University of Alberta

Research Data Management Services Coordinator

LIB Libraries

Competition No.  -    A101735205
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

University of Alberta Libraries (UAL) seeks an enthusiastic professional who is ready to lead a growing suite of research data management services at one of Canada’s great research institutions. UAL endeavors to actively support and help shape scholarly communications, higher education and the research enterprise. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.library.ualberta.ca/.

The University of Alberta Libraries is a leading research library in Canada, offering a broad range of user relevant services. These services are complemented by an impressive collection of physical and digital assets as managed by talented, highly engaged teams. The Libraries enjoy many relationships with other libraries and the broader research community. UAL is actively involved in partnerships such as the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Portage National Data Network, Consortia for Advancing Standards in Research Administrative Information (CASRAI), Data Liberation Initiative (DLI), and the Canadian ORCID Consortium.

Reporting to the Head, Digital Repository and Research Data Management Services in the Digital Initiatives Unit, and working within a team-oriented environment, the Research Data Management Services Coordinator will participate in and help shape all phases of the planning and development of a wide range of research data management initiatives, including proposal development, project plans, workflow coordination, quality assessment, training, and communications. The incumbent works closely with a very strong technical and professional cohort, and together, will support ventures across the full spectrum of the Libraries’ research data initiatives, including new and emerging areas driven by digital scholarship and data-driven research. The Coordinator will consult with key campus stakeholders to advance high-quality Research Data Management practices and policy development and will advise the Library on major trends on campus, nationally, and internationally that will require strategic and organizational response and/or introduce opportunities for service. The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment that is filled with challenge, change, and opportunity for professional growth.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree with a minimum 2 to 3 years of practical experience in managing data; librarian candidates must have an MLIS degree or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience in having worked within a research data-oriented library setting, or be able to otherwise show direct involvement with working directly with data
  • Demonstrated involvement in regional or national research data planning initiatives preferred
  • Knowledge of the research lifecycle, including specific skills around structuring research data and its organization for analysis and use, including metadata and international practices used to manage and curate research data is highly desirable
  • Experience with a variety of data formats, services, tools, research methodologies, and points of access will be a strong asset
  • Experience with partnerships to advance research data management principles and practices both in broad collaborative practice and strategically within institutions is a strong asset
  • Demonstrated excellence in leading and participating on service teams, including strong skills in soliciting and integrating feedback for service development and outreach strategies
  • Ability to knowledgeably communicate with senior researchers and other stakeholders within and outside the university to address and advise on research data management for long-term access and preservation
  • Strong service orientation; interest in implementing new initiatives
  • Strong desire to stay on the leading edge of research data management and curation in theory and practice; demonstrated interest in supporting the goals of the Libraries and its interest in research data management and stewardship
  • High level problem solving abilities, superior leadership skills and a commitment to cooperative action and collaborative work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

This position may fall under the Librarian or the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To apply, please include your resume and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.