POSITION: Head, Software Development
AVAILABLE: December 1, 2016
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applications for the
position of Head, Software Development. The Software Development group is
comprised of two teams; the Repository Team, responsible for the development
and stewardship of the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), an institutional
repository and preservation platform, and the Core Team, responsible for a wide
range of services including the Libraries’ main websites, discovery layer,
digital libraries, digital scholarship projects, grant-funded projects, system
integrations, and custom applications to support Library operations. The Head
recruits, manages, supervises, and leads 12 FTE across the two teams and
fosters an environment that values creativity, diversity, teamwork, and
innovation. This position also works directly with faculty and staff
stakeholders to collaboratively identify and provide solutions that meet
end-user and staff needs.
This position provides vision and leadership for library technology services by
helping create a flexible and scalable technology infrastructure, facilitating
improvements to work processes including software development practices and
project management, and developing relationships with stakeholders, including
campus IT partners and vendors. The Head collaborates with Infrastructure
Management Services on software system architecture planning and provides
strategic direction for the evaluation, customization, and implementation of
existing technology platforms and systems.
The Head of Software Development reports to the Director of the Library and
Information Technology (L&IT). L&IT is a service-oriented program that
researches, develops, and supports advanced information systems for the
Library, and ensures excellent operational management of information systems
and support of end users. The Head is a senior member of the L&IT management
team along with counterparts from Infrastructure Management Services and
The Software Development department uses agile methodologies, versions code,
and automates deployment. Continuous integration and test-driven development
are goals for the department. Technologies and tools used are primarily open
source, and the stack includes: RHEL, PHP (Laravel), Python (Django), Java,
Hydra, Fedora, MySQL, Solr, eXist, Capistrano, and GitHub/GitLab. The L&IT
division uses Jira, Confluence, and Service Desk to manage and document work.
Required: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or
an advanced degree in a related field. Minimum of three years of progressively
responsible management and supervisory experience in a technical setting,
including planning and allocating resources to support software development.
Professional experience in a technical environment focused on application
development. Evidence of effective interpersonal competence and excellent oral
and written communication skills. Collaborative work ethic and the ability to
build effective partnerships, articulate goals, and negotiate priorities.
Preferred: Work experience in higher education and/or an academic research
library. Experience developing and leading high functioning teams. Active
professional involvement in the library or information technology fields, and
demonstrated knowledge of current information technology developments in
libraries and higher education. Demonstrated interest in open source
communities. Demonstrated interest in communicating individual and team
progress through conferences, publishing, code contribution, and other venues.
Experience in collaborative and successful grant-writing. Experience with agile
The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state
university. UNC-Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students,
employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees
as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and
law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is
a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science
Libraries. University Library collections include over 7.5 million volumes.
The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center
for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North
Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members
of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and
collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education,
research, and service missions of the universities.
The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its
staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional
dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in
our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and
collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in
North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural,
and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half
day’s drive from Chapel Hill.
Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment. Salary is commensurate
with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave,
sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.
Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on October 24, 2016. Applications will be
accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to
applications received by the begin review date.
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/106554 and complete the online
application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name,
mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional
references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please
indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity
employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and
individuals with disabilities