Director, Data & Digital Stewardship, Drexel University Libraries

The Libraries seeks a Director, Data & Digital Stewardship to provide administrative leadership in implementing a strategic direction that extends library knowledge and services for curating research data and expanding campus awareness of research data as institutional assets. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Director will establish a new division to provide effective support to meet requirements to manage data, digital and unique University records.

Through the Libraries’ matrixed organizational management, the Director leads staff throughout the Libraries to extend the value of description, discovery, archival preservation, and consultation to transform the Libraries’ role in strengthening connections to scholarship, creating effective library learning environments and ensuring access to authoritative information.



  • Master’s degree;
  • Minimum of five years increasingly responsible management experience, including demonstrated success in supervision and program management;
  • Inspires collaboration, team work and high performance standards
  • Demonstrated understanding of trends and practices in research data management and curation, digital records management, and scholarly research;
  • Effective expertise to identify and understand researcher needs and provide consultation and informatics solutions and support;
  • Knowledge of state-of-the-art repository tools and systems for assembly, alignment, preservation and curation of research data, in multiple formats [e.g. textual, computational, visual, and audio];
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills and successful experience working with researchers across disciplines;
  • Highly motivated and entrepreneurial with success in implementing innovative programs and leading organizational change;
  • Indication of professional commitment through service, presentation, or research


  • Graduate coursework or experiential education in library or information sciences, informatics, data curation, digital archival studies, or records management;
  • Professional experience working in higher education or research information organization;
  • Experience working in a collaborative matrixed organization

Essential Functions:

The Director is responsible for evolving and implementing the Libraries support of a university-wide approach to federated data management and curation of digital content. Applying technical knowledge and expertise in data management, the director administratively leads effective systems for discovery across federated and specialized repositories, efficient services, and, updated policies on rights and usage issues, to support research and education. The director will develop relationships and connections among administrative, academic, and technology units on campus as well as professional and association contacts to help identify solutions and partnerships for managing Drexel’s data, records, and archives. The director will supervise and mentor the program managers of Archives, Discovery Systems, and Metadata Services.

The director will lead the Libraries’ staff to:

  • Manage unique Drexel data and digital collections through its institutional repository (IDEA) and other collections;
  • Ensure preservation, discovery, and accessibility of University records of enduring value;
  • Facilitate the exposure of Drexel University content to researchers globally;
  • Offer expertise to help develop faculty and graduate student data literacy competencies and consultative services on research data management;
  • Apply research findings and system design principles for effective data curation and stewardship;
  • Guide campus stewards to manage records;
  • Develop vision and plans for use of technology to support institutional/Libraries programs;
  • Integrate metadata applications into university data infrastructures;

The incumbent is a member of the Libraries Strategic Leadership group and works collaboratively to ensure effective and efficient operations of the Libraries. S/he will represent the Libraries on campus committees and is expected to be professionally active through services, presentation, publications or research.

Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit ( to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University’s acceptance of the results of the background investigation.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation. To apply, visit (

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