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Job Summary

The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), located within ICPSR, a reseach center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan, is funded by the National Institute on Aging. NACDA's mission is to advance research on aging by helping researchers to profit from the under-exploited potential of a broad range of datasets. NACDA acquires and preserves data relevant to gerontological research, processing as needed to promote effective research use, disseminates them to researchers, and facilitates their use. By preserving and making available the largest library of electronic data on aging in the United States, NACDA offers opportunities for secondary analysis on major issues of scientific and policy relevance. For more information please visit the project web site at

The selected candidate will be the Project Manager for the NACDA Program on Aging, and oversee the FACTORS IN AGING: Best Practices in Archiving and Sharing Longitudinal Data Resources on Aging project for NACDA, managing the data archive operations, user support and liaison activities with Federal Program Officers. NACDA is funded by NIA through a Cooperative Agreement (CA).

This Project Manager position will have primary managerial responsibility for all aspects of data production, distribution, user support and outreach activities. This will include acquisitions, support for depositors, data curation planning and implementation, user support, and technical outreach and support. The Project Manager will have responsibility for the day to day management of staff activities and liaison with ICPSR support units including Computer and Networking Services and Collection Delivery. Assistance with outreach activities will include attending national conferences as an exhibitor and presenter, assisting with acquiring research funding, contributing to grant proposals and publications.

The Institute for Social Research, at the University of Michigan, seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


Archive/Project Administration and Supervision

  • Plan and organize data management activities.
  • Provide superior administrative and managerial leadership and day-to-day general supervision of project activities.
  • Act as liaison to funding organizations on day-to-day activities of the project.
  • Ensure that sponsor requirements and deliverables are met; provide reports to sponsors by deadlines as specified the NIA Project Scientist.
  • Collaborate with Director on short and long range planning including: staffing needs, resource needs (office space, hardware), business strategies, marketing activities, grant proposals, identifying new funding opportunities, specialized reports as needed.
  • Direct supervision of staff including: conduct performance reviews, develop technical skills/capabilities, recommend merit increases for staff, andapprove work plansand timesheets.
  • Coordinate planning and hiring decisions as part of overall project staffing and budget requirements.
  • Develop and implement performance improvement plans for staff who are not meeting expectations for their current responsibilities.
  • Mentor and coach staff to foster their professional development.
  • Actively work with staff and ICPSR to develop staff’s capabilities.
  • Assist Director in creating budgets for ongoing and new/proposed projects including staffing, equipment, and resource allocation.
  • Design and produce presentations on NACDA and specific data products. Present on ICPSR/NACDA products at professional conferences and through webinars. Some travel, including international travel is required as a job function.

Data Collection and Management of Confidential Data

  • Review datasets for disclosure risks.
  • Determine and apply disclosure risk protection techniques.
  • Ensure staff is trained in understanding appropriate access, use, and security of confidential data.
  • Recommend and implement policies, procedures, and guidelines for handling confidential data at ICPSR.
  • Assist in the design of user agreements, policies, and procedures for access to confidential data.
  • Ensure archival holdings are relevant to data users and that the research community is aware of products and services available from ICPSR and/or sponsored project
  • Develop and apply advanced data management techniques
  • Provide technical assistance to users of the data sets.
  • Coordinate data processing work with processing supervisors– for this position the Archive Manager is the processing supervisor.
  • Plan, prioritize, and set individual and team goals based on project requirements.
  • Assign work, coordinate workflow within project and with other units, track task progress, and ensure that deadlines are met on time and within budget. Ensure that standard processing guidelines are met for both public-use and restricted-use datasets.
  • Evaluate complex data collections and oversee the processing of the files.
  • Perform user support and outreach activities, including the development of promotional materials and oversee conference arrangements.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Public Policy, Economics, Public Health, or equivalent field with at least five years of experience working with social science data. Knowledge of applied statistics or equivalent work experience.

  • 5-7 years of extensive experience in project management in an archival environment.

  • Extensive experience with social science concepts, social science data, and analysis methods, and statistical applications (SAS, SPSS, etc.).

  • Excellent customer service skills and customer-oriented focus.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy. Must be able to set priorities, monitor follow-through, and ensure that deadlines are met.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent writing skills (writing samples will be required).

  • The ability to work as part of a team and/or individually while meeting deadlines in a multi-tasking environment.

  • The ability to travel 10%.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Public Policy, Economics, Public Health, or equivalent field.

  • Familiarity with ICPSR user community and their needs for data resources.

  • Knowledge of confidentiality, disclosure and related issues regarding the dissemination of social science data.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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