Head, Social Sciences and Visualization

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-09-02

Employer: Harvard University

Employer URL: http://www.harvard.edu/


[The Harvard College Library of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) seeks an individual to lead the social science program, including Data, Government Information and Environmental Research and build strong collaborations (or relationship) with the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS). The head will direct the development of the libraries’ support of the social sciences including outreach and teaching to academic departments and centers, oversee the data and government documents and environmental research areas and collaborate with FAS bibliographers who are responsible for collection development in these areas. The head will be well versed in emerging technologies and trends for outreach and visualization in the social sciences and related trends in the curation of quantitative data.   Under the direction of the Librarian of Lamont Library and Director of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information, the Head, Social Sciences and Data Visualization provides leadership in aligning the library’s goals for research, teaching, learning, and collection building in the social sciences including government information, quantitative data, and data visualization across the social sciences and humanities. ]{.TEXT}


  • Master’s Degree in the Social Sciences or equivalent,
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in an academic research environment
  • Experience working in a public service environment
  • Excellent understanding of quantitative data and government information
  • Knowledge of current data analysis, visualization methods and trends required
  • Knowledge of statistical data software required
  • Knowledge of data management and data life-cycle issues


  • PhD preferred
  • Experience as an instructor and presenter with comfort and strong interest in tools for authoring with the evolving tools for digital scholarship preferred
  • Knowledge of relevant quantitative Social Science information and data sets.
  • Basic knowledge of GIS and trends in geospatial analysis preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively and participate in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of data management and curation
  • Adaptability and flexibility to succeed and thrive in an environment of evolving change
  • Excellent critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). Ability to communicate well with students, faculty, staff and researchers at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of current research practices and experience in the effective applications of technology in research and education
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.

Archived on: 2015-09-02