Job Opportunity: Director of Technology

By DPLA, September 15, 2016.
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The DPLA has an opening for the position of Director of Technology.

The Digital Public Library of America seeks a Director of Technology to lead its staff of developers and technologists, and to further DPLA’s mission to bring together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and make them freely available to all. A belief in this mission and the drive to accomplish it over time in a collaborative spirit both within and beyond the organization is essential.

The Director of Technology will be responsible for the overall technology vision for the DPLA, and in consultation with the DPLA senior staff, will develop of new initiatives and cross-institutional partnerships. The Director of Technology will report to the Executive Director.

The Director of Technology will:

  • Orchestrate the design, implementation, and improvement of DPLA’s core infrastructure, user-facing applications, and back-end systems.
  • Oversee and a manage a team of four developers, and work with external contractors as necessary.
  • Act as the primary technical contact for outside organizations, partners, and developers.
  • Cultivate and develop the culture and values of the DPLA Technology Team and the larger organization.
  • Support the philosophy of open source, shared, and community-built software, frameworks, and technologies.
  • Be conversant and comfortable with a broad range of technologies used by the cultural heritage sector, and engage with cultural heritage communities and consortial efforts.


  • Experience with managing developers and technologists in the cultural heritage or non-profit sectors, with a demonstrated capacity of building an environment for success for technical teams.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively in a team environment and the ability to interact effectively with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience contributing to or managing collaborative open source software projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence and empathy.


  • Experience with architectures, standards, and protocols to support interoperability and reuse within and beyond the cultural heritage sector.
  • Demonstrated experience with technical project management, grant writing and administration, and/or development and oversight of RFP processes.
  • Demonstrated desire to learn new technologies or programming languages.

This position is full-time. DPLA is a geographically distributed organization, with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Ideally, this position would be situated in the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston (with a preference for Boston), but remote work based in other locations will also be considered. While not a requirement, a history of working effectively in a distributed organization is helpful.

Like its collection, DPLA is strongly committed to diversity in all of its forms. We provide a full set of benefits, including health care, life and disability insurance, and a retirement plan. Starting salary is commensurate with experience.

About DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated more than 14 million items from over 2,000 institutions. DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.

To apply, send a letter of interest detailing your qualifications, resume and a list of 3 references in a single PDF to First preference will be given to applications received by September 30, 2016, and review will continue until the position is filled.