Position and Responsibilities:
Georgia State University Library seeks an innovative, collegial and forward-thinking manager and data professional to lead the newly-created Research Data Services Team. As part of the Research and Engagement Department, the Team Leader helps define new services and develop programs for the evolving area of data services within an agile and collaborative research library environment, and is the direct supervisor for 4-6 library faculty and content specialists, serving as their primary mentor and advocate.
The Team Leader facilitates library support of interdisciplinary data services and projects involving quantitative, qualitative, business and spatial/GIS data in collaboration with faculty, staff and students from across the university. The Team Leader encourages greater library collaborations with and advises campus researchers across the entire research lifecycle, including identifying, acquiring, and using unique data sets, using data analysis software (SPSS, NVivo, etc.), data management, data storage, and the publication, sharing, and reuse of research data.
Big data analytics has been identified as major focus at Georgia State (e.g., Institute for Insight), and increased use of data visualization software and GIS are transforming multiple disciplines, especially in understanding the complex challenges of cities. The successful candidate will be able to work successfully with campus partners across multiple colleges to further research and student learning in these key areas. The Team Leader may also serve as the subject liaison for one or more academic departments. The successful candidate will serve as member of the library faculty, hold faculty rank, and be expected to engage in service and scholarly activities.
The main University Library provides one of the most attractive, open, and inviting educational facilities in the Southeast. With over 1.4 million visitors in the past year, the library is an integral part of the University community. The library is engaged with the campus community, offering a modern, inviting, and centralized facility supporting both teaching and research with expansive collections and outstanding assistance. Its signature link, a multilevel glass structure that overlooks downtown Atlanta, connects the library’s two prominent buildings. The library’s latest facility, CURVE, brings together students and expert researchers from all disciplines in a shared, hands-on, interactive space. CURVE features the latest visualization software and hardware and immersive large-scale displays for analyzing data, making new connections, and understanding the world around us. With its main campus in downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is one of the country’s top urban research universities with an anticipated enrollment in fall 2016 of over 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students across nine colleges, including the recently consolidated Perimeter College. This diverse community offers a unique cultural and intellectual atmosphere, with many opportunities to engage in stimulating activities and events, including college sports, the performing arts, and access to a variety of local restaurants and cultural resources. For additional information about the Georgia State University Library: http://library.gsu.edu.
- Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with faculty and other data experts
- Experience building successful relationships across disciplines
- Experience leading successful workshops and training for an academic audience
- Thorough understanding of current issues, trends, and technologies impacting higher education and academic libraries
- Thorough understanding of the software tools used in analyzing quantitative, qualitative, business, and spatial/GIS data
- Thorough understanding of the research data lifecycle, from identifying to creating, processing, analyzing, preserving, providing access to and ensuring reuse of data
- Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills
- Minimum 3 years relevant professional experience
- ALA-accredited Master’s in Library and/or Information Science or relevant graduate degree in a related field
- Ability to pass a background check
- Supervisory experience in an academic library
- Demonstrated expertise in two or more quantitative, qualitative, business, and spatial data software packages
- Grant writing experience
- Second advanced degree
Condition of Work and Benefits:
Forty-hour work week
Retirement plans include: Teachers Retirement System, TIAA–CREF, VALIC, & Fidelity
Twenty-one days of vacation
Group health and life insurance
Twelve paid holidays
Twelve days sick leave
Optional pre-tax benefits
Faculty rank and status
Support for research and professional activities
Salary and Rank:
$62,500 – $67,500 for 12 months. Salary commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.
Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin February 19, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Send materials to:
Georgia State University Library
Attn: Human Resources Officer
100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.