The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of digital social science data, at the Institute for Social Research (ISR), is now accepting applications for a Data Project Manager to plan, monitor, and oversee the day-to-day management of several data acquisition and archiving projects. ICPSR's data are the foundation for thousands of research articles, reports, and books. Findings from these data are put to use by scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, the media, and the public. Through our data projects we make hundreds of fully documented datasets available for preservation, access, download, and analysis; provide training on effectively using the datasets; and work with funding agencies and data producers to ensure that data of value to the community are made available.
The work environment is a combination of the best aspects of a small nonprofit or business within a university setting. ICPSR is small enough that each person can make a difference, yet large enough to offer a variety of career opportunities. We have a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking within and between departments. We are family-friendly, offering flexibility with work hours, and we have a diverse staff that enriches the workplace with their skills and experience.
We are currently hiring for up to three Data Project Manager and they may provide assistance on a variety of projects, including education and childcare data, expanding access to health data from the various social science disciplines: including health, economics, political science, and sociology. This also may involve expanding access to government data and data related to journal publications.
The Data Project Manager will have primary managerial responsibility for all aspects of data acquisition, processing, dissemination, user support and outreach, and reporting. This will include reaching out to potential data depositors, supporting data producers as they deposit data with us, prioritizing data curation work and monitoring its progress, supporting users as they work with data, and creating and facilitating data trainings to maximize data’s value to researchers. The Project Manager will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of staff activities as they relate to the project and will liaise with ICPSR support units including Information Technology and Curation. Assistance with outreach activities will include attending national conferences as an exhibitor and/or presenter, coordinating and carrying out webinars, and designing, planning, and helping to carry out data training sessions. The major areas of responsibility include:
Provide superior administrative and managerial leadership and day-to-day general supervision of project activities
Plan and organize data acquisition activities, including collecting and managing information about potential and existing data depositors, and engaging in outreach to potential and existing data depositors
Act as liaison to funding organizations on day-to-day activities of sponsored projects.
Ensure that sponsor requirements and deliverables are met, both on-time and on-budget; provide reports to sponsors by deadlines as specified by the project director
Monitor project spending
Collaborate with project Principal Investigator on short and long-range planning including: business strategies, marketing activities, grant proposals, identifying new funding opportunities, specialized reports as needed
Assist project Principal Investigator in creating budgets for ongoing and new/proposed projects including staffing, equipment, and resource allocation
Design, produce, and present on ICPSR products and archives at professional conferences and through webinars (some travel will be required)
Data Collection and Management of Confidential Data
Review incoming data deposits, assign to curation team, and ensure curation work is being carried out according to project’s data processing priorities. Assist data producers in the successful deposit of their data
Implement and ensure adherence with policies, procedures, and guidelines for handling confidential data at ICPSR
Ensure archival holdings are relevant to data users and that the research community is aware of products and services available from ICPSR and/or the project
Provide technical assistance to data users
Plan, prioritize, and set individual and team goals based on project requirements
Coordinate workflow within project and with other units, track task progress, and ensure that deadlines are met on time and within budget. Ensure that standard processing guidelines are met for both public-use and restricted-use datasets
Perform user support and outreach activities, including the development of promotional materials and coordinate conference arrangements
Website review, user experience analyst and other special projects
Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or related field
five years of experience working with social science data
Knowledge of current issues and developments related to data management, archiving, and preservation
2 years or more of project management experience, with demonstrated ability to monitor budgets, create and track against project plans/goals, statements of work, prepare progress reports for internal and external stakeholders, and communicate with funding agencies and partners regarding completed and upcoming work
Experience with social science concepts, social science data, and analysis methods, and statistical applications (SAS, SPSS, etc.).
Excellent customer service skills and customer-oriented focus
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Demonstrated strong organization skills, attention to detail and accuracy
Excellent interpersonal skills
The ability to work as part of a team or individually while meeting deadlines in a multitasking environment
Experience effectively using meeting tools such as WebEx, Skype for Business, Blue Jeans, conference calling, etc
The ability to travel 10%
Master’s degree in Social Sciences or related field
Familiarity with social science data user community and understanding of data resources
Knowledge of confidentiality, disclosure and related issues regarding the dissemination of social science data
Experience with one or more Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software systems (e.g. Salesforce)
3-5 years of experience in a research setting including a data archive or academic library
The Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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