Project Manager for the Mellon Museum and Library Collaboration Grant

at Smith College (view profile)
Location Northampton, Massachusetts
Date Posted February 21, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Duration Temporary/Term-Limited
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Smith College seeks a dynamic, accomplished candidate to become the Project Manager for the Mellon Museum and Library Collaboration Grant. Candidates would likely come from a LAMS (Libraries/Archives/Museum) background with significant project management experience in a digital cultural heritage setting and strong data analysis skills.

The Project Manager will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the planning process that envisions deep collaboration among campus collections. This project will be accomplished through: environmental scanning of technical infrastructure, collection audits and compilation of use case scenarios; outreach activities and engagement with faculty and student scholars and peer digital experts; and strategic grant proposal preparation. One innovative feature of the project is the development of a campus-wide digital preservation policy that codifies best practice across units of the college.

The strategic goals of the 18 month grant are: creating clearer research pathways for students and faculty; providing coordinated support for college-wide creation and use of digital learning objects; and ensuring digital preservation of our unique collections and digital scholarship. The expected outcomes include: identify Smith’s needed parameters for a digital asset management ecosystem including technological infrastructure and shared practices, staffing and curricular applications; prepare a college-wide policy on digital preservation that outlines responsibility and governance, and one that advocates best practices for implementation; provide data (technical, collection inventories, faculty and student use cases, etc.) that will support resource allocation to inform implementation of new systems and shared practices at the college; create a technical strategy and implementation plan focused on shared platforms; draft an implementation grant proposal.

The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge, experience and robust capabilities in project management. They will have strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to report about complex data. Working effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, faculty and students in a higher ed setting is a vital aspect of the project.

Collaborations across Libraries and the Museum of Art, with the college’s faculty, with Smith’s Information Technology Services, and with the Five Colleges consortium make this an appealing prospect for candidates who want to be part of an ambitious vision to foster digital scholarship with stellar museum and libraries special collections. This is an exciting opportunity to join an academic community undergoing significant transformation of digital practice and a shift to an open scholarship culture. And, of course, it offers the chance to live in the beautiful Pioneer Valley and to work within the Five College consortium.

View the full position description and apply online via the Smith College Human Resources site.

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