Director of Research Data Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2013-12-13

Employer: University of New Mexico

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The College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences has an opening for a Director of Research Data Services with an anticipated start date of May 2014. This is a full-time (12 month), tenure-track position that includes comprehensive benefits. The faculty rank, tenure status, and salary are negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

This is an exciting time for the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences (UL&LS) as it expands its support for research data services to meet the needs of faculty and students. The Director of Research Data Services leads the scientific data curation initiative that is aimed at assisting researchers with collection, management, preservation, and sharing of research data. The Director also serves as UL&LS scientific data lead on policy, service, and cyberinfrastructure development and will guide the innovative use of technology to advance the mission and goals of the University. The Director 1) advises UL&LS senior leadership on emerging technologies and opportunities in data services and 2) in collaboration with existing technology teams, develops and manages technology services, solutions, and staff to meet and exceed research goals within the University of New Mexico (UNM). The Director may teach graduate and undergraduate courses in information sciences and advise master’s degree and doctoral students. The Director will conduct research and produce scholarly publications in the area of information sciences. This position will report to the Dean of UL&LS.

The UL&LS integrates the UNM values of Excellence, Access with Support to Succeed, Integrity, Diversity, Respectful Relationships, Freedom and Sustainability into all we do. The UL&LS adds to UNM’s values: Service, Trust, Collaboration and Accountability.

Primary Duties

  • Lead the development and implementation of the Research Data Services Program, in consultation with other faculty, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Identify strategies for understanding and responding to the evolving research data services needs of university researchers.
  • Evolve and modify program scope, services, procedures, and practices consistent with the goals and mission of the college and in response to program evaluation and assessment, user needs, and resource availability.
  • Develop, coordinate and manage Research Data Services Team including hiring, evaluation, and training.
  • Analyze staffing, budget, and resource programmatic requirements.
  • Ensure cross-program coordination in the implementation and delivery of Research Data Services, particularly between this program and the College’s Outreach and Academic & Research Technology Services programs.
  • Maintain an active research agenda.
  • As appropriate, teach and participate in faculty governance meetings; and participate in UL&LS management and project meetings, as required.
  • Participate in college wide projects and services.

Environment The University of New Mexico is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the New Mexico Consortium of Academic Libraries, and leads the LIBROS Consortium that hosts the shared catalog for fourteen academic libraries in New Mexico. The College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences contains over 3 million volumes and includes four branch libraries: Centennial Science and Engineering Library; Fine Arts & Design Library; Parish Memorial Library (management and social sciences); and Zimmerman Library (education and humanities). Planning is currently underway in Zimmerman Library for the implementation of a Learning Commons with a Combined Service Point as the centerpiece. Zimmerman Library also houses the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. The UL&LS is a degree-granting college. UNM is a Tier I Research Institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution. 


Earned Degree(s):

  • Earned Doctorate -OR-
  • Two Master’s degrees: an earned Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library/information sciences program plus a second Master’s degree.
  • Five years of experience in an academic setting with expertise in informatics, cyberinfrastructure, project management, and computational and data science issues in science and engineering disciplines.  


  • Earned Doctorate or Master’s degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) or quantitative social sciences.
  • Demonstrated expertise using standard scientific software such as database management systems, geographic information systems, and scientific, statistical and web programming languages.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in program management, leadership, and supervision.
  • Experience in operational and strategic planning.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, persuasion/negotiation, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges and solutions related to the life cycle of research data.
  • Demonstrated understanding of long-term preservation issues, concepts, and practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and grant management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams that support research data services.
  • Experience planning and facilitating informatics training and teaching graduate courses in information sciences.
  • Evidence of research and scholarly publication in information sciences.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work with culturally diverse populations.


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