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Program Manager, Unique and Local Content

This recruitment is being re-opened with clarifications to position profile and salary.

The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium serving 38 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest, seeks a service-oriented Program Manager for Unique and Local Content. The ULC program encompasses consortial work around archives, special collections, digital assets and repositories, and OER. The incumbent will advance consortial efforts through active collaboration with members, consortium staff, and external partners.

The Program Manager for ULC works to support our visionary consortial mission: The Orbis Cascade Alliance pushes the boundaries of what is possible in libraries through strategic collaboration in the Pacific Northwest. To advance member institutions, we create and deliver innovative, sustainable, and essential library programs and resources. Following adoption of this mission statement, the Alliance has embarked on a new strategic plan. By building upon successful core services such as Archives West and implementing strategic initiatives around digital assets, discovery, IRs and OER, the ULC Program Manager will play a vital role in the strategic plan and the consortium's mission.

We seek creative, collaborative candidates who can advance our success with unique and local content services. The ideal candidate brings leadership capacity, exceptional communication skills, ability to work at the leading edge of the profession, and fluency with technical standards. We seek candidates who will enhance and support an inclusive, diverse work environment, and bring cultural competence to the design and delivery of consortial services. 

Job Summary

The Program Manager for Unique and Local Content reports to the Executive Director and works with member libraries, vendors, consortium staff, and Alliance teams to oversee, coordinate, develop, and assess the Unique and Local Content Program.

Major duties include:

  • Leading the Archives & Manuscript Collections service, which supports access to archival and manuscript collections through Archives West, and a consortial implementation of ArchivesSpace.

  • Supporting strategic efforts around new modes of teaching, scholarship, and publication. Current initiatives address areas such as OER and institutional repositories.

  • Overseeing and coordinating projects around the development, stewardship, preservation, and dissemination of unique and local content in the Alliance.

Work is non-routine and requires collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and diplomacy. This position exercises independence, sound judgment, and leadership in overseeing large, complex, distributed, and high-profile projects.

Additional expectations of all Alliance program managers include:

  • Lead or otherwise participate in new initiatives.
  • Lead efforts to standardize workflows and system configuration.

  • Propose and monitor program budget.

  • Engage in professional activities that develop professional skills and enhance the profile and operations of the Alliance.

  • Maintain an awareness of all Alliance programs; communicate with other programs and help coordinate activities across the consortium.
Demonstrate leadership in implementing and extending the Alliance Strategic Plan

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Equivalency may include but is not limited to: A graduate degree combined with demonstrated success in leading complex, collaborative work in archives, special collections, or digital scholarship.

  • A progressively responsible, well-rounded record of related experience, such as five years of cumulative experience in archives, libraries, non-profits, consortia, or education.

  • Demonstrated expertise with EAD, Dublin Core, and MARC. Broad experience applying technical standards for discovery and management of unique content.

  • Technical proficiency that supports collaboration with IT vendors and systems staff.

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; ability to interpret and synthesize ambiguous information to formulate a coherent message to diverse stakeholders.

  • Outstanding organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills; ability to detect and anticipate problems and develop solutions.

  • Support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment

  • Demonstrated ability to:

    • Provide responsive service to stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and varied responsibilities;

    • Represent the ULC Program to members, external partners, and the library community broadly;

    • Manage collaborative projects with a team of colleagues distributed over a wide geographic area; and

    • Adapt to the rapidly evolving information environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recent, advanced experience with technical management of archival collections

  • Experience managing large-scale digital collections

  • Experience with ArchivesSpace and/or ExLibris products

  • Demonstrated experience managing complex, sustained, high-profile projects for a distributed team

  • Experience with externally funded projects, such as grants

  • Experience with training and/or instructional design

  • Demonstrated skill in public speaking

Physical Conditions

  • The employee may work remotely within the Portland, Oregon or Eugene, Oregon metro areas, or work from our Eugene, Oregon office.

  • Ability to travel occasionally within the Pacific Northwest to attend meetings or support members

  • Ability to work independently, with most work done at a computer.

Appointment and Salary: Salary based on experience and qualifications: minimum $64,269; median: $75,610; maximum $86,952. This position is a full time, twelve-month exempt position; the Alliance does not use a rank or tenure system. Benefits include 20 days of vacation, a generous retirement plan, and paid premiums for employee and all dependents for health/dental/life/disability insurance. A summary of benefits is available at https://www.orbiscascade.org/orbis-cascade-alliance-employee-benefits/

To apply: Please send a CV, cover letter, and three (3) professional references to jobs@orbiscascade.org. Applications received by September 3rd will receive first consideration.  The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin, and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Orbis Cascade Alliance is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity in the workplace.