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Senior Program Officer, Digital Library Federation,
Council on Library and Information Resources


PLEASE NOTE: The application period for the Senior Program Officer position is now closed and applications are no longer being accepted.


Appointment date: Spring 2010
Salary range: Competitive, commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package.

General Responsibilities:

The Digital Library Federation (DLF) seeks to further its mission of enabling new research and scholarship by providing leadership and developing opportunities to facilitate shared actions, resources, and infrastructures to extend, secure and preserve the scholarly and cultural record in digital form.

As a major program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the senior program officer reports to the president of CLIR, and will play a critical role in the definition and implementation of CLIR/DLF programs and the evolution of its mission.

Specific responsibilities of the senior program officer will include:

  • articulating the vision of DLF in a way that signifies and promotes its values, particularly fostering a greater awareness of the international aspects of the concept of digital libraries and the need to coordinate all major activity as part of a global effort
  • providing leadership and intellectual direction for the Forum and other programmatic activities
  • working with and expanding the sponsoring organizations
  • identifying and developing strategic partnerships to support goals and programs
  • fundraising, with a particular emphasis on raising funds for the DLF sponsoring organizations, and to work with national funding agencies, private and public, to assure a rational, coordinated approach to project support
  • managing the staff, budget, and assets to accomplish the programs and projects of the organization
  • communicating effectively and persuasively with relevant organizations


  • Knowledge of existing and emergent standards and practices regarding digital library and other scholarly information resources and their Internet distribution. Experience with digital library applications in research libraries, higher education institutions, or technology organizations preferred.
  • Knowledge of the technical context and dimensions of distributed digital materials sufficient to coordinate projects effectively and to contribute to program and project results.
  • An advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Must be both assertive and sensitive in complex environments. Must be able to explain, understand, and reconcile diverse institutional perspectives and needs.
  • Collegial in all respects, with a proven capacity to listen closely to the ideas and opinions of others.
  • Evidence of an ability to motivate and inspire others.
  • Significant leadership experience in research libraries, higher education institutions, or technology organizations.
  • Demonstrated success in project or program management.
  • Experience with regional, national, or international multi-institutional cooperation among research libraries, higher education institutions, or technology organizations.
  • Deep understanding of electronic scholarly communication.

Preference will be given to those candidates who are willing to live and work in Washington, D.C.

The Digital Library Federation was established in 1995. For more information about DLF, see http://www.diglib.org/.

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) provides the organizational administrative home and support for DLF. CLIR is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. For more information, please consult the website: http://www.clir.org. For information about DLF as a program in CLIR, see http://www.clir.org/activities/details/dlfprogram.html.

Nominations and applications should be sent to:
Search Committee, CLIR/DLF Senior Program Officer
Jessica Wade JWade@clir.org

Posted December 29, 2009

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