Director, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, Columbia University Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries seek a motivated, collaborative, and forward-thinking professional to lead its Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS).

CDRS works to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia by creating, adapting, implementing, supporting, and sustaining innovative digital tools and publishing platforms for content delivery, discovery, analysis, data curation, and preservation. The Center engages in extensive outreach, education, and advocacy to ensure that the scholarly work produced at Columbia University has a global reach and accelerates the pace of research across disciplines. CDRS is one of five entities that comprise the Digital Programs and Technology Services branch of the Columbia University Libraries.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of for Digital Programs and Technology Services, and managing a department of four direct reports and twelve indirect reports, the Director will:

  • Provide leadership and develop strategic priorities for CDRS programs and services, including short-term and long-term planning.
  • Oversee CDRS operations including budgets, facilities, technology, grants and projects. Manage staff by directing and evaluating performance and providing leadership and guidance.
  • Coordinate with other Libraries divisions, Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR), and academic schools and departments in the development, implementation, and support of CDRS projects and services.
  • Promote the work of CDRS within the University and represent Columbia in campus, regional, and national forums in areas related to the work and mission of CDRS.
  • Prepare grant and funding proposals to support and extend the work of CDRS. Provide periodic assessment and review of the impact of CDRS.


The Director is expected to work closely with other Libraries directors, the Office of Research Administration, and other offices in order to raise the University community’s awareness of research and scholarly communications issues in order to increase the utility and impact of research and scholarship produced at Columbia University. S/he will also represent Columbia in international and national discussions, and is expected to maintain a high profile, participate in key groups and committees, and publish and speak on matters related to digital research and scholarly communications.

Required Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited library school and/or advanced degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Significant experience working in a research university or other appropriate setting demonstrating knowledge of research and scholarly communications, digital service development and delivery, scholarly publishing and developments and issues in higher education
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research and scholarly communications, digital service development and delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, including budget, and ability to recruit, lead, and motivate a team of technical, operations, and project staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting and working in a culturally diverse and collegial environment
  • Experience in designing, developing and implementing new systems, services, programs for broad user communities
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, manage and launch new programs
  • Ability to work in a large, complex, decentralized organizational environment
  • Ability to develop new resources to support the work of the office, including grants, funding proposals and partnerships
  • Knowledge of copyright and related issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree relevant to digital scholarship, scholarly communications and/or research
  • Experience working with the academic publishing industry

This position posting and application instructions can be found on the RAPS website:

As one of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic multicultural intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries comprises a diverse, collegial and engaged staff committed to furthering the University’s teaching and research mission through innovation, leadership, collaboration and a commitment to excellence.

Columbia University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to strongly consider this leadership position. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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