Associate Dean for Digital Strategy, SMU Libraries
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas


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Job Summary:

SMU Libraries seeks a forward thinking, innovative, natural collaborator to join the SMU Libraries' leadership team as the first Associate Dean for Digital Strategy (AD DS). Reporting to the Dean of SMU Libraries, the AD DS will join a leadership team well-positioned to implement bold ideas and strategic aspirations. The AD DS will be pivotal in developing a comprehensive, libraries-wide, digital strategy to thoughtfully manage our technology infrastructure and cultivate our library virtual presence, digital scholarship support, and research services objectives. The AD DS will oversee the SMU Libraries' discovery, digital collections, and systems (e.g., Alma/Primo, Omeka, ContentDM, Springshare) unit (12 FTE total), which includes the Norwick Center for Digital Solutions (nCDS). With their team, the incumbent will have the unique opportunity to develop digital strategies that address campus research and scholarship aspirations and position SMU Libraries to integrate evolving technology changes in the digital teaching, learning, research, and collections spaces in an agile and responsive manner.

SMU is a nationally ranked private research university in Dallas, TX, with eight degree-granting schools. SMU Libraries includes six libraries on the main campus and one library at our satellite location in Taos, NM.

SMU Libraries and the SMU campus is dedicated to diversity and inclusion. We seek to hire a person who shares our values of a diverse and equitable workplace based on teamwork with a proactive and positive approach in all that we do.

Essential Functions:

  • Participate in the SMU Libraries' Dean's Cabinet leadership team and foster strong organizational ties to advance strategic goals and priorities.
  • Develop and implement a cohesive and comprehensive digital strategy and vision of excellence for the combined SMU Libraries digital presence (web, discovery, collections, instruction platforms, etc).
  • Lead and supervise the Digital Strategy area (12 FTE), providing clear communication and direction, establishing goals, and mentoring professional growth and development.
  • Lead a libraries-wide steering committee to prioritize strategic digital infrastructure growth and maintenance, including evaluation and implementation of new technology services and platforms, in the areas of web, collection discovery, digital preservation, repository services, data management, digital collections and exhibitions, and the fast-growing area of digital scholarship support.
  • Contribute to and oversee grant proposals and projects.
  • Practice judicial allocation of staffing and technology resources to achieve the Libraries' Strategic Plan goals.
  • Serve as liaison to the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and build strong cross-organizational relationships with OIT leadership, Office of Research, and other campus partners.
  • Collaborate with the new Director of Research and Scholarly Initiatives on existing and emerging efforts to connect faculty and student research needs with digital scholarship training, technology, and solutions based on solid project management principles.
  • Maintain high-level knowledge of current and future trends in digital strategy as applied to libraries, research, and scholarship.
  • Advance awareness and advocacy of SMU Libraries activities through local and professional speaking and writing opportunities.
  • Foster environment of inclusive excellence in leading teams and service development.


Required Qualificaions
  • Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program or advanced degree in other relevant or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in academic libraries, museums, archives, higher education institutions, or a related technology-driven cultural heritage institution.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of recent experience supervising staff to achieve stated goals and aspirations.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience supporting library technologies, such as an integrated library system, content management system, and/or platforms used to host digital collections or digital exhibits, data management, institutional repositories, digital publishing or demonstrably related services.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Background in universal design concepts and/or web accessibility.
  • Experience in information architecture, such as software and systems architectures and integration, APIs, programming languages, data harvesting, data management/preservation, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading high-performing, cross-organizational, and/or matrixed, teams to manage a broad range of technology infrastructure in areas such as website management, integrated systems, discovery optimization, digital collections, and digital scholarship.
  • History of successful grant application and management.
  • Experience in budgeting and/or financial management of a unit or department.
  • Doctoral degree in information science or related academic field.

Deadline to Apply:

Open until filled. Applications submitted by November 30, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit:

(1) A resume or CV,

(2) A cover letter that addresses the education and experience required and preferred for this position, and

(3) A separate document that describes your commitment to equity and inclusion. Review the SMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the SMU Libraries visions for cultivating an environment of inclusive excellence. This statement should include:
  • Statement of values and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in higher education.
  • Examples that demonstrate those values in action through fostering the success of students, staff, and peers, and supporting a diversity of perspectives in the classroom, on campus, and/or in the library.
  • Ways you might advance our efforts in equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility through this position.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

There are no physical or enviromental demands for this position.

COVID Vaccination

SMU must comply with President Biden's Executive Order (EO) 14042 requiring those that receive federal contracts and their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they apply for and are granted an exemption for religious or medical reasons.

For more information regarding this requirement, please visit our website.

EEO Statement: SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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