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Job Summary

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of digital social science data, is now accepting applications for a Project Assistant to assist with all aspects of the Education and Child Dare Data Archives. ICPSR's data are the foundation for thousands of research articles, reports, and books. Findings from these data are put to use by scholars, policy analysts, policy makers, the media, and the public. The education and child care archives is made up of several government and foundation-sponsored collections including: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections (; CivicLEADS (; and a new project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “The Identification, Monitoring, and Preservation of Government Data Resources.” Through these archives, we make hundreds of fully documented datasets available for preservation, access, download, and analysis; provide training on effectively using the datasets; and work with funding agencies and data producers to ensure that data of value to the community are made available. 


Task Management

Assist with a variety of project management activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Keep accurate and timely documentation of outreach activities and generate reports
  • Project reporting requirements, including usage and progress reports
  • Answer user support inquiries and contributing to project sponsor inquiries

Outreach and User Client Communication

Assist with a variety of outreach-related tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Develop a list of outreach targets for the development of DataLumos
  • Assist with planning, execution, and onsite support for data trainings in multiple formats, including conferences, webinars, and multi-day summer program course.
  • Schedule meetings, conference calls, and focus groups with data advocacy organizations and intermediaries nationwide
  • Plan and creating data resource tools including documents, tutorials and webinars that help website visitors with using Education and Child Care data and resources

Liaise with the Data Curation Team

  • Work with data curation team to ensure that studies are processing according to our standards and priorities, track progress, and communicate with archive managers and PIs

Restricted Data Access Support

  • Restricted data access application review and follow-up

Acquisitions and Data Producer Support

Assist with a variety of acquisitions- and data producer support-related tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Communicate and develop relationships with data producers; provide support and information to data producers as they prepare their data for deposit
  • Facilitate deposits of government data into DataLumos
  • Inventory and assess the availability of federal data resources being used by AECF projects

Required Qualifications*

  • Knowledge of current issues and developments related to the archival and preservation of research data; Familiarity with government data
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Public Policy, Economics, Public Health, or equivalent field
  • Experience working with academic researchers, policymakers, and federal scientists
  • Demonstrated experience in digital content creation, management, and strategy
  • Ability to see a project/task through from start to finish independently or with minimal guidance
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated strong organization skills, attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to work as part of a team or individually while meeting deadlines in a multitasking environment
  • Digital literacy: must have professional work experience with technical tools and database software; mastery of Word, Excel and PowerPoint software
  • Possess adequate knowledge to effectively use meeting tools such as WebEx, Skype for Business, Blue Jeans, conference calling, etc.

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled as a Research Tech Senior, depending on knowledge and qualifications of selected candidate.

Additional Information

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) 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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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