will develop and manage strategic projects for teams across the portfolio, including Access Services, Imaging Services, Information & Technical Services, and UX & Discovery, serving as a lead for communications, tracking, and reporting on initiatives that further the Harvard Library Multi-Year Goals and Objectives.

Specific projects include, but are not limited to, the development of a Harvard Library collections digitization program, resource sharing and discovery enhancements in collaboration with peer institutions, implementing broad-scale batch records updates and metadata sharing, and development of a workflow for standardized rights statements for digital collections.

This is a two-year residency.
Position Description

  • Serves as a peer leader, bringing together teams of staff from across the Discovery & Access portfolio, as well as key stakeholders, to develop project charters and/or planning documents.
  • Monitor, organize, and help ensure the timely execution of project deliverables.
  • Facilitates robust communication among internal and external partners, and track budgets and expenditures.
  • Project manages the historical datasets pilot
  • Responsible for building and maintaining a strong rapport with vendors.
  • Collaborates with Technical Services and Access Service on various projects

Basic Qualifications

  • Master's degree in library/information science
  • Minimum of one-year professional work experience. This includes internships and volunteer experience.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism.
  • Working knowledge of one or more of the following project management software: Air Table, Visio, or MS Office at plus
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Understanding of metadata, a plus

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Across the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University's mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery connecting users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support. Today, Harvard Library's holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University's faculty, students, and researchers-now and in the future-with exceptional experiences and comprehensive access to these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at and about the Harvard University community at

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.

Job Function

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Discovery and Access

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date

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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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