Digital Scholarship Coordinator

California, United States
06 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
06 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the Position:

The Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and the Stanford University Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIDR) are seeking an innovative and experienced Digital Scholarship Coordinator to help lead the development of digital collections, projects, and publications in a 3-year fixed term position. This person will be a key member of CESTA, CIDR, and the Humanities and Area Studies subject specialists group, facilitating collaboration among these groups. This person will connect the Libraries’ collections and resources with scholars involved with the aforementioned groups and support CESTA’s projects and publications by leveraging the Libraries’ infrastructure and expertise. The Digital Scholarship Coordinator will be responsible for the Libraries’ Digital Humanities collection budget. The Digital Scholarship Coordinator will aid CESTA members in supporting ongoing partnerships with the national and international digital humanities and will work with the center to align CESTA projects with efforts at peer institutions, with particular attention to scholarly editing and communication, and working within the norms of research dissemination.

The Digital Scholarship Coordinator will be based jointly in CESTA and the Stanford Libraries, serving as a colleague with distinguished and widely-recognized team of other academic technologists, curators and software developers who collectively combine decades of expertise in the development and archival work necessary for creating, maintaining and presenting digital humanities projects. The candidate would also have expertise in the methods of the computational social sciences and digital humanities. This person’s activities will support research and teaching in these fields for the Stanford community along with other specialists. CESTA has a strong track record of developing innovative digital humanities projects through its member scholars, its constituent labs (including the Spatial History Project, the Literary Lab, Humanities+Design, the Poetic Media Lab and Text Technologies), and through partnerships with organizations such as the Stanford Humanities Center. 

The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of scholarship making use of digital humanities methodologies and a well-developed practice around digital accessibility and archiving. This specialist will bring a strong ethos of service and have experience working collaboratively across different groups, managing a complex set of diverse needs, priorities, and interests. The successful candidate will have connections with projects, initiatives, and organizations in digital humanities and research library services that could serve as the basis for new collaborations. The person in this role will work with scholars to develop compelling projects and publications that build Stanford’s digital humanities profile nationally and internationally, using tools and methods compatible with the long-term sustainability of that work.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees committed to fueling teaching, learning and research across Stanford.  Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships.  The Stanford Libraries’ values are rooted in a commitment to mutual respect and the idea that every member of the staff has something to contribute, and that learning is constant.

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  • Assist with providing center leadership for using technology in scholarly communication, community building, research, and outreach. Oversee or provide assistance in the direct integration of technology into research projects and/or publications.
  • Lead the development of resources, seminars, courses, or workshops to disseminate information about uses of technology.
  • Actively encourage and support the use of computer-based tools by developing and implementing new tools and resources for instructors or students, assisting them with the tools, disseminating knowledge of these tools throughout the program or university, and creating and supporting an infrastructure that allows use of the tools in research and publication.
  • Lead projects to develop innovative uses of technology for research and community building. Consult on development of software applications, or work with on-or off-campus resources to develop or adapt software solutions.
  • Consult with and help faculty to incorporate technologies into research projects.
  • Stay abreast of digital humanities technology research and participate in academic conferences.
  • Provide outreach and advocacy within and across CESTA, CIDR, and the Humanities and Area Studies Specialists in the Library for effective uses of educational technology.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in a humanities related field plus (4) years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Other Relevant Education & Experience May Include:

  • Strongly Preferred: Relevant graduate work in the interface between technology and the arts, including digital humanities or library science and at least (2) years of work experience in a library, departmental, or other staff role in direct support of research.
  • Preferred:  Familiarity with widely used platforms for digital projects and publications, including their preservation and accessibility; familiarity with best practices in curation, data management and archiving.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in utilizing technology to enhance teaching and research.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to express course material and pedagogic goals through the imaginative application of technology to existing materials and structures.
  • Ability to plan, design, develop and evaluate engaging multimedia learning/training objects.
  • Experience with delivering applications in a networked environment.
  • Excellent teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic community; demonstrated experience working in an environment with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and customs.
  • Demonstrated expertise with instructional design methodologies, pedagogical issues, and best practices for classroom, online and hybrid learning.
  • Excellent time management and project management skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks and use good judgment in providing services based on goals.
  • Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows environments, and facility with Unix.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering technical training to a non-technical audience.
  • Expert knowledge of learning management systems and various classroom and online learning technologies.
  • Excellent customer service skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to build strong working relationships with a diverse audience of faculty, staff, and students.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely writing by hand, use a telephone.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working Conditions:

  • Extended hours and weekends.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients as well as with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4722
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: I
  • Requisition ID: 87938