Project Director, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

Ann Arbor
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Created: June 11, 2014


The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to appoint a senior information and research scientist to direct the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data ( NACJD is a broadly-based public service activity that archives and disseminates research and public policy data pertinent to crime and the criminal justice system, primarily generated with federal funds. NACJD is one of the oldest and well established archives of data generated through federally funded research. In an era of transparency and publically available data, NACJD looks to the future of information sciences in the development of new and innovative approaches to making secondary data readily accessible to further analysis and scientific inquiry.

Responsibilities include directing a staff of professional and technical employees with responsibilities for maintaining effective data processing, metadata creation, user support operations; developing and implementing new strategies to make data in the field accessible and easy to use; working closely with federal and private funding agencies; developing grant proposals and renewals; supporting researchers and data producers to facilitate data archiving and re-use; planning and executing outreach to the secondary data analysis community; and organizing and producing training activities for students, researchers and other professionals. The person selected for this position will hold a research faculty appointment in ICPSR and the Institute for Social Research.

This position may be in the Research Scientist, Research Professor, or Archivist ranks. The selected candidates qualifications will determine the level (Assistant, Associate, Full). We expect that the individual who holds this position will carry on a research program in collaboration with federal funding agencies and other scholars at the University of Michigan.

Specific duties include but are not limited to: ability to work full-time and onsite in Ann Arbor, direct professional and technical staff; lead the planning and development with federal partners of new and innovative technologies in information management and analysis of data, review data and requests for access to data to ensure that the privacy of research subjects is protected; write articles and reports pertaining to the activities of NACJD; comply with sponsor reporting requirements; travel to conferences and professional meetings to represent NACJD and ICPSR, including the oversight of project exhibits and displays; organize specialized training and research conference activities on behalf of ICPSR and of federal agencies; and participate in the ICPSR management team. Duties also include participating in other research and infrastructure activities at ICPSR as needed; facilitate planning and development with federal partners of new and innovative technologies in information management and analysis of data; and, preparation of new proposals and applications to support future research.Advanced degree (PhD or accredited MA/MS) in a field of study relevant to the development, management, archiving and analysis of interdisciplinary and social science data.

Desired is a concentration in Information Sciences, a Certificate (e.g., Digital Curation Education Program) or other evidence of advanced education and training in the areas of digital information science. Minimum of five years professional experience in data-related activities with at least two years of experience in the management of research projects in an appropriate area. Experience writing grant proposals is required along with experience in developing, planning, and managing project budgets. Experience providing digital stewardship for statistical data in a research-intensive, multi-disciplinary and academic environment. Knowledge of procedures for ensuring the privacy and protection of research subjects. Knowledge of Department of Justice rules and regulations regarding confidentiality pertaining to human subjects information is desirable. Familiarity with statistical software for the analysis of data (e.g. SAS, Stata, SPSS, R). Demonstrated scholarly productivity is desirable, along with the proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in the English language.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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