Director of Research Data Services

 

About the Indiana University Libraries

Salary and Benefits

Being Hired with Tenure

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Director of Research Data Services

IU Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and team-oriented leader to provide strategy and direction in the Director of Research Data Services position. This is a new leadership opportunity for an individual with experience and vision to develop, deliver, and assess a broad suite of research data services, including GIS and geospatial data and data repository and discovery services. This position guides the growth and provision of IU Libraries' research data services and participation in campus and university initiatives related to research data. The Director of Research Data Services will also provide leadership for various partnerships associated with research data initiatives, actively participating in developing the IU Research Data Commons and building programs that support and foster a culture of open data stewardship and discovery. 
The successful candidate will be at the forefront of strategically advancing research data initiatives, engaging with campus researchers and university partners, and establishing and promoting research data programs in collaboration with library, campus, and university colleagues. With a vision for growth, they will proactively advance and support IU Libraries’ alignment and integration into campus and university strategic priorities. The Director of Research Data Services will involve developing and maintaining a broad range of strategic partnerships, working collaboratively and in consultation on functions, resources, and programs, and capitalizing on IU Libraries’ distinct interdisciplinary and technical expertise. 
This position, reporting to the IU Libraries-Bloomington Associate Dean for Organizational Strategy and Scholarly Communication, offers a unique opportunity for professional growth and development. Research Data Services is a growing area in IU Libraries, and the department is expected to expand over time with the Director’s guidance and leadership. The Director of Research Data Services collaborates closely with colleagues across IU’s research campuses (Bloomington and Indianapolis) and other IU Libraries directors to coordinate strategic operations and ensure progress toward goals and priorities. The incumbent will work with various library, campus, and university colleagues to advance initiatives associated with research data services and infrastructure. The Director of Research Data Services is a member of the IU Libraries Director Council and advises the administration on organizational planning, financial planning, and policy development. 

TENURE STATUS
This is a unique opportunity for individuals looking for flexibility in their career path. The Director of Research Data Services appointment can be tenured/tenure-track or non-tenure-track, depending on the qualifications and preference of the successful candidate.  Tenure-track appointees must have the demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the IU Libraries. (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/promotion-and-tenure-criteria-iub-li…)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement strategies for delivering research data programming, resources, and services for students and researchers in alignment with broader initiatives across the Libraries and IU’s research campuses
  • Provide leadership, direction, and vision for Research Data Services personnel and maintain a work environment that encourages development, engagement, and job satisfaction 
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the IU Libraries to advance strategic initiatives and assess and monitor progress toward strategic goals
  • Lead and coordinate the Libraries Research Data Services Working Group, a collaborative group of data librarians at IU Bloomington and IU Indianapolis that shares expertise and identifies emerging needs and opportunities for library-based research data services
  • Communicate and regularly engage with a variety of library, campus, and university partners who provide and support data services through technical infrastructure, collections, open initiatives, scholarly communication, external funding, information technology, and instruction/training/consultation services
  • Provide leadership for Libraries participation in the IU Research Data Commons initiative (https://researchdata.iu.edu
  • Collaborate with campus and university partners to support, develop, and increase the visibility of a broad and robust suite of data services including, but not limited to, guidance on funder/publisher requirements, data sharing platforms, FAIR data principles, open data stewardship, data management
  • Participate as an active member of the Libraries Director Council
  • Assess and advise on technical, software, and other tools that will improve research data sharing and services
  • Contribute to the development of grant proposals and collaborative projects
  • Contribute to IU Libraries participation in consortial and open-source efforts such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and Samvera
  • Maintain awareness and engagement with national and international trends related to research data
  • Promote the Libraries culture of diversity and inclusion and support the values outlined in the IU Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/diversity-strategic-plan-0

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the minimum qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.
  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered
  • Minimum two years of experience directing or coordinating research data programs or services 
  • Demonstrated experience with the range of data services concepts, such as research data repositories and metadata standards, data curation, open data, and data literacy  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and trends across the research lifecycle and the evolving landscape of open and public data, data ethics, data repositories, and data sharing
  • Demonstrated experience with various data management practices and ability to advise researchers on planning, budgeting, and compliance with funder requirements (e.g., NSF, NIH).  
  • Demonstrated experience with a programming or scripting language, preferably Python or R 
  • Evidence of strong organizational and project management skills
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a range of constituents with varying levels of knowledge and experience (e.g., faculty, librarians, IT professionals, and students in a variety of disciplines) 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaborative teams, bring groups of varied stakeholders together in a complex, rapidly changing, and professionally diverse environment, and build dynamic relationships with faculty, students, and academic colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully work independently 
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and enhance the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion and support the values outlined in the IU Libraries Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/diversity-strategic-plan-20162017pdf)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred qualifications are not required, and IU Libraries is committed to helping our future colleagues develop preferred skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, training, and supervising librarians and/or professional staff
  • Demonstrated familiarity with FAIR data principles, the tenets of the Open Science movement, and related scholarly communication issues and trends
  • Demonstrated experience with Hyrax, DSpace, Dataverse, or other digital repository systems used for research data 
  • Demonstrated experience working with researchers on data management planning 
  • Demonstrated familiarity with technologies used in high-performance computing
  • Demonstrated experience with tools, applications, and methods for accessing, managing, manipulating, cleaning, analyzing, visualizing, and preserving data across disciplines (e.g., OpenRefine, Pandas for Python, tidyverse for R, Stata, SPSS, Nvivo, Atlas.ti)  
  • Demonstrated experience working with metadata
  • Demonstrated experience working with software development or implementation projects in a product owner or subject matter expert role

TO APPLY: 

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by August 12, 2024, will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 - Phone: 812-855-8196 - Fax: 812-855-2576 - Email: libpers@indiana.edu.  Expected start date: October 1, 2024. Please note that this date is flexible.

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About the Indiana University Libraries

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has grown from a small state seminary into the flagship campus of a great public university with over 49,000 students and over 3,100 faculty. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions to research and the arts. The campus covers over 1,800 wooded acres and is distinctive for its park-like beauty and architectural heritage inspired by local craftsmanship in limestone.

The Bloomington campus is home to Indiana University Libraries, one of North America's leading academic research library systems. Our collections, people, and spaces use knowledge to inspire great work.

IU Libraries partners with every academic department on campus. Materials are digital, visual, audio, and print. Over 60,000 journals are offered electronically, and the libraries hold more than 10 million print volumes in 450 languages and 120,000 films in its Moving Image Archive. A long-time leader in digital library projects, IU Libraries developed wide-ranging initiatives as early as the 1990s.

  • Indiana University’s librarians actively collect and conserve knowledge and are leaders in national conversations in areas such as diversity initiatives, digital preservation and associated technologies, the changing role of area studies librarianship, and integrating information literacy. In addition, the IU Libraries are the organizational home of the innovative and visionary Office of Scholarly Publishing, which brings together the work of the highly respected Indiana University Press with the IU Libraries’ open-access publishing initiatives.
  • Our visual flagship, the Herman B Wells Library, is one of the busiest academic spaces on campus, recording millions of visits yearly. The Scholars’ Commons, Learning Commons, and Moving Image Collections and Archives help redefine the role and potential of libraries and archives. Other noteworthy library destinations are the freshly renovated Education Library, the world-class Lilly Library of rare books and manuscripts, the University Archives, the Wylie House Museum and its collections, and the William and Gayle Cook Music Library that supports musical performance, teaching, learning, and research, primarily to the Jacobs School of Music, a world-renowned center of musical excellence.
  • IU Libraries actively participate in local, national, and international initiatives that will define collections and services of the future. For example, we take a leadership role on campus as active members of the Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council. Memberships include regional and national associations and consortia, including the Big Ten Academic Alliance Center for Library Initiatives, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and the Samvera community. The IU Libraries are a founding member of HathiTrust, a shared digital repository.

Being Hired with Tenure

Before a conditional offer of employment with tenure is finalized, candidates will be asked to disclose any pending investigations or previous findings of sexual or professional misconduct. They will also be required to authorize an inquiry by Indiana University Bloomington with all current and former employers along these lines. The relevance of information disclosed or ascertained in the context of this process to a candidate’s eligibility for hire will be evaluated by Indiana University Bloomington on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should be aware, however, that Indiana University Bloomington takes the matters of sexual and professional misconduct very seriously.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, a university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university-paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. This tenure-track academic appointment includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources: