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Job Summary

A unit of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is an international membership organization, with over 700 institutions from around the world, providing access to empirical social science data for research and teaching. The atmosphere is collegial with a work environment that fosters communication and networking, incorporates a diverse staff with varying skills and experiences and offers family-friendly flexibility with work hours.


The Data Curation Unit at ICPSR is responsible for all data curation activities within ICPSR as a centralized data processing team. The unit objective is to provide ICPSR membership and the social science research community at large with the data curation resources and services to discover, preserve, and use/reuse social science research data.


The Data Curation Team Supervisor is responsible for providing supervision of the archiving and curation of social science data. The Supervisor is responsible for the day- to-day data curation activities of a select team of data curators. The Supervisor provides guidance in quality control, production, improvements in the efficiency of processing new studies and innovation in data releases. Additional responsibilities may include data acquisition; support for depositors; data curation planning and implementation, which may include defining and implementing improvements to the Curation Unit workflow; user support and assistance; and training of new staff and students. The candidate chosen will join our current Curation Team Supervisors, overseeing data curators and data curation operations within the curation unit. Specific duties include:


Data Curation Supervision


  • Provide day-to-day general supervision of data curation activities for selected staff.
  • Train and integrate new team members and proactively support the continued development of existing team members
  • Provide functional supervision of selected staff, including: develop technical skills/capabilities, approve work plans and timesheets, conduct performance reviews, and recommend merit increases
  • Provide clear expectations and set realistic goals for all team members assigned
  • Review data processing requirements and provide resource and work effort estimations
  • Ensure that standard processing guidelines are met for both public-use and restricted-use datasets
  • Assign work, coordinate workflow, track task progress, and ensure that collections are processed accurately and in a timely manner
  • Formulate and oversee application of advanced data curation techniques
  • Review and oversee disclosure risk assessments and ensure staff are trained in understanding appropriate access, use, and security of confidential data


Curation Unit Administration


  • Assist the Data Curation Director in developing a high functioning innovative data curation team
  • Participate in planning, prioritizing, and setting individual and team goals based on project requirements and within unit standards
  • Provide regular curation progress reports as requested by Data Curation Director
  • Assist project managers as necessary with curation progress reports for project funders
  • Work cooperatively with other ICPSR units to provide the best tools for curators and the best products and services for data users
  • Proactively report and communicate to manager to provide an understanding of the status of the workflow, tasks and pending items


Data Management


  • Evaluate complex data collections and formulate appropriate curation procedures
  • Participate in the development of tools and procedures to increase the efficiency of data curation (e.g., scripts, macros, regular expressions, documentation, etc.)
  • Create and oversee new resources in response to project changes over time.
  • Collaborate with Curation Unit Team members to refine the curation process and workflow
  • Provide technical Assistance to users of the data

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social science discipline or related fields
  • 3-5 years of experience managing social science research data
  • 3-5 years providing training and conducting quality reviews
  • Graduate level courses in social science research methods/statistics or equivalent work experience in the conduct of social science survey research and/or social research archival operations
  • Extensive experience with social science research concepts, social science data management, social science analysis methods, and social science statistical applications (e.g., SAS, SPSS, etc.)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, identify and mitigate project risks, and work effectively with multiple departments, stakeholders, and internal/external clients
  • Experience in supervision and/or training of regular or temporary staff
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to set priorities, monitor follow-through and ensure deadlines are met
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team environment and cross-functionally to achieve goals in a multitasking environment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in social science or related discipline
  • Knowledge of a variety of data resources and data user communities.
  • Project management experience
  • Experience with quality control procedures for social science research data
  • Experience with JIRA product management software

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.