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*Program Head, Data Management Services *
Data and Specialized Services
The MIT Libraries seek a committed and knowledgeable professional with
established expertise in supporting research data services to lead and
develop the Libraries growing program in Data Management Services (DMS).
The Libraries’ program aspires to support data management across the
Institute’s full range of disciplines and data formats, and throughout the
data life cycle.
Reporting to the Head of Data and Specialized Services (DSS), the program
head will lead an interdepartmental team that develops and supports
research data services offered to the MIT Community. The program head will
manage the development and operation of the DMS portfolio of projects and
services. S/he will enable collaborative work and efficient group process
among DMS team members, facilitate their professional development, and
serve as the supervisor (direct and indirect) to team members. S/he
actively participates in delivering services, including consultations,
instruction, creating web content, and promotion of DMS services.
The program head will be involved and often lead library contributions to
university-wide initiatives to develop and design policies, services, and
infrastructure to enable faculty and students to manage their work with
research data. S/he will foster relationships and communication with key
stakeholder groups providing related services within the Libraries and
across MIT. The program head will gather intelligence about MIT Community
data management practices and needs and advocate for service development
and improvements to address them.
The program head is part of the DSS leadership team. In that role s/he
participates in departmental initiatives and programs and is expected to be
involved in explorations and development of library-hosted digital
scholarship services. The program head will promote awareness of DMS
resources and services within the Libraries and foster efforts to raise
data management knowledge and skills throughout the organization.
The successful candidate will be able to effectively marshal available
resources to deliver high-quality services while cultivating new
organizational capabilities. The individual will help shape and articulate
the vision for data services and thrive on working in a fast-paced
environment. Professionals who enthusiastically embrace the empathy,
courage, self-reflection and respect essential in a multicultural, diverse
and inclusive workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in
public service work, research, and program development are encouraged to
QUALIFICATIONS include some combination of:
- MLS/MLIS or an advanced degree in relevant field.
- Experience in the provision of services for research data management.
- Demonstration of advanced skills in working with research data in one
phase of the research lifecycle.
- Demonstrated capacity to manage a portfolio of projects and services.
- Demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver services to a research
- Demonstrated understanding of the roles of libraries in providing
research data management services.
- Knowledge of best practices for data management workflows,
institutional repository, and electronic lab notebook technologies.
- A collaborative approach to problem solving and working across
organizational boundaries in service of user needs.
- Highly developed communication skills, both oral and written.
- Demonstrated ability to be flexible and tolerate ambiguity in a
rapidly evolving environment.
- Demonstrated leadership potential.
- Experience in developing and/or managing a data management program.
- Supervisory experience.
- Advanced subject degree and/or experience as a researcher or member of
a research team.
- Evidence of effective collaboration with faculty, colleagues, and
- Record of professional involvement.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: $75,000 is minimum entry-level salary. Actual
appointment level and salary will depend on qualifications and experience.
MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health and retirement
plans, a dental plan, tuition assistance, and fully subsidized MBTA passes
for local bus and subway service. Flexible work arrangements, including
flex-time and telecommuting, are considered for positions that meet
established criteria. The MIT Libraries is a collegial and supportive
working environment and fosters professional growth of staff with
management training and travel funding for professional meetings.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Apply online at: http://careers.mit.edu. Applications
must include cover letter and resume. Priority will be given to
applications received by November 28, 2016; position open until filled. MIT
is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and
particularly welcomes applications from qualified women and minority
The MIT Libraries are dedicated to advancing research, teaching, and
learning at MIT and beyond. In addition to supporting every part of the
Institute with distinctive collections, world-class service and expertise,
and welcoming spaces, the Libraries seek to define the global research
library of the future. We aim to play a leading role in advancing knowledge
to solve global challenges by enhancing the discovery, use, collection,
creation, management, dissemination, and preservation of information across
disciplines. Library staff at all levels contribute to this mission and to
a culture that values openness, inclusion, innovation, and community.
Research Data Librarian
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Data Management Services
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