Project Manager – Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Project Manager to be responsible for coordinating, managing and supporting the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists (TDMH) pilot program, and other IPRH initiatives as needed. Focus and training in digital humanities methods is imperative to the success of the eligible incumbent for this position. The Project Manager will accomplish strategic objectives by overseeing multiple project activities, provide effective coordination of the unit’s projects and management of their inter-dependencies and initial and ongoing coordination of the TDMH pilot program and other IPRH academic and curricular projects as they arise.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:

Coordinate and serve as the main point of contact for all operational and faculty-development aspects of the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists (TDMH) pilot program. Survey the landscape of institutional resources (both human and otherwise) for the TDMH program, and work to cultivate collaborative partners and networks as necessary to support the work of the program. Coordinate and steer the activities of the TDMH Working Group. Run the application, selection, and notification process for the TDMH program. Investigate external resources available to TDMH Fellows, keeping a current list of opportunities and assisting Fellows with accessing those opportunities. Assist Fellows with identifying courses to complete their digital methods training, and facilitate navigating the audit, or similar, processes for course attendance. Run the application, selection, and notification process for the TDMH program. Serve as liaison between the Fellows and the wider intellectual community, including facilitating relationships with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) and similar campus resources to foster the development of digital methods for undergraduate classroom instruction. Conduct research and data collection and assessment on the TDMH program to document and evaluate its impact and sustainability. Research grant opportunities and spearhead the preparation of funding proposals to support current TDMH projects and future iterations. Organize regular events, activities, and final conference in 2021. Coordinate with Library and Scholarly Commons faculty and staff for digital humanities methods brown bags and other co-curricular programming events. Prepare interim and final reports on the project. Investigate and pursue personal professional development opportunities in digital methods to deepen knowledge and stay ahead of current trends. Provide support to a variety of emerging projects, including Mellon-funded initiatives under development, as determined by the needs of IPRH, including the Mellon Emerging Areas in the Humanities Certificate Programs. Supervision, tasking and scheduling of staff, as needed; and maintaining appropriate staffing levels to ensure project success.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Required: Receipt of PhD in a humanities field within the last five years. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in digital humanities or digital methods through either academic training or career development. Proven record of developing successful professional collaborations. Work experience in a higher-education environment. Strong project-management skills, time management, detail orientation, and capacity to work independently. Effective interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively and foster mutually beneficial partnerships. Robust writing, research, and communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite. Preferred: Previous supervisory experience. Familiarity with Python, HTML, and relational database programming. Familiarity with Scalar and/or Omeka.

Proposed start date: March 1, 2018.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Appointment Status: Full-time academic professional appointment. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

To apply: For full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2017. Search will remain open until qualified candidate is identified. Interviews may be conducted prior to search closing date, but hiring decision will not be made until after the closing date. To apply, submit an online profile through, and upload a letter that details qualifications noted above, CV/Resume and the names and contact information of three professional references. Also required is a narrative of no more than 1,000 words explaining the intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:

  • What is your vision of Digital Humanities in the academy today?
  • What are your intellectual and professional goals for this position?
  • What experience do you have in facilitating intellectual community?
  • What in your career trajectory leads you to seek this kind of work?

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  For further information please contact Erica Hanson, HR Associate, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, at

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