The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
seeks to appoint a Director of Curation Services to maintain and develop a
comprehensive approach to data management and digital preservation. The holder
of this position will lead a team with responsibility for policy
implementation and planning across the data lifecycle, including metadata
standards, repository management, digital preservation, and compliance with
standards (such as Trusted Repositories Audit & Certification). The selected
individual will report directly to the Director of ICPSR and will be a member
of the ICPSR senior leadership. He or she will represent the organization to
ICPSR's extensive network of partners in both the social science and the
digital archiving communities.

The individual selected for this position will hold a research faculty
appointment in ICPSR and the Institute of Social Research. The position may be
in the Archivist (Assistant, Associate or Full), Research Scientist (Associate
or Full) or Research Professor (Associate or Full) tracks, depending upon
qualifications. Joint appointment with other University of Michigan units is

Organizational Overview

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, established
in 1962, maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science
data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative
methods. To ensure that data resources are available to future generations of
scholars, ICPSR acquires, processes, and preserves data. In addition, ICPSR
provides user support. A unit within the Institute for Social Research (ISR)
at the University of Michigan, ICPSR is a membership-based organization, with
more than 700 member colleges and universities around the world. A Council of
leading scholars and data professionals guides and oversees its activities.
More information can be found about ICPSR at


  * Maintain and develop ICPSR's comprehensive digital preservation policy framework
  * Plan collaboratively with others to oversee the continuous evaluation of the digital repository, including all policies, standards, and workflows
  * Identify the necessary descriptive, technical, structural, and preservation metadata for ICPSR's diverse digital content
  * Evaluate and maintain quality control of metadata operations
  * Research other metadata standards to determine their relevance for ICPSR
  * Participate in the Data Documentation Initiative Alliance and in development of the DDI standard
  * Advise on methods for handling new types of digital content
  * Manage ICPSR's institutional records in collaboration with others
  * Promote the role of the organization within the digital preservation and data archive communities through a program of presentations, papers, and articles at conferences and meetings, and in journals representing key domains
  * Participate in the development of standards and good practice for the digital archiving community at national and international levels
  * Participate in training on lifecycle data management
  * Prepare proposals and applications for external funding to support both research into digital archiving and practical activities designed to enhance ICPSR's repository
  * Conduct and publish in the candidate's area of expertise
Required Qualifications*

M.A. or Ph.D. in an area that relates to information systems, such as Library
Science or Information Technology, but we welcome and will consider otherwise
qualified candidates with credentials that support the requirements of the
position. Five to eight years professional experience in the field, with a
minimum of two years of experience in the management of digital archiving
activities. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in the
English language.

Desired Qualifications*

Demonstrated ability to analyze, assess, and find creative digital curation
solutions in a complex and dynamic research-based environment. Experience with
creating and applying metadata standards to describe digital collections.
Familiarity with data used in social science research and protection of
confidentiality in research on human subjects. Experience in a managerial role
(including fiscal responsibility and supervision of staff) on multiple
projects. Demonstrated scholarly productivity, along with the proven ability
to work both independently and collaboratively in a diverse environment.
Experience in writing grant proposals and applications, and in serving as a
principal investigator.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, three letters of
reference, and relevant writing samples to: George Alter, Director, Inter-
university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social
Research, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-1248. Screening of
applications will begin shortly and continue until the position is filled.

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