Associate Director, Data Management Program

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-08-15

Employer: University of California, Davis

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When you see a reference to a dataset, do you immediately start thinking about how to visualize it? Or how it might be accessed by other researchers and students? Do you want to help figure out how to model data schema for an entire research university? Come work with us!

Under general direction of the Director, Online Strategy, the Associate Director, Data Management Program provides leadership and expertise for research data management across the Library, serving the entire UC Davis community.

Responsible for development, implementation, and leadership of a program that enables the Library to contribute to the management and accessibility of the university’s research outputs, including support of funding agency requirements.

Work closely with personnel in other Library units, including Digital Scholarship, Research Services, Collection Services, and other Online Strategies units. Work with campus departments including Data Sciences Initiative, IT departments on the Davis and Sacramento campuses, Offices of Research and Medical Research, and major research computing facilities in the schools and colleges.

Develop, coordinate, deliver, promote, and evaluate data management services. Consult with faculty, students, and research personnel on a broad range of data use and management issues, including data description, discovery, citation and reuse, ownership and sharing, visualization, preservation, and archiving.

Lead and manage a small professional group recruited or assigned to the program. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in data or information management, computer science, librarianship or information technology, along with relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant knowledge, training and experience.
  • Experience in the development, coordination, delivery and promotion of information, research or data management services, preferably in a university environment. 
  • Experience with institutional or subject based data repository systems, and tools for managing digital assets and repository software, such as Fedora, DMP Tool, Figshare, REDCap, Dataverse, Amazon Glacier, GitHub, and similar services.
  • Knowledge of data description and metadata standards, including identifier schemes such as DOI, and relevant content transmission and retrieval protocols, such as OAI-ORE, RSS/ATOM, ORCID, and others. 
  • Knowledge of data-driven research, scholarly communication, and the technical and social aspects of data management. 
  • Knowledge of issues and technical challenges and solutions related to the life cycle of research data, including storage, publication, and preservation. 
  • Skills to lead, build consensus and promote the exchange of information among teams in a complex organization, and an ability to work independently and with initiative, set priorities, and balance the demands of a complex working environment. 
  • Communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills to engage with people in different settings, and to explain technical concepts to laypeople. 
  • Supervisory experience.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with ongoing and sustained professional engagement, such as service in data-focused organizations, presentations at conferences, and publication.
  • Experience with data analysis tools, data mining techniques, and data storage architectures. 
  • Experience with at least one script oriented programming language or framework, such as Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP, or similar. 
  • Knowledge of U.S. intellectual property rights law, with an emphasis on copyright issues as they apply to data.
  • Experience with data visualization tools such as D3.js, OpenLayers, Neo4j, ImageJ, and so forth.
  • Experience using geospatial tools, data description, and timelines such as OpenStreetMap, MapZen, GDAL, and PostGIS.

Archived on: 2015-08-17