[Humanist] 23.330 jobs: asst director at MITH; sys-admin & webmaster

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  [1]   From:    Neil Fraistat <fraistat at umd.edu>                          (60)
        Subject: Job at MITH

  [2]   From:    Tom Elliott <tom.elliott at NYU.EDU>                        (131)
        Subject: job: ISAW web master / systems administrator

        Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:42:26 -0400
        From: Neil Fraistat <fraistat at umd.edu>
        Subject: Job at MITH

Dear all,

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is seeking to
hire an Assistant Director to join our management team, which currently
consists of Matt Kirschenbaum, Doug Reside, and me.

Made possible by a major Challenge Grant from the NEH, MITH was founded in
1999 by the University of Maryland's College of Arts and Humanities,
Libraries, and Office of Information Technology. In the ten years since its
founding, MITH has become internationally recognized as one of the leading
digital humanities centers in the world.

MITH is generously supported by the University administration and enjoys
productive collaborations with allied campus units, including the University
Libraries, the College of Information Science, and the Human Computer
Interaction Lab. Geographically situated within the Washington DC Beltway,
MITH is perfectly positioned for its frequent collaborations with the
world-class libraries, museums, and cultural institutions in the
metropolitan area, but our partnerships have also extended around the world.
Recent projects include a collaboration with several major libraries in the
U.K. and the United States to create an online archive of all extant
pre-1642 quartos of Shakespeare’s plays and participation on a national
research team charged by the Library of Congress with the preservation of
virtual worlds (e.g. Adventure, DOOM, and Second Life). This latter project
is part of MITH’s larger focus on the preservation of born digital creative
work, also represented by our hosting of the Electronic Literature
Organization and the Deena Larsen Collection--one of the world’s largest
publicly held collections of electronic literature.

The Assistant Director will bear primary responsibility for project
management and oversight of all MITH projects, including creation of
deadlines for all deliverables and project tracking; the supervision of
MITH’s development team, which includes programmers, web designers, graduate
assistants, and interns; and computer programming services, data, and
application architecture design and modeling for MITH projects. We are
therefore seeking a web programmer experienced with web scripting languages
(JavaScript, PHP, Ruby) and with some knowledge of compiled languages (Java,
C++). Ability to work with Unix/Linux based applications is required, and
preference will be given to candidates with database and XML expertise.
Strong organizational and project management skills are also mandatory, as
are excellent communication skills. A humanities background is especially
desirable. Bachelor’s degree required; MA, MLS, or Ph.D. preferred.

The Assistant Director is a full-time, 12-month staff position at the
University. Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from
$51,304-$64,131. The University also offers a competitive benefits package.
To apply, please send a letter of application, CV, and contact information
for three references to Doug Reside, Search Chair, via email:
dreside at umd.edu. For best consideration, apply by close of business on
October 9, 2009. The University of Maryland actively subscribes to a policy
of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against any
employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual
orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, or
political affiliation. Women and Minorities are strongly encouraged to



Neil Fraistat
Professor of English & Director
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
301-405-5896 or 301-314-7111 (fax)

        Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 20:40:29 +0100
        From: Tom Elliott <tom.elliott at NYU.EDU>
        Subject: job: ISAW web master / systems administrator

Dear friends:

We have an immediate opening in New York for a full-time systems 
administrator / web master at the Institute.

Job description and application instructions:


Position Summary:
Design, develop, program and manage websites, databases, departmental 
servers and other computing and office automation systems for the 
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW).  Formulate 
policies, establish priorities, independently resolve routine and 
non-routine technical matters; provide technical analysis, user support 
and oversee repairs/upgrades for the full range of ISAW's computing and 
office automation needs; manage administrative and technical functions 
for the Institute; collaborate with central Information Technology 
Services and other university departments to ensure a complete, 
up-to-date and smoothly functioning IT infrastructure. Provide direct IT 
support for events and other special requirements.

Qualifications/Required Education   	
Bachelor's degree in computer science, information science, computer 
engineering or a closely related field.

Preferred Education 	
Master's degree in computer science, information science, computer 
engineering or a closely related field.

Required Experience 	
Four years of relevant experience and/or combination of education. Must 
include administration of Macintosh servers, website creation and 
maintenance, and design, deployment and management of databases.

Preferred Experience
Customization and administration of Plone-based web applications.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 	
Macintosh and PC network and systems administration. XHTML+CSS, 
Filemaker Pro plus one or more of the following programming skills: 
Python, SQL, JavaScript/AJAX. Ability to communicate policies and 
procedures to a diverse population at all levels. Demonstrated knowledge 
and understanding of information technology applications in complex 
networked/on-line system environments. Ability to make decisions 
independently and without direct supervision. Ability to work 
cooperatively as a member of an interdisciplinary team, communicate 
effectively and persuasively to senior IT and administrative management, 
and represent the Institute in internal and external interactions. 
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 	
Management of a major website re-engineering or information systems 
development project. Experience as a consultant working with clients to 
identify IT needs and developing a system responsive to those needs.

Projected Position Start Date 	10-15-2009

Principal Duties:
1. Modify, maintain and update all ISAW websites and web applications 
including the Institute's legacy website, as well as existing 
"minisites" for excavations, exhibitions, conferences and other 
ISAW-related projects.  Train staff how to update sites and monitor 
results for quality and technical integrity. Plan for and implement 
upgrades and technology transitions to ensure all web assets remain 
functional and accessible, and reflect positively on the Institute's 
public image. Adapt existing or create new minisites for ISAW projects, 
excavations, exhibitions and conferences.

2. Collaborate with staff and leadership across the Institute to design, 
develop, program, deploy and administer a next-generation content 
management system, events management system and associated web 
application. Collaborate with Digital Projects staff in directing 
subcontractors working on programming and design tasks to support the 
effort, evaluate their work, communicate effectiveness to leadership and 
ensure on-time project completion. Manage the migration of content from 
the legacy website to the new system and the decommissioning of the 
legacy website. Assume primary responsibility for the systems 
administration, software upgrade and maintenance of the new site and 
associated systems.

3. Perform system and network administration duties for Macintosh server 
(file sharing and centralized backup services) and  Apple and PC laptop 
and desktop computers.  Ensure security, performance and optimal uptime 
of all systems. Ensure availability of network, internet access, 
printing and other services for guests as appropriate. Monitor and 
analyze system performance and resource usage to identify areas for 
improvement and potential economies.

4. Support the computing and office automation needs of staff, faculty, 
students, visiting scholars and other guests in accordance with 
Institute policy. Establish a help desk system and associated process 
for request submission and task management. Train personnel on its use 
and monitor it to provide quick and effective response to all tickets. 
Handle inquiries and requests in a congenial, professional and efficient 
manner. Assess nature and complexity of requests, responding to 
inquiries and resolving problems immediately whenever possible. Promptly 
report conflicts or other difficulties to the Administrative Director 
and Associate Director for Digital Programs. Provide "how-to" guides and 
other training and reference materials via internal web pages, emails 
and other means.

5. Ensure efficient and innovative flow and processing of information 
throughout the faculty and administrative staff and offices (to include 
non-local affiliates). Train staff in use of database and web 
applications for information management. Identify bottlenecks, research 
appropriate solutions and communicate recommendations to management. 
Design, develop, program, install and configure databases and web 
applications to support information management and processing.  Maintain 
and improve software and hardware for scanning and desktop publishing 
functions. Administer email lists.

6. Manage inventory, procurement and proper operation of computer and 
office automation hardware, software, licenses and associated supplies. 
Oversee supply closet, retain keys and authorize access to supply 
closet. Respond to requests about office equipment. Schedule both 
regular and emergency maintenance of shared equipment (fax, copy 
machines, printers, etc.) as appropriate.  Maintain inventory database 
in a complete and up-to-date fashion. Track expenditures and report to 
Administrative Director on budget concerns and major purchases.

7. Serve as liaison between ISAW and ITS, Telecomm, Asset Management and 
other University departments, as well as external service vendors to 
ensure that installations, upgrades, repairs and policy changes are 
implemented in a timely manner and perform as expected.

8. Ensure the smooth, professional and on-time execution of ISAW public 
and internal events (e.g., lectures) by conducting routine checks and 
preventative maintenance on all required audio-visual systems, laptops, 
projectors and the like; by ensuring all systems are set up in advance 
of each event; by liaising with presenters in advance to ensure their 
slides are properly prepared for presentation and loaded on appropriate 
machines; and by attending (or ensuring a subordinate attends) all 
appropriate events to assist in the event of difficulties. Smooth 
functioning of technology at these events, and ready access to technical 
assistance, is highly visible and has a significant impact on ISAW's 

9. Supervise staff; identify and prioritize assignments to ensure 
deadlines are met and review work for accuracy.

Tom Elliott
Associate Director for Digital Programs
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
New York University

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