Job Opening Title: Director of Digital Services
Employer Name: Wisconsin Historical Society
Job Location: Madison, WI
Application Deadline: January 10, 2022
Salary Range: $81,120-$93,600
Years of experience required: 2 years
Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Position Summary
The Director of Digital Services is responsible for developing enterprise strategies for the stewardship of wide-ranging specialized digital content and formats with the goal of integrated collection discovery and unified digital preservation of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s unique collections. The Wisconsin Historical Society’s holdings make up one of the preeminent North American history collections in the country, with a library of more than 4 million volumes, an archive of more than 105,000 cubic feet of manuscript collections, 25,000 maps and atlases, 3 million photographs, 750,000 three dimensional artifacts, and an extensive sound and moving image collection. The Society’s holdings include one of the largest newspapers and periodical collections in the country with a specialization in African-American newspapers and alternative serials publications that span the political spectrum. The Director of Digital Services leads a new section in promoting a collaborative environment that empowers staff to be creative problem-solvers while supporting and implementing inventive approaches to increase the capacity to manage digital content across WHS’s Collections Division.
Joining WHS during an exciting time of growth, transformation and innovation, the Director provides leadership in developing WHS’s new digital services unit charged with developing and implementing policies, procedures, and workflows for stewarding digitized and born-digital assets. The Director of Digital Services is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the digitization and audio and microfilm reformatting labs as well as the management of outsourced digitization projects and services with third-party vendors. The Director of Digital Services leads divisional teams in prioritizing and planning for system and tool implementation and migration planning within a developing digital asset management ecosystem (DAME) that advances digital access and engagement with a focus on discovery, interoperability, and sustainability. The Director serves as a digital enabler as well as a change agent who will collaborate with staff from across the Division in re-envisioning WHS’s culture of innovation by further defining a digital stewardship framework that will enhance the Society’s commitment to national collection building while democratizing access to WHS’s preeminent collection.
The salary will be between $81,120-$93,600 depending on qualification and experience. Pay will be set in accordance with the provisions of the current Wisconsin State Compensation Plan.
This position is in pay schedule 81, range 01.
A two-year career executive probationary period will be required.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.
Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) should complete the application process to apply.
WHS does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.
Certain positions within WHS may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process.
All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.
Minimally qualified applicants will have all of the following:
• Experience overseeing the planning, coordination, prioritization, and management of in-house and outsourced digitization projects.
• Experience in developing and managing born-digital collections for a library, archive, or museum.
• Experience with financial management relating to the lifecycle management of digital collections including creating budgets, monitoring collection funds, and annual reporting.
• Experience supervising and managing staff (assigning work, creating performance evaluations, initiating staffing decisions).
Well qualified applicants will also have at least one of the following:.
• Experience leading the implementation and/or migration plan for a digital asset management system.
• Experience in developing a digital preservation program for a GLAM institution.
• Experience with digital project management for a museum, archive, or library.
• Experience with digital collections assessment, prioritization, and stewardship planning for distinctive collections.
How to Apply
Apply online! (https://wisc.jobs/Pages/Welcome.aspx) To apply, click “Apply for Job” to start the application process. Then, you will access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t have an account. Once you are logged in, click “Apply for Job.” Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application.
Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job.
Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.
We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.
Questions can be directed to HR@wisconsinhistory.org.
Deadline to Apply : Applications are due at 11:59PM on January 10, 2022.