Responsibilities: The Director of the Research Data Service
provides leadership and direction for the newly-established campus-wide
Research Data Service (RDS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. The RDS is a campus-wide service headquartered
in the University Library that provides support to researchers to manage,
preserve, and make their data accessible to the research community. The RDS
provides support for campus researchers, colleges, research centers and
groups, in partnership with the University of Illinois Office of the Vice
Chancellor for Research (OVCR), CITES (Campus Information Technologies and
Educational Services), NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications),
Office of the Provost, and GSLIS (Graduate School of Library and Information
The Director is responsible for leadership, management, and planning for the
programmatic, administrative, and operational activities of the RDS for the
University. Reporting to the Associate
University Librarian for Research and Technology, the Director works closely
with campus committees and groups that provide advice and oversight for RDS
programs and services. The Director leads an implementation and operational
group of faculty and staff, and consults regularly with faculty and staff
across the campus stakeholder units, as well as the Library, on the
development of the RDS. The initial emphasis of the
position will be to: plan and identify program objectives and scope; formulate
program goals, policies, and processes; identify staffing, operational, and
resource needs; and implement the operational elements of the RDS.
Lead and manage the efforts of staff supporting the Research Data Service
program, and the associated data management activities in the University
Library, CITES, NCSA, and allied units;
Consult regularly with campus stakeholders, including a campus-level oversight
committee and a steering group that may be established to guide service and
policy development for the RDS;
Coordinate and support the RDS-related activities of Library faculty and staff
who contribute to research data management, curation, preservation and
access. This includes subject specialists, data services
librarians and functional liaisons (archivists, curators, preservation
professionals, metadata professionals, and IT professionals) and related
Scholarly Commons programs. Works closely with the Library
eResearch Implementation Committee on the development of user-focused research
data programs and services for the campus.
Develop effective partnerships with units that contribute services;
Ensure consistent levels of research data management services through cross-
program coordination on campus. .
Identify strategies for understanding the evolving research data curation and
service needs of the University's researchers;
Evolve and modify the program scope, services, and best practices of the RDS
so as to be consistent with the goals and mission of the Library and campus;
Coordinate with, other campus units, such as CITES, OVCR, NCSA, GSLIS.
Seek partnerships with other organizations, within and beyond the University,
including Internet2, CIC (Committee for Institutional Cooperation), Digital
Library Federation, Research Data Alliance, disciplinary repositories, and
national data management organizations and initiatives;
Play a national role in data management and services initiatives;
Contribute to the growing body of research literature in various aspects of
data services and related endeavors.
Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of
the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 13 million
volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among
academic research libraries in the United States and first among public
university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus,
the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and
services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the
University's mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library
currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals,
staff, and graduate assistants. For more detailed information, please visit
. The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries
located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and
administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of
virtual service points and "embedded librarian" programs.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37
public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed
the Morrill Act in 1862. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
ranks the University of Illinois as 25th in the World (2010); 4th World rank
in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences (2010); 18th World rank in
Life and Agriculture Sciences (2010); 23rd World rank in Natural Sciences and
Mathematics (2010). The University has 2,548 faculty members, including 1,851
tenure/tenure track, and 697 visiting faculty and instructional staff, and
12,239 graduate and professional students (among its 44,000 total students).
It consistently ranks among the top ten U.S. Universities in number of earned
doctorates awarded annually in 2012, $583,754,000 was spent on research and
development in science and engineering.
Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited Master's degree or advanced degree
with relevant experience in providing data management services to researchers;
knowledge of data management, curation, and preservation principles and
practices; knowledge of data management and curation technologies;
demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others in a
team environment and within a complex and fluid organizational environment;
evidence of excellent communication and analytical skills; evidence of ability
to perform research, publication, and service consonant with university
standards for tenure; must be eligible to begin work
immediately. Preferred: Advanced degree
in relevant computational, data science, or information technology field;
Coursework or specialization in data curation or preservation activities;
database design experience; knowledge of library information technologies and
practices; software development experience in a web-based environment;
evidence of research, publication, and service consonant with university
standards for tenure.
Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.
Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in
librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in
order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. For more
information, see .
Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11
annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an
additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each
year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee
(with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required
participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual
salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options
for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are
covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its
Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university
(Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the
world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in
more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and
provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty
members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional
students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each
year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is
available at www.illinois.edu.
The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which
have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south
of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis.
The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and
recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research
institution. For more information about the community, visit: or .
To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete
your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of
interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three
professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will
not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge
candidates to submit application materials on or before November 20, 2013.
Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes
individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and
value diversity and inclusivity.
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