Digital Projects Manager, American Theological Library Assocation (ATLA)

This position is primarily responsible for developing collaborative digital projects involving members and other peer organizations for the benefit of members and to support expanded access to digital collections from religious and theological libraries. This position coordinates the implementation of various digital projects and services including conducting member needs assessment; evaluating, selecting, and leading implementation of software platforms and tools; assessing education and training needs and arranging professional development programs; designing and implementing programs that leverage existing projects, support standards, and feed into other projects/programs such as the DPLA; writing and project managing grants. This position is responsible for working closely with colleagues and managing relationships with members and prospective program participants, partners, the collaborative digitization community, consultants, and vendors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and supports membership programs and projects to support expanded access to digital collections from religious and theological libraries.
  • Designs digital projects through the entire lifecycle including identification, ingest, management, preservation, and access; leverages existing projects, workflows, equipment, and expertise if possible; supports standards; and feeds into other programs such as the DPLA.
  • Conducts research including surveys, focus groups, interview and visits, to understand the current landscape and needs of members relating to digital projects.
  • Evaluates, selects and acts as project lead to implement digital projects software platforms and tools working closely with the Programmer Analyst.
  • Liaises with prospective partners and other peer organizations, vendors, the collaborative digitization community, consultants, and vendors. Builds and maintains strong relationships with partners, collaborators, and colleagues.
  • Creates documentation including guidelines, protocols, and best practices for program/project participation.
  • Writes and manages grants for digital and preservation projects.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of standards and best practices, library-oriented open source platforms, established and emerging technologies, metadata standards, and both national and international projects and programs in the digital library sphere. Networks, collaborates, and participates in organizations and groups regarding digital and preservation issues.
  • Develops, identifies instructors, and coordinates professional development opportunities for members including webinars, workshops and presentations online and/or in person in the areas of digital projects and preservation.
  • Represents the association at conferences, workshops, symposia, regional meetings, etc.

Required Experience

  • Master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent field; or four to ten years related experience and/or training
  • Two years’ experience working in a library, cultural heritage organization, or affiliated educational, nonprofit, or professional organization
  • Proven proficiency in developing digital projects, digital project management, and communication and outreach activities
  • Demonstrated experience with digital library systems such as Hydra/Fedora, Dspace, Omeka, CONTENTdm
  • Experience with metadata standards such as Dublin Core, MODS, OAI-PMH
  • Experience coordinating the activities of a small team toward discrete goals
  • Experience working with technical staff
  • Familiarity with trends and best practices in digital library technologies, metadata, and digital preservation
  • Knowledge of current technologies and metadata practices in libraries and archives
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaborative environment
  • Professional experience building institutional relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Experience

  • Knowledge of one or more programming languages
  • Experience with Agile-style project management
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing financial strategies for project or program sustainability, including grant writing
  • Experience with open access publishing and/or knowledge of scholarly communications issues
  • Evidence of potential to succeed in a rapidly changing environment

Other Requirements

  • Must be willing and able to travel throughout North America via plane, train, automobile, and other means.  Occasional international travel required.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and passport (or legal ability to acquire one).
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.

Salary and Benefits

ATLA is an equal opportunity employer located in downtown Chicago. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. ATLA offers an excellent benefits package.

Application Information

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more information about ATLA, please visit our web site at:

To apply, please e-mail (1) a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position, (2) a current resume, and (3) the names and contact information for three references to Please include “Digital Projects Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls.

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