Data Management Specialist

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Created: June 11, 2012


The Manager of Data Management Services manages a team that provides data management and planning services, including both data management consulting and technical staff. This position also provides consultative data management planning support to JHU Principle Investigators.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Manages team providing data management and planning services (50%):
  • Leads continued development and expansion of the JHU Data Management Services and champions use within the JHU Community.
  • Supervises team, including setting goals, performance management, and development.
  • Works with team to assess services, continuously improve customer support, and benchmark services within the library community.
  • Maintain relationships with primary JHU stakeholders supporting services and oversee all administrative needs.
  • Participate in defining requirements for software development.
  • Tracks and plans for storage expansion and participates in storage option evaluation and implementation.
  • Works with Head of the Entrepreneurial Library program on budgeting, financial projections, service center fee development, contractual and legal matters, recruitment, and development of services for external provision.
  • Liaise as needed with the Associate Dean of Research Data Management and Chief IT Architect of the Digital Research and Curation Center.

Provides data management planning services (50%):
  • Manage inquiries from JHU PIs for data management planning support.
  • Provide consultative support to PIs including evaluation of data planning needs, assessing short and long term options and benefits, catering planning to specific granting agency requirements, and editing data management plans.
  • Track specific scientific domain areas building knowledge and expertise in data types, formats, and needs within domain.
  • Identify data standards, metadata standards, best practices for data management, etc. to continuously build expertise and improve provision of service.
  • Maintain knowledge on a broad range of data repositories including their submission, Intellectual Property, and use arrangements, and provide guidance on repository selection for deposit.
  • Proactively collaborate and coordinate with team to plan for data management.
  • Collaborate with others in the library to effectively communicate services to faculty, researchers, and departments.
  • Responsible for manage short and long-term communication and relationship with PIs.

Additional information:
The Sheridan Libraries encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and its collections at the John Work Garrett Library, the George Peabody Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, and the DC Centers. Its primary constituency is the students and faculty in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Carey Business School and the School of Education. A key partner in the academic enterprise, the library is a leader in the innovative application of information technology and has implemented notable diversity and organizational development programs. The Sheridan Libraries are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries is to 'work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new and promoting existing staff.' The Libraries prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit

  • Masters of Science, Engineering or Library Science.
  • A minimum of three (3) years combined of library, information technology, informatics, and/or scientific research experience.
  • A minimum of two years (2) years of management or supervisory experience.
  • Experience leading and managing service, product or project teams preferred.
  • Experience working with scientific data management and/or curation preferred.
  • Experience with one or more components of the research data life cycle: creation, processing, analyzing, preserving, providing access to, and re-using.
  • Experience with National Science Foundation proposals a plus.
  • Superb people and diplomacy skills, strong team-orientation, and professional attitude.
  • Clear and consistent communicator skilled in networking and outreach efforts
  • Must be self motivated, pro-active, willing to take on new challenges and solve problems with minimal supervision.
  • Good listener and skilled negotiator with a high degree of customer orientation.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong project planning, management, and execution skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and easily adapt to new technology.
  • Experience managing budgets preferred.
  • Experience managing relationships and/or partnerships with other institutions or vendors a plus.

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