Associate Director for Scholarly Data and Innovation, Biddle Law Library University of Pennsylvania

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University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Associate Director for Scholarly Data and Innovation, Biddle Law Library

Job Profile Title
Associate Director, Law Library

Job Description Summary
Penn Law’s Biddle Law Library seeks candidates for the newly created position of Associate Director for Scholarly Data and Innovation, joining a talented team of librarians interested in developing intellectual partnerships across the institution and dedicated to providing outstanding support to the Penn Carey Law community. Reporting directly to the Director of the law library, the Associate Director will design and execute the Law Library’s scholarly communication and impact strategies, including expanding existing and developing new library services for faculty publication and scholarship support. The ideal candidate will be interested in developing robust support for measuring, analyzing, expanding, and promoting the scholarly impact of Penn Law’s highly interdisciplinary faculty. This position has the possibility to grow into working with and teaching technology and data skills, and/or into creating or supporting a data visualization program.

Penn Carey Law has approximately 750 JD, 125 LLM, and 10 SJD students. A permanent faculty of 50+, half of whom have a PhD in addition to a JD, is deeply committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching. The School has close ties with the Wharton School, the Annenberg School for Communications, the Center for Bioethics and graduate departments such as history, philosophy and sociology. It offers several joint-degree programs. Biddle Law Library is one of the major law collections in the nation with particularly strong collections in numerous areas of American law, legal history and foreign and international law. The American Law Institute was founded at Penn in 1923, and Biddle is a repository for its archives. Philadelphia is rich in legal history, the home of the National Constitution Center and a city of many cultural opportunities.

Job Description

Design, execute, and oversee the Law Library’s scholarly communication and impact strategies.
Manage and maintain the Law School’s digital scholarship platforms, including bePress’ Expert Gallery Suite, Digital Commons, and faculty working papers in SSRN.
Coordinate work of librarians and staff who support digital scholarship work; may supervise librarians and/or support staff.
Serve as point of contact to faculty members regarding publishing, digital scholarship, and maximizing impact and reach of scholarship.
Assist law faculty in creating and maintaining scholarly profiles (e.g. ORCID, HeinOnline, SSRN, Google Scholar).
Evaluate and implement analytics tools to monitor and measure scholarly impact.
Coordinate with Law School Communications department to ensure cohesive approach to promotion of faculty scholarship and scholarly activities, and with IT department regarding faculty profile pages on law school website.
Serve as point of contact for current students and alumni regarding article submissions on Scholastica.
May assist with reference and faculty services as needed.
May participate in the library’s educational programming (e.g., teaching advanced legal research or other co-curricular instructional efforts).
Serve on professional committees and attend conferences.

Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school of information or library science; 5 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Interest in data and scholarly communications.
A strong service orientation.
Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
Strong problem-solving and leadership skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other decision-makers.

Preferred Qualifications:
JD from an ABA-accredited law school.
Experience working with data and in scholarly communications.
Interest in working with and teaching technology and data skills.

Please include a cover letter with application materials.

Job Location – City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Law School

Pay Range
$72,837.00 – $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts : Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

Tuition : Take advantage of Penn’s exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.

Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.

Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with familywhatever your personal needs may be.

Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.

Wellness and Work-life Resources : Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.

Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.

University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitementand you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.

Discounts and Special Services : From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you’ll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.

Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.

Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.

Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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