Head of Research Data Management

Posting Details

Posting Number F0860P Working Title Head of Research Data Management Department Libraries General Operations About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The UGA Libraries is located on the University of Georgia’s main campus in Athens, Georgia. Its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries, Health Science Carnegie Library, and Repository, which receive more than three million visits per year and provide a vast array of electronic and print resources. They offer extensive hours, including 24/7 operation at the Miller Learning Center. The UGA Libraries offer distinctive, nationally significant special collections, including the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and Walter J. Brown Media Archive and Peabody Awards Collection. Information about the UGA Libraries: https://www.libs.uga.edu/ Information about Athens: http://www.libs.uga.edu/athens/

College/Unit/Department website https://www.libs.uga.edu/ Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization None Advertised Salary $75,000 Anticipated Start Date 07/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 03/22/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit all application materials electronically at https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/188908 . A complete application will require all of the following: 1. A letter of application specifically responsive to the position’s responsibilities and required and preferred qualifications as described above 2. A complete curriculum vitae 3. The contact information for three persons who could provide letters of reference if asked 4. A statement of no more than 500 words describing your vision for research data management at a large academic research institution.
Applications received by May 1, 2021 are assured of full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

Location of Vacancy Athens Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Classification Title Academic Professional AC FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary

The University of Georgia seeks a Head of Research Data Management to coordinate research data management ( RDM ) services and support emerging campus wide efforts to improve research data practice. The Head of Research Data Management will report to the Deputy University Librarian and will work closely with a new RDM Advisory Council and will collaborate with other campus units, including EITS (IT) and the Office of the Vice President for Research. This position will provide consulting and instruction regarding the policies, resources, and methods of data management, partnering with researchers, students, and other data management groups to develop a program that is responsive to local needs while informed by current developments in data management policy and technology.

Additional Requirements

Candidates should have a doctorate or terminal masters degree in fields that utilize data management. Candidates with a non-terminal master’s as their highest degree earned must document exceptional accomplishments in data management and must be approved for a terminal degree exception before hire.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

The Academic Professional Associate rank is an entry-level faculty rank. Candidates for appointment to this rank should show evidence of a high level of competence in the disciplinary area of the position and demonstrated promise of moving towards excellence in professional leadership, practice, service, instruction, and/or scholarly activities as appropriate for the position.
The Academic Professional rank is the second of three progressive ranks. Candidates for appointment or promotion to this rank must have had five (5) years of experience at the Academic Professional Associate level (or equivalent) either at UGA or another institution. Candidates for appointment or promotion to this rank must show evidence of a high level of achievement and impact as appropriate for the position’s duties, as well as recognition of professional excellence by peers outside the hiring unit. Individuals at this rank must present evidence of emerging stature as regional or national authorities within the scope of their assigned duties.
The Senior Academic Professional rank is the third of three progressive ranks in this faculty track. Initial appointment to this rank can occur in exceptional circumstances. An individual would normally be eligible for appointment or promotion to this rank after at least five (5) years of experience at the Academic Professional level (or equivalent). Candidates for appointment or promotion to this rank must show evidence of a high level of achievement and impact as appropriate for the position’s duties, as well as recognition of professional excellence by peers external to the university. Individuals at this rank must present evidence of established stature as national or international authorities within the scope of their assigned duties

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Familiarity with employing research data management strategies to conduct research in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities;

Familiarity with research methodologies across a variety of disciplines;

Familiarity with data management strategies for quantitative and qualitative datasets;

Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Ability to work independently within a framework of assigned responsibilities;

Ability to collaborate and communicate with a broad range of stakeholders;

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse faculty, students and colleagues

Familiarity with one or more programming/statistical languages (such as R, Python, Matlab, SAS, Stata)

Familiarity with specialized data cleaning software, such as Open Refine

Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? No Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? No Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



Offers training to researchers and librarians on policies, practices, and infrastructure for data and code management, citation, licensing, sharing, and preservation.

Works closely with the RDM Advisory Council and other University units in connecting researchers with appropriate RDM resources, services, and information.

Develops and manages a web resource to guide the creation, management, use, sharing, and stewardship of research data throughout its life cycle.

May supervise graduate assistants and staff, as the RDM program develops

Researches and documents Federal and private funding agency requirements for data management, openness, and retention.

Provides regular consultation for researchers and research teams on data organization and management strategies with the goal of improving data management skills, awareness of data policies, and data sharing/compliance at UGA .

Coordinates with external data archives, granting agencies, repositories, and publishers to ensure that UGA researchers are aware of the processes, policies, and requirements for depositing data outside of UGA .

Coordinates with other data management groups at peer institutions. Actively participates in relevant conferences and meetings. Shares research, networks, and actively engages in national data management conversations.

Plays a leadership role in projecting to internal and external audiences UGA’s growing capabilities and impact in research data management and sharing.

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Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Documents #1
  4. List of References with Contact Information
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