Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing (5945)
University of California Office of the President
Requisition Number: 20190376
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: Academic Affairs: Academic Planning, Programs, and Coordination - California Digital Library
Posting Salary: $125,000 - $135,000
Position Summary: The California Digital Library has two outstanding opportunities for dynamic, highly-motivated professionals to join our systemwide licensed collections team. This is a transformative time at CDL and the University of California, with an opportunity to truly have an impact in a dynamic and rapidly-changing environment. Come join us and make a difference!
The Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing will lead and manage systemwide licensing activities for digital scholarly content on behalf of the University of California Libraries, including responsibility for a $40M+ licensed content portfolio and oversight of all phases of licensing activity from inception through acquisitions and ongoing management. Working in close collaboration with CDLs Associate Executive Director / Director of Collection & Development Management, the Assistant Director manages and provides strategic and operational direction to a distributed licensing and collection services staff of 12+ FTE in two primary locations (Oakland and UC San Diego) and is a key collaborator in developing strategic directions for the CDL collections program as a whole.
The California Digital Library (CDL) is a collaborative effort of the ten campuses of the University of California to provide transformative digital library services, grounded in campus partnerships and extended through external collaborations, that amplify the impact of the libraries, scholarship, and resources of the University of California. As a UC systemwide library, CDL provides services to and on behalf of the UC system in partnership with the UC campus libraries. As a globally-connected digital library, CDL occupies a unique position between local UC campuses and global digital library infrastructure. CDL is a unit within the UC Office of the President with a staff of 70+ located in Oakland, CA.
CDL's Collection Development and Management Program is engaged in a major multi-year effort to transform its licensing activities to support a more open scholarly communication environment. The Assistant Director for Systemwide Licensing will be a key collaborator in these efforts by leading and managing systemwide licensing activities for digital scholarly content worth in excess of $45 million on behalf of the University of California Libraries and UC-affiliated national laboratories, including oversight of all phases of licensing activity from inception through acquisitions and life-cycle management. Working in a highly team-based environment and in collaboration with the Associate Executive Director / Director of Collection & Development Management, the Assistant Director manages and provides strategic and operational direction to a distributed licensing and collection services staff of 12+ FTE in two primary locations (Oakland and UC San Diego), facilitates collective decision-making across the UC library system, and advances the interests of CDL and the UC Libraries through collaborative leadership and professional engagement at the regional and national level.
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Leads and oversees UC systemwide licensed content negotiations with publishers and other content providers for digital scholarly content worth in excess of $44 million on behalf of the University of California Libraries and UC-affiliated national laboratories, including direct responsibility for approximately $9 million in CDL content expenditures, and ensures outcomes that produce significant efficiencies and cost savings for the UC Libraries and other clients of CDL's licensing services.
Both directly and in collaboration with UC Libraries collection managers and librarians and through coordinated effort of the CDL licensing team, develops negotiating tactics and strategies, options, and fall-back positions.
Oversees effective electronic resource management strategies, systems, and workflows. Rationalizes and transforms licensing activities and investments in light of emerging business models and trends in scholarly communication, including open access developments. Establishes, recommends, and promotes licensing policies, standards, and procedures that advance the UC Libraries' mission-based goals and operational effectiveness. Provides broad strategic and policy advice to the Associate Executive Director / Director, Collection & Development Management regarding all aspects of collections licensing, electronic resource management, and contract administration.
Works closely with colleagues in other CDL programs and with UC campus librarians to further CDL and UC Libraries' licensed content and scholarly communication goals and strategies.
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree in related area and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
A minimum of five years of relevant experience with a successful record of increasing responsibility and accomplishment.
Proven experience and track record of success in negotiating effective licensing and business terms with major publishers, including strong negotiation and persuasion skills as well as political acumen.
Deep understanding of academic library mission, goals, and organization, preferably in a research library setting.
Advanced knowledge of current and emerging issues, practices, standards and trends in the areas of library content licensing, scholarly publishing and communication, and library electronic resource management, including a record of achievement in advancing library practice these areas.
Experience working in a consortial or similar complex organizational setting, or comparable experience in an environment requiring extensive interaction and consensus-building among multiple diverse stakeholders.
Significant experience in license construction and standards, including advanced knowledge of relevant intellectual property issues and trends and other applicable laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and policies.
Broad familiarity with library technical and descriptive standards and trends, including bibliographic standards such as MARC and RDA, digital file formats and other relevant digital library standards, and accessibility standards.
Strong knowledge and skills in management and personnel administration, including selection, training, leadership, mentoring, evaluation, and problem resolution.
Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including superior ability to deal with broad and diverse constituencies.
Demonstrated success in leading teams and facilitating collaborative effort.
Excellent critical thinking and analytical ability. Required
Advanced degree in library and information science, law, or a related discipline strongly preferred. Preferred
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