Manager, Researcher Information Systems

Academic Professional Position

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100%, twelve-month, Academic Professional appointment.


Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a collaborative and service-oriented professional for the position of Manager, Researcher Information Systems. The successful candidate will manage and implement a set of researcher information systems, including a researcher profile system (based on the Elsevier Pure Experts Portal – formerly Scival Experts) and a researcher identifier system (ORCID), and will work in close collaboration with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), the campus academic technology unit (CITES), the University’s administrative computing unit (AITS), college and departmental research officers, and colleagues within the University Library. Reporting to the Coordinator of the campus IDEALS institutional repository <>, this position sits within the Library’s growing program of research support services.


Duties include:

                    Manage the implementation of a researcher profile service and related researcher information support services, including the ORCID researcher identification registry, provided for Urbana campus researchers by the Library in partnership with the OVCR;

                    Develop project timelines and milestones and coordinate the successful completion of activities in the timeline(s), working with stakeholders in the OVCR, faculty in colleges and research centers and institutes; the Library, other campus units as appropriate (e.g., CITES, AITS), and external organizations, including commercial service providers;

                    Promote the use and uptake of these services on campus through instructional and training outreach and marketing activities with researchers, staff who support research activities in colleges and research centers and institutes, and campus leadership;

                    Coordinate communication, outreach, and training with the audiences supported by the service, including faculty and other researchers on campus, as well as colleges and units, and campus leadership;

                    Manage the operational aspects of researcher information services, including staff supervision, work assignments, quality review of data and system functions;

                    Establish liaisons with college and departmental research support officers to provide a mechanism for data entry and editing of publication citations, grant information, patents, and awards information into the faculty profiles system.


Academic Professional employees are encouraged to use “investigation time” to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an immediate program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees <>. Some investigations originating in this manner may evolve into regular work assignments or production activities.


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 Library is known for its pioneering work in library access and discovery technologies, including federated search, Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), and more recently through its involvement in the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) large scale digitization projects including Google and Internet Archive, Digital Public Library of America, and the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). 




Required: Bachelor's degree; demonstrated experience managing large, complex web-based projects with multiple stakeholders; supervisory experience; demonstrated ability to work independently; demonstrated ability to meet production deadlines and goals; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated professional experience supporting research systems in an academic setting; an understanding of the diversity of the scholarly communication system within an academic setting.


Preferred: Advanced degree in Library and Information Science, Management Information Science, or related field; 2 years of professional experience in program coordination or management in an academic setting; experience creating documentation and prioritizing needs in an institutional environment; demonstrated experience developing and delivering training materials and workshops; experience with database construction and use; experience with scholarly communication systems, demonstrated ability to work with a diverse constituency; demonstrated experience with program planning; ability to work in a collaborative team environment; ability to successfully handle multiple priorities; and strong customer service skills.


Salary and Rank: Salary range $55K - $65K and commensurate with credentials and experience.


Terms of Appointment: Academic Professionals have twelve-month appointments; 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 deduction.


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

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000, and is 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 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 July 11, 2014.


Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.


Sarah L. Shreeves

IDEALS Coordinator –

Scholarly Commons Co-Coordinator –

Associate Professor, University Library

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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