DATE ENTERED: March 2, 2021
POSITION: Head of Systems Development
LOCATION: Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA
APPLY BY: Screening of applicants will begin March 29, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Head of Systems Development: Reporting to the University Librarian, the Head of Systems Development is responsible for oversight and management of all information technology assets deployed at Old Dominion University Libraries. The scope of oversight performed by the position includes enterprise systems administration, resource discovery and electronic resource management, website and intranet administration, desktop support, digital storage management, and technology training.  The Head of Systems Development works successfully with University Information Technology Services, Procurement Services, and vendors to accomplish complex, collaborative projects that benefit the University community. Position collaboratively manages the priorities, organizational structure, budget, and future directions of the University Libraries. In a fast-paced, complex environment, this position identifies, develops and manages adoption of technology infrastructure necessary to meet current and future needs of faculty, students, and Libraries’ personnel.

Required: Master’s Degree in library and information science, computer science or related field. Considerable knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in digital initiatives and information technology, academic libraries, and higher education; considerable leadership and managerial skills including excellent analytic, creative, and innovative problem-solving abilities; some knowledge of web programming languages (e.g.: Javascript, HTML and CSS) and web accessibility standard; basic familiarity with Ivanti Portal Manager; some familiarity with RDA and MARC, Dublin Core metadata standards and library best practices; considerable communication skills to effectively communicate issues, concerns and ideas to the appropriate personnel; some progressively responsible experience with information technology; considerable commitment to user-centered services and service excellence to all constituencies; some project management experience; some experience in managing a Library Services Platform; some experience in building and sustaining effective interpersonal relations with library staff, campus administrators, faculty, and students; some experience in Desktop Support; basic experience with a Web Content Management System

Preferred: ALA accredited MLIS degree or international equivalent; ability to work both as a team member and independently; some knowledge of information technology support ticketing systems and workflows; some knowledge of user authentication/authorization protocol; some demonstrated proficiency in programming languages, relational database management and systems analysis; some administrative and management experience in an academic or other library of comparable size; some experience in managing Ex Libris Alma/Primo systems; some experience in managing various technologies such as open source systems, electronic resources, server infrastructure, network infrastructure, public/staff computing areas, digital collections; some experience conducting technology training.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

The Old Dominion University Libraries mission is to enrich the academic, research, and learning experiences of the University community through access to its staff, collections, and spaces. Comprised of the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, and Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library, the Libraries are essential partners in teaching, research, and scholarly communication through expert, flexible, and entrepreneurial staff, access to information resources, and spaces that encourage reflection, exploration, and interaction. The Learning Commons @ Perry Library, jointly operated by University Libraries, Information Technology Services, and Center for High Impact Practices, creates an environment with access to campus resources, services, and expertise in a single location, as well as facilitates student learning through exploration, collaboration, and discussion. The Libraries' are committed to creating, nurturing, and sustaining an organizational culture built on core principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We apply these principles throughout all phases of operations and services, including, but not limited to: selecting and enabling access to resources; providing users with physical and virtual spaces; developing policies and procedures; and recruiting and managing personnel.

Old Dominion University is a metropolitan state-supported institution with a diverse enrollment of more than 24,000, a leader in distance learning, and a Carnegie Extensive Doctoral/Research University. ODU is Virginia's forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute nearly $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.  More than 120 undergraduate and 130 graduate programs at the master's, education specialist, and doctoral levels and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs are offered.

Screening of applicants will begin March 29, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications:  A complete application will contain a cover letter addressing position requirements, resume and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.  Please submit applications at

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, gender, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.