Information Research Specialist

Posted to IASSIST on: 2008-09-09

Employer: Harvard Business School

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Duties And Responsibilities: As part of a team-based service department within Knowledge and Library Services, works primarily with HBS faculty, research assistants, and doctoral students to determine research data and analytical needs and develop plans for supporting research projects, personally implementing or managing the implementation of those plans. Responds to customers’ information research needs using electronic, printed, and other types of information sources. Researches, identifies, evaluates, obtains, accesses, interprets, and analyzes text and quantitative information and data from printed and digital sources, including, but not limited to: macroeconomic, financial, accounting, and securities data; and, where appropriate, information collected from third-party and non-traditional sources. Builds and manages coherent databases, merges data from multiple sources and formats; performs statistical analyses; creates spreadsheets, graphs and databases representing results of research and analyses; consults with and advises researchers on optimal methodologies and interpretations of results. Serves as backup to Senior Information Researcher in providing colleagues and customers with training, maintenance, and support for specialized research databases and analytical software in Baker Library Services and the Division of Research and Faculty Development’s Faculty Research Computing Center. Responsible for completing a varying number of long-term research projects as well as responding to quick-turnaround information requests. Other duties as required.

Basic Qualifications: Masters degree or equivalent graduate education in Business Administration, Economics, Statistics, or other relevant discipline. Second Masters degree in related field highly desirable. Minimum 2-4 years of professional-level information research work experience. Broad knowledge of business topics including corporate finance and accounting; solid understanding of business and economics concepts and related quantitative measures. Demonstrated skills and experience in the use of common tools for information access, management, analysis, and presentation. Demonstrated ability to access and extract information from data in a variety of formats. Record of involvement in empirical investigations in business and/or economics or research experience in a large corporate or academic library. Demonstrated dedication, flexibility, creativity, and adaptability in the uses and management of available resources and in identifying, evaluating, acquiring, accessing, and employing new resources. Demonstrated ability to take initiative and thrive in a high-paced, changing, collaborative environment. Able to produce timely, high quality results under pressure. Highly developed skills in information organization, presentation and delivery; critical thinking; customer service; initiative. Demonstrated record of managing customer relationships, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and sharing workloads and projects with a research team. Deep experience using SAS and Excel essential, some knowledge of STATA and SPSS desirable. Intermediate to advanced desktop and/or UNIX computer skills. Knowledge of standard business research databases, including COMPUSTAT, CRSP, SDC, Datastream, Bloomberg, IBES, Morningstar, and Research Insight is desirable. Excellent organizational, writing, communication and interpersonal skills. Record of involvement in the mentoring and coaching of junior research staff and novice researchers.

Archived on: 2008-10-30