Research Data Steward
Harvard Kennedy School
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:
Please note this is a two-year term appointment from date of
hire with possibility of renewal.
- An ability to work in a distributed organization that often
requires referring services to researchers related to research data
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative
and/or team environment.
- A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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.
This position is a fully benefits-eligible term appointment
ending two years from date of hire, with possibility of
We regret that the Harvard Kennedy School does not provide visa
Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background
Harvard University is committed to supporting a healthy,
sustainable learning and working environment.
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: http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/
Salary Range: $69,100 - $116,100
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
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
- Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical
plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your
- 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
- 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.
Information Technology, Library, Research
USA - MA - Cambridge
Library & Knowledge Services
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and
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.
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
- Skills in copyright, legal and ethical matters related to
- 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