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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 oversee the management of a project to build a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education research data resource.

You will coordinate and monitor across all tasks, including working with Web and computing staff to implement a new website and conduct outreach to STEM education research communities to ensure they know about the resource and that it serves their needs.

The major responsibilities include:

Project Administration

You will provide administrative and managerial guidance of project activities. This includes ensuring that project deliverables are met on time and on-budget, and communicating with the funder on project activities.

Data Acquisitions and Management of Confidential Data

You will expand knowledge of existing STEM education datasets already archived at ICPSR or available elsewhere by making sure they are discoverable through the website. This will include enhancing metadata with STEM education research terms. You'll also encourage researchers to make their data available, and this will include letting them know about their options. When data require sensitive handling, you'll ensure adherence with policies and guidelines for handling confidential data.

User Support and Outreach

You will work with the Web team and IT to develop, test, and maintain the website; and engage with the STEM education research community to identify gaps in coverage in data and services provided. You'll also provide technical assistance to data users and develop promotional materials, create learning guides, coordinate conference arrangements, and present at conferences and through webinars.

Please note that some travel (~10%) is required.



You will report to Dharma Akmon, Director of Project Management and User Support.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, education, information science, or related field
  • 4+ years experience related to the responsibilities of the position (for example, managing research projects, including creating project plans, tracking milestones, preparing progress reports, and monitoring spending; managing data repositories; or working with social science data)
  • Knowledge of current issues related to managing, sharing, and reusing data
  •  Experience with education research or education data
  • Experience with statistical applications such as SAS, SPSS, R, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree or higher in social science, information science, or related field
  • Experience with STEM education research and data
  • Knowledge of confidentiality, disclosure, and related issues regarding the distribution of social science data
  • Experience using and interpreting Google Analytics data
  • Experience in a research setting including a data archive or academic library
  • Experience working with software and web developers to define system and tool requirements

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.

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off; retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.



U-M EEO/AA Statement

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