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Research Data Steward

Harvard University
Massachusetts, United States
$69,100.00 - $116,100.00
Posted Date
Apr 19, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Harvard University

Research Data Steward
Harvard Kennedy School

Job Summary

As part of Library & Knowledge Services (LKS) and reporting to the Manager of Research and Data Services, the Research Data Steward is responsible for providing in-depth research data management consultations in alignment with Harvard research data security policies for the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and in support of the HKS mission.

In this role, you will be primarily charged with managing the Data Safety process and queue for the Harvard Kennedy School. You will review and guide researchers through the Data Safety research compliance process, advising on research data management best practices that comply with Harvard IT Enterprise Policy while referring researchers to IT, legal, or other experts if ethical, security, policy, and legal considerations arise in planning for data collection, processing, and dissemination. You will work closely with the Executive Director and Manager of Research and Data Services on making process and service improvements across the Data Safety process, management of regulated and contractual data, support of FAIR practices, and other key aspects impacting HKS researchers managing sensitive data.

We seek candidates who have:
  • An ability to work in a distributed organization that often requires referring services to researchers related to research data management.
  • An ability to partner with research, business, legal, and technical subject matter experts when necessary to support researchers while managing risks appropriately.
  • The willingness and proven ability to proactively take responsibility and action to resolve cross functional issues across organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative and/or team environment.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Please note this is a two-year term appointment from date of hire with possibility of renewal.

Within LKS, we value continually learning. You will be expected to continually pursue new areas for learning related to this role and use newly gained skills and knowledge on the job. You will also encourage and support this learning for other members of LKS.

HKS, including LKS, is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of staff, faculty, and students. This position will work toward building such a community and foster an inclusive environment in LKS (for colleagues and library patrons) that values and prioritizes diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Additional Information

This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment ending two years from date of hire, with possibility of renewal.

We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa sponsorship.
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background checks.
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy, sustainable learning and working environment.

Please note: This is an in-person/on campus position based in Cambridge, MA, and is expected to work on campus at least 3 days/ week, with the other two days flexible for remote work.

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:

Salary Range: $69,100 - $116,100
Note: Starting salaries typically fall in the lower half of the salary range; however, they are ultimately determined by the scope of the position, the candidate's relevant experience, and internal equity.

Harvard offers a generous benefits package including:
  • Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
  • Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
  • Wellness Options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
  • Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Job Function
Information Technology, Library, Research

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Library & Knowledge Services

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Basic Qualifications
Master's Degree in Information Science, Information Management, or equivalent degree and a minimum of 2 years' professional experience in data management, data stewardship, or data governance.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

If you meet some, but not all of the following, you are encouraged to apply; we value employees with a willingness to learn.
  • Skills in copyright, legal and ethical matters related to research data
  • Expertise in research data management (privacy, security, description, archiving, dissemination)
  • Good knowledge of the research environment
  • Strong digital literacy skills and the ability to identify and map security requirements of a dataset to appropriately secured research computing tools
  • Experience in subject areas that coincide with Harvard Kennedy School curriculum and research
  • Experience in higher education research compliance


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