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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 Data Project Manager to plan, monitor, and oversee the day-to-day management of several health and biomedical data acquisition and archiving projects. 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. Through our data projects 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. 


The work environment is a combination of the best aspects of a small nonprofit or business within a university setting. ICPSR is small enough that each person can make a difference, yet large enough to offer a variety of career opportunities. We have a relaxed, collegial atmosphere that fosters communication and networking within and between departments. We are family-friendly, offering flexibility with work hours, and we have a diverse staff that enriches the workplace with their skills and experience.


The Data Project Manager will manage ICPSR’s Robert Wood Johnson-sponsored Health and Medical Care Archive, as well as work to expand access to health data from the various social science disciplines and through a variety of smaller projects.


The Data Project Manager will have primary managerial responsibility for all aspects of data acquisition, processing, dissemination, user support and outreach, and reporting for the projects she/he manages. This will include reaching out to potential data depositors, supporting data producers as they deposit data with us, prioritizing data curation work and monitoring its progress, supporting users as they work with data, and creating and facilitating data trainings to maximize data’s value to researchers. The Project Manager will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of staff activities as they relate to the project and will liaise with ICPSR support units including Information Technology and Curation. Assistance with outreach activities will include attending national conferences as an exhibitor and/or presenter, coordinating and carrying out webinars, and designing, planning, and helping to carry out data training sessions. The major areas of responsibility include:


Project Administration

  • Provide superior administrative and managerial leadership and day-to-day general supervision of project activities
  • Ensure that sponsor requirements and deliverables are met, both on-time and on-budget; provide reports to sponsors by deadlines as specified by the project director
  • Monitor project spending
  • Act as liaison to funding organizations on day-to-day activities of sponsored projects
  • Collaborate with project Principal Investigator on short and long-range planning including: business strategies, marketing activities, grant proposals, identifying new funding opportunities, specialized reports as needed
  • Assist project Principal Investigator in creating budgets for ongoing and new/proposed projects including staffing, equipment, and resource allocation


Data Acquisitions and Management of Confidential Data

  • Plan and organize data acquisition activities, including collecting and managing information about potential and existing data depositors, and engaging in outreach to potential and existing data depositors
  • Review incoming data deposits, assign to curation team, and ensure curation work is being carried out according to project’s data processing priorities. Assist data producers in the successful deposit of their data
  • Implement and ensure adherence with policies, procedures, and guidelines for handling confidential data at ICPSR


User Support and Outreach

  • Perform user support and outreach activities, including the development of promotional materials, social media management, data trainings, workshops, and campus visits and coordinate with Marketing and Communications as well as funders
  • Provide technical assistance to data users
  • Design, produce, and present on ICPSR products and archives at professional conferences and through webinars (some travel will be required)
  • Ensure archival holdings are relevant to data users and that the research community is aware of products and services available from ICPSR and/or the project
  • Engage with Web team and CNS defining, developing, testing, and maintaining tools, systems, and websites
  • Representing funders’ goals/objectives in relevant ICPSR development


Special Projects

  • Contribute to ICPSR strategic plan goals and other cross project and cross unit efforts at ICPSR to enhance systems, processes, and products

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, health informatics, information science, or related field, with Master’s preferred
  • Five years of experience working with social science, biomedical, and/or health-related data  
  • Knowledge of current issues and developments related to data management, archiving, and preservation
  • 2 years or more of project management experience, with demonstrated ability to monitor budgets, create and track against project plans/goals, statements of work, prepare progress reports for internal and external stakeholders, and communicate with funding agencies and partners regarding completed and upcoming work
  • 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
  • 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
  • Experience effectively using meeting tools such as WebEx, Skype for Business, Blue Jeans, conference calling, etc.
  • The ability to travel 10%

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in social science, health informatics, information science, or related field
  • Familiarity with social science data user community and understanding of data resources  
  • Knowledge of confidentiality, disclosure and related issues regarding the dissemination of social science data
  • 3-5 years of experience in a research setting including a data archive or academic library

Additional Information

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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