Job: Production Manager, CDRS, Columbia University

Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is looking for a talented, energetic, decisive, and detail-oriented person with diverse technical abilities, extensive managerial and project management experience, and superb interpersonal skills to oversee the innovative scholarly digital products and projects created at CDRS.
The Production Manager is responsible for all aspects of platform development, products, and projects, including creating the production schedule, developing technical requirements, assigning staffing and other resources, and managing those resources over the entire product lifecycle.

  • Provide senior leadership on development projects and take an active role on the management team.
  • Supervise the development/production process for all projects to best effect for both staff and partners; direct the entire lifecycle of all products and projects.
  • Provide managerial oversight and guidance for production and Web development staff.
  • Liaise with CDRS’ partners, presenting them with best-practice solutions.
  • Identify technical requirements and generate functional specifications and information architecture for current/prospective projects and products.
  • Research new digital technologies and online platforms, especially those being developed within the academic community.
  • Develop and implement strategies for new products and value-added services suited to the Columbia University community’s needs.

Required and Desired Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent required. Advanced degree desirable.
  • Minimum of 4-6 years’ experience (at least 3 years as project/production manager) in an advanced role in online media, Web development, or related areas; online academic publishing or library/academic technology experience preferred.
  • Proven ability to address complex technical challenges with innovative solutions.
  • Easy-going, collaborative personality with superb communication and interpersonal skills.
  • History of successfully managing multiple priorities and projects with diverse requirements.
  • Expertise in directing, motivating, and collaborating with Web designers, Web developers, project managers, content creators, and other stakeholders. Experience in information architecture and wireframes highly desired.
  • Strong proficiency with multiple project management tools and methods. Agile or Scrum experience desirable.
  • Excellent understanding of multiple Web programming technologies, Web 2.0 technologies, W3C standards, and online communities. Familiarity with semantic Web technologies and platforms a plus.
  • Knowledge of best practices and best-of-breed Web-based interfaces, including a good understanding of user interface/user experience principles.
  • Ability to learn and retain new concepts, technologies, and user experience ideas quickly.
  • In-depth knowledge of the specific technology needs and challenges faced by university researchers, faculty, and librarians highly desired.
  • Hands-on skills in XML, XHTML/DHTML, CSS, Javascript/JQuery, PHP, and/or Ruby on Rails highly desired. Familiarity with databases (e.g., MySQL) a plus.
  • Experience with Alfresco, Blacklight, Drupal, Fedora, MediaWiki, Open Conference Systems, Open Journal Systems, and/or WordPress a plus.

To apply:
For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter and résumé online at: One of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity, and cultural richness of New York City.
The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) ( partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia’s research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. CDRS is a part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, which, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation, and leadership.
We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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