Head of Information Technology, Yale Center for British Art

The Head of Information Technology is a key member of the Center’s senior team dedicated to transforming online access and research in British Art, working closely with other major collections of British Art and study centers in the field, particularly the Center’s sister institution, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. The Yale Center for British Art holds the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, and collaborates internationally on research projects and innovative technical solutions to support them. The Center seeks to continue to be a leader in the provision of open access to images and the development of linked open data solutions to enable a more efficient and sustainable research environment.

The Head of IT provides research computing support to the Center by keeping abreast of emerging technologies for the dissemination of collections data.  In collaboration with other departments at the Center, the Head of IT supports and develops an information architecture that allows collection-based datasets to be efficiently shared with online users, and programmatically contributed to data aggregators and the Semantic Web.

This position currently manages two direct reports who provide overall technical support and system administration for TMS (the Museum System), and indirectly manages one desktop support specialist.  It is envisioned that the successful candidate for Head of IT will redefine the scope and responsibilities of the YCBA IT staff. This position will also assist the Deputy Director for Finance and Administration with managing technical services provided by Yale ITS. The staff of the following departments will be key internal contacts to the Head of IT: Collections Information and Access, Library and Archives, Public Relations, and Imagining Services.

Duties include: Lead strategic planning and manage implementation of information technology and new media at the Yale Center for British Art.  Develop policies, practices, systems, and procedures for information technology at the Center, in close alignment with Yale ITS.  Direct the Center’s use of Yale technology infrastructure including hardware, cloud services, and business applications like identity management, SharePoint, Workday, HRMS, etc. Provide vision and support for collections documentation systems and their integration and data management, including Gallery Systems TMS, COBOAT, Voyager, Open Text media management, ArchiveSpace, BlackLight, Aeon, Ontotext OWLIM triple store and updating the Center’s data exchange protocols.  Provide vision, conceptual planning, and implementation of the digital infrastructure for the Center’s research agendas, including publication of its collections via website, social media, machine process-able data exchange protocol (XML and OAI-PMH and ResourceSynch) and linked open data access.

Essential Duties:

1. Collects and analyzes system requirements and ensures that systems will offer security and will be effectively integrated with current applications.
2. Ensures that all systems are working at optimal levels and offers support to application development department regarding new technologies and system requirements.
3. Assists in identifying, analyzing, and developing approaches, guidelines, and policies that successfully meet institutional goals and objectives.
4. Plans and guides major purchases of computing hardware and software
5. Tracks and assesses the impact of IT infrastructure developments at Yale and elsewhere.
6. Participates on and may lead project teams.
7. Acts as a liaison with counterparts at other institutions, with vendors, and with University organizations and committees.
8. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant technical field and six years of related technical experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated expertise providing technical IT services in a museum, research and/or academic environment.
  • Ability to embrace innovation and pro-active in seeking out and implementing new technology systems for Center needs.
  • Proven knowledge of, and hands-on experience with software development.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of cultural heritage data and general technical design principles and ability to execute to those principles. Proven ability to clearly communicate complex technical solutions to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven strong organizational and planning skills with ability to work independently and as a member of a team. Proven superior interpersonal and collaborative skills.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Advanced degree in Computer Sci., Information Sci., or Computer Information Systems.
  • Experience with data exchange systems/web services. Project management, ability to manage timelines and resource allocation. Broad knowledge of contemporary web development frameworks, information architecture.
    Experience with RDF triplestores and data ontologies, particularly the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIX@yale.edu, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office


Visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/application/external/index.html and use STARS Requisition Number 33998BR

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