19.126 job at JSTOR

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 08:36:32 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 126.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 08:28:17 +0100
         From: Altreuter_at_mla.org
         Subject: job as CTO for JSTOR

                           Chief Technology Officer

JSTOR (www.jstor.org) seeks a Chief Technology Officer to provide technical
leadership and vision within this exciting, forward-thinking
entrepreneurial enterprise. We strive to be rapid and innovative adapters
of new technologies that can benefit the academic community in its use of
information resources. The ideal candidate must have a broad awareness of
new information management technologies and must be knowledgeable about
technology trends and information needs affecting the academic community,
and must be able to advocate and implement technology strategically in an
environment of change. The CTO will be a member of JSTOR's senior
management team, and will report to the Executive Director in New York.

The Organization: JSTOR is a not-for-profit pioneer dedicated to creating
and preserving a digital archive of scholarly information resources and to
helping the scholarly community benefit for advances in information
technology. Currently, JSTOR archives and provides access to over 500
scholarly journals in 40 academic disciplines. Researchers and students at
licensed institutions access the archive via the Internet. The JSTOR
database now includes more than 18 million journal pages, and is available
at more than 2,400 institutions in 89 countries around the world. The
archive is maintained on servers at three mirror sites. JSTOR is
headquartered in New York, NY with additional offices in Ann Arbor, MI.
The technical staff consisting of a development manager and several senior
and junior developers is based in Ann Arbor.

In pursuing its goals JSTOR takes a system-wide perspective, balancing the
needs and interests of publishers, libraries, and its users. This balanced
emphasis is reflected in all aspects of JSTOR's activity. JSTOR employs a
small, steadily growing staff that values teamwork and a collegial spirit.

The Job Description: The CTO will oversee, manage, and set the strategic
direction for JSTOR's technological operations and infrastructure. This
person will be responsible for effective deployment of hardware, databases,
and software (whether licensed commercial products, modified open source
software, or programs developed in-house) to maximize the quality of
services delivered both to the JSTOR user community and for internal JSTOR
operations. The CTO will be responsible for oversight and maintenance of
the current system as well as for the design and implementation of future
system features and overhauls. The CTO will direct the activities of a
staff of 14 Junior and Senior Developers through a Development Manager
based in Ann Arbor. The CTO will also determine when additional contract
development staff are needed and will be responsible for acquiring
contractors and assuring their accountability. In addition to its
development staff, JSTOR uses the services of a shared IT service from its
affiliated organization, Ithaka for networking and infrastructure support.
The CTO may also determine the need for JSTOR's own technology operations
staff. The CTO will be the primary liaison to that group and will monitor
its activities and direct its efforts on behalf of JSTOR. Further, the CTO
will be empowered to acquire software or development services externally,
either from commercial entities, open source providers, or from Ithaka as
needed. JSTOR has undergone significant growth over the last two years and
must enhance its organizational structures, processes, and procedures to
accommodate a more complex technological and software development
environment. It is expected that growth will continue. .

Required Skills and Experience: The CTO must demonstrate excellent
leadership, communication, and management skills and should have a minimum
of 10 years experience managing software development and technology
infrastructure teams. Experience deploying proven software engineering
methods for insuring the development of high quality software in a timely
way is required. Experience working in both a small organization and a
larger development team in a public server production environment is
strongly preferred, as is experience managing through a period of growth.
Knowledge and familiarity with higher education technology environments,
interoperability approaches and open source systems is a plus. The CTO must
demonstrate the capacity to work effectively both with technical staff and
non-technical staff, and must have experience working with non-technical
staff in the design and delivery of a software product or a database
resource. The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written
communication skills, and must exhibit the capacity to motivate staff
effectively in a geographically dispersed team environment. The CTO can be
located in either New York or Ann Arbor but must be prepared to travel
regularly between the two locations.

JSTOR offers a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, and
the opportunity to grow.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and salary
requirements to:


We will consider each response carefully, but only contact those
individuals we feel are most qualified for the position. Relocation
assistance is available for this position. Telephone inquiries will not be

JSTOR is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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