Shared Development Group Manager – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Working title: Shared Development Group Manager


Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor’s degree, (an MLS degree is not required but is highly desirable).

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
* Bachelor’s degree;
* two years of application programming experience;
* minimum of five years of progressively responsible team leadership or management experience in an information environment;
* five years of experience using information systems project management practices and techniques;
* five years of experience using modern team-oriented programming practices;
* three years of work with digital library, research, or repository systems and services;
* effective written and oral communication skills.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the required skills, the strongest candidates will possess demonstrated in-depth proficiency and expertise in the following:
* experience managing, developing, and evaluating professional staff;
* experience developing and analyzing cost and time estimates for projects including financial and human resource allocations;
* three years of supervisory experience;
* analytic problem solving and decision-making skills;
* expertise with library/information technologies including relational databases, full-text search engines, repository managers, online catalogs, and related tools;
* systems analysis and design practices;
* data modeling and/or database analysis and design practices;
* system testing and quality assurance techniques and standards;
* implementation and support of distributed client/server applications in the Internet networking environment;
* Unix operating systems, commands, utilities, and software development environments;
* experience programming in at least two languages, such as Java, C/C++, Perl, Python, Ruby, or similar;
* web application development experience;
* experience maintaining production applications;
* graphical user interface design and programming techniques;
* familiarity with interface usability techniques and assessment;
* an advanced academic degree in related area;
* professional experience in an academic setting.

Principal duties:

50% Team and Project Management and Supervision
* Serve as a member of the Library Technology Managers Group
* Provide direction to academic librarians and information systems staff assigned to the Shared Development team, including project leaders who are part of the team
* Provide leadership for planning sprints, reporting on, and coordinating of team’s activities
* Consult with Library and DoIT management and staff on priorities and problems for areas of responsibility
* Insure that team members understand the core mission of the Libraries and follow appropriate national, campus, library, and group standards in support of this mission
* Develop task plans, time/cost estimates, schedules, and budgets to achieve unit goals and objectives
* Monitor, analyze, and report on project costs and progress to varied audiences
* Monitor team progress, assess problem areas, recommend and implement solutions
* Lead team status meetings and communicate outcomes as appropriate with appropriate administrative and managerial stakeholders in the Libraries and DoIT
* Present oral and written status reports as requested by Associate Director for Information Technology (AD)
* Plan assignments of tasks to team members and project leaders and review with AD and members of the management team.
* Guide team members in detail analysis, design, programming, testing, and documenting of applications and infrastructure projects.
* Train and coach new staff in the team and help them develop adequate knowledge and skills necessary to support the Library’s ability to acquire, disseminate, and preserve information resources in all forms.
* Develop relationships with campus and inter-institutional peers in an effort to facilitate collaborative work and/or obtain additional staff resources in support of the unit
* Conduct employee performance reviews of library team members, and provide annual performance inputs for DoIT-LIRA staff

30% Library Applications Architecture – Strategy, Analysis and Design Coordination
* Build and maintain expertise in existing library and research/repository systems, application development platforms and techniques.
* Build and maintain expertise pertaining to the Libraries core mission in an effort to facilitate clear communication between academic librarians and other information professionals.
* Present descriptions of architecture, designs, plans, and capabilities of library systems, and participate in development and presentation of demos of these systems.
* Serve as primary contact and focal point for application development communications with outside software suppliers and developers.
* Analyze and document needs as part of project proposal papers, charters and other documents, including cost and schedule estimates and system alternatives.
* Oversee design of key applications and associated data models, and lead other information systems staff in all application and database design projects. Review all design products of the team.
* Develop technical designs and prepare project specification papers and other documents in support of the AD and the Library Management Group.
* Ensure appropriate integration and compatibility among separate DoIT-LIRA systems, LTG systems, and other campus technical environments. Ensure compliance with campus architectural standards.
* Work with DoIT-LIRA and Library managers to review project proposals, charters, and plans
* Allocate staff and other resources as appropriate to achieve the goals of the team
* Provide leadership for the overall architecture, design and evolution of the library and research/repository suite of services (in close coordination with Library and academic/scientific research community staff).
* Provide leadership for the overall design of custom library applications and infrastructure, including search engines, repository management software, and web development technologies.
* Research and evaluate new software products and development techniques from vendors and other institutions for use in Library/DoIT-LIRA projects.

15% Library Applications Architecture – Implementation Coordination
* Establish and carry out change control procedures for improvements and fixes to existing library systems
* Plan and lead evaluation studies of the operational system and propose improvements
* Work with AD and information professionals in developing documentation and training activities.
* Serve as consultant to library, campus and DoIT management and staff on issues, options, and potential applications of library and research repository-related technologies
* Serve as primary team contact for application problems with production DoIT-LIRA staff. Insure Libraries and DoIT Help Desk are informed about problem status, and resolve reported problems on a timely basis.
* Plan and execute integration testing of subsystems, of new database implementations, and of the whole system.
* Conduct code reviews as appropriate. Monitor techniques, standards, and problems of programming and implementation.
* Establish techniques and models for other information systems staff, and propagate good programming and database implementation ideas and software reuse strategies among the application team.
* Test and exercise key programs and database implementations written by other information systems professionals to ensure high quality and consistency.
* Plan and carry out system conversion and implementation tasks in close coordination with the LIRA System Integration & Support team and other appropriate Library and DoIT technical groups.

5% Professional Development
* Attend campus and external training sessions and industry conferences in topics closely related to assigned projects and responsibilities. Read professional literature on the same.
* Maintain current awareness of trends, methods, and technological advances in the industry and profession, especially as they relate to assigned projects and responsibilities.
* Disseminate information from these activities to others in the organization.

Additional Information:
The UW-Madison General Library System is seeking an experienced, dedicated, and energetic individual to serve as the manager of its Shared Development Group, a collaborative team of seven professional library and web application developers drawn from the Library and the campus Division of Information Technology. The individual in this position reports to the General Library System’s Associate Director for Information Technology and directly supervises four Library staff within SDG. In addition, the SDG manager has primary responsibility for planning, organizing, managing, and monitoring all projects and work carried out by the entire SDG, including DoIT members.

This position requires significant technical abilities that align with the Library’s role in the University. It also requires the ability to lead, manage, and evaluate a team of developers who are committed to working in collaborative ways to meet our institutional priorities. We are, first and foremost, a university research library, and the successful candidate will have a clear understanding of the Library’s role in the University, and the types of technologies, skills, and systems required to advance the Library’s priorities.

The SDG manager serves as a primary point of contact and coordination between the Libraries, DoIT, and other service providers working to support and enhance the Libraries’ information technology systems. The individual in this position will participate in technology planning activities with both the Library and DoIT’s Library, Integrative and Research Applications Group. As a senior manager, the incumbent will work in collaboration with librarians, IT professionals, and faculty, ensuring that the team’s insights, perspectives, and talents are reflected in the Libraries vision for developing and advancing its technology-based information services.

In addition to managing the personnel and day-to-day work of the SDG, the manager is expected to provide leadership and expertise in developing the library system architecture, development roadmaps, data modeling, application design/testing/implementation, application infrastructure planning, and deployment/support of the applications used to facilitate access to and preservation of scholarly resources.

The Library’s services are supported by a mix of Unix-based servers running Sun’s Solaris operating system and the RedHat distribution of the Linux operating system. This platform supports various open source and locally-developed applications as well as vendor-purchased software packages. Nearly all of these services must be available to our entire campus community of approximately 60,000 faculty, staff, and students. With respect to application coding, the SDG uses a variety of programming languages including Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby, Java, C, and others. New and active projects are primarily being developed in a mixture of Ruby (with heavy use of the Rails framework) and Java. The SDG works extensively with Oracle, PostGres, and MySQL databases.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

Appointment type: Academic Staff
Full time salary rate: Minimum $75,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term: This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: JANUARY 17, 2012
Number of positions: 1

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 30, 2011


To apply, send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references.

The first review of applications will begin on 11/30/11 and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #72052 to
Patricia Erickson Phone: 608-262-2768
728 State St Fax: 608-265-2754
367 Memorial Library Email:
Madison, WI 53706-1418

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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