Digital Strategist – Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library seeks an enthusiastic, highly organized, and experienced Digital Strategist to join our growing Digital Media and Publications (DMP) division.

The Digital Strategist will work closely with the Director of Digital Access and the rest of the DMP team to advance projects that are critical to the Folger’s mission of creating unique resources and access points for all of its various audiences: researchers, teachers, students, and members of the general public who want to learn more about Shakespeare and his vast world. The Digital Strategist will collaborate with staff across the institution to understand the Folger’s technology needs, and design or develop appropriate solutions in conjunction with key stakeholders and project teams. As a member of a pan-institutional department, the Digital Strategist is expected to help connect resources where appropriate, and identify opportunities to harness in-house knowledge for digital initiates.  They are expected to be proficient with current content management technologies and Folger initiatives, and serve as digital architect and analyst. In their first year, the Digital Strategist will devote a substantial amount of time to an exciting new digital media platform project, funded through the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This position requires at least ten years of relevant experience, with a preference for experience as an information architect, business analyst, and/or functional analyst. Experience in an academic, library, or non-profit setting is preferred. Applicants must have deep knowledge of all layers of database-driven web applications and experience with creating wireframes, taxonomies, data schema, and clickable prototypes. Experience with creating, deploying, and sustaining CMS-based web sites and digital media repositories is essential. Experience with usability testing is highly desirable. Experience with standard office software and database systems required. Applicants with project management experience, and who are organized, task-oriented, and deadline-driven are strongly preferred. Experience with managing multiple projects and competing deadlines is necessary. The successful candidate will have a team-oriented approach to work, excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong interest in digital humanities. Knowledge of Shakespeare and early modern English literature is helpful, but not required.

This position is full time with a generous benefits package.  Thorough background checks are required.  Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume.   No phone calls, please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. The Folger welcomes millions of visitors online and in person. We provide unparalleled access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations. With the Folger, you can experience the power of perfor­mance, the wonder of exhibitions, and the excitement of path breaking research. We offer the opportunity to see and even work with early modern sources, driving discovery and transform­ing education for students of all ages. Shakespeare belongs to you. His world is vast. Come explore. Join us online, on the road, or in Washington, DC.


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About Folger Shakespeare Library

Welcome to the Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, a block from the US Capitol. Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art, the Folger serves a wide audience of scholars, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater- and concert-goers. The Folger opened in 1932, as a gift to the American people from founders Henry and Emily Folger. An internationally recognized research library, the Folger offers advanced scholarly programs in the humanities. We are an innovator in the preservation of rare materials, and major new digital initiatives support our leadership role in digital humanities (DH) research. The Folger is a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12. We produce publications and resources—in print and online—to support teachers, students, and lifelong learners interested in Shakespeare’s plays and the world that shaped them, including the Folger Editions, which are the number one Shakespeare text used in American classrooms today. We publish Shakespeare Quarterly, the premiere journal for Shakespeare scholarship, as well as the award-winning Folger Magazine. Our wide variety of cultural and arts programs include theater, music, poetry, exhibitions, lectures, screenings, and family programs. By promoting understanding of Shakespeare and his world, the Folger reminds us of the enduring influence of his works, the formative effects of the Renaissance on our own time, and the power of the written and spoken word.