Data Management Specialist

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University Libraries is a technologically sophisticated environment with extensive electronic resources and service primarily located in Morgan Library. The Dean of Libraries is the campus Vice President for Information Technology, and Academic Computing and Network Services is part of the Libraries. CSU is making a strong and strategic investment to ensure that our academic libraries meet the needs of the institution, now and into the future. A strong collaboration exists and is burgeoning with the Vice President for Research.

Digital Collection Services within CSU Libraries supports CSU’s academic and research needs by providing data management services to researchers, faculty and students; creating and providing access to digital resources through digitization and the application of metadata; and managing the consortial and CSU digital repository, Digital Collections of Colorado ( and its content.

This position is responsible for the coordination and deployment of data services during the research life cycle. This includes advising researchers on creating and implementing data management plans at CSU; partnering with the College Liaison Librarians in outreach to CSU faculty, working with the Data Management Committee, the Information Science & Technology Center (ISTeC), and the Office of the Vice President for Research; and providing training and consulting services. This position offers an exciting opportunity to support a scholarly communications program that will provide support services relating to organizing, preserving, and sharing research data.

Position Summary

The Data Management Specialist guides the implementation of data management and curation services at CSU, and is responsible for coordinating, managing, preserving, and providing access to research data created by CSU researchers according to best practices and policies. The position promotes awareness of resources and services among faculty and students through comprehensive, customized instructional activities to faculty and students in academic departments and research units. The position also works closely with the staff of the Digital Library and ePublishing Services Division and other CSU Libraries units to ensure that acquired data resources are properly formatted, accessible, and discoverable. The position participates in strategic planning in the context of research data, research data management, and associated topics. Specific projects and outreach activities may require some evening and weekend work. This position will be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent; or graduate degree in a data-intensive field.
  • Knowledge of or direct experience in managing, curating, or preserving research data.
  • Knowledge of data management planning to meet funding requirements.
  • Knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to the life cycle of research data, including storage and preservation.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Academic background in a science discipline.
  • Experience in the development, coordination, delivery, and promotion of research or data management services.
  • Experience with developing and delivering workshops and training sessions, especially Software and Data Carpentry training.
  • Knowledge of institutional or subject-based repository systems such as DSpace, Fedora, ContentDM, Dryad, DataONE, or similar systems.
  • Knowledge of data description and metadata standards such as Dublin Core, Ecological Metadata Language (EML), MODS, or XML.
  • Knowledge of identifier schema such as DOI or ORCID.
  • Knowledge of relevant content transmission and retrieval protocols, such as OAI or others.
  • Experience with data analytics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in research data curation, such as emerging standards, disciplinary and institutional repositories, and funder and publisher mandates.
  • Knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within an exciting and rapidly evolving environment; ability to work well with a diverse employee and user community; strong analytical and decision-making skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, upload a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, plus a current resume or CV. In the cover letter, please address each of the required qualifications and as many preferred qualifications as are applicable. References will not be contacted without prior notification of applicants.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Libraries’ commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Sande Innes; Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Data Management Consultation and Services Duty/Responsibility

Performs data management planning with principal investigators and researchers prior to grant submissions, or before the research data is collected or created. Works with researchers to identify, recruit, ingest, and deposit data in the CSU digital repository, adhering to local policies and national and international standards and best practices, or in an appropriate subject repository.

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Education and Community Building Duty/Responsibility

Serves as a resource to researchers, librarians, and the university community on data management issues and services. Develops and delivers training on data curation, provides guidance and instruction on discovery, acquisition, and use of research data. Works with researchers including faculty, graduate and post-doc students, academic and administrative units and research centers to enable them to better manage, archive and make available their research data.

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Data Management Policy and Strategy Development Duty/Responsibility

In cooperation with supervisor, other members of the Libraries and university partners, contributes to planning, development, and evaluation of data management services to CSU faculty, researchers, and students. Develops roadmap to determine capacities and expertise needed to plan, implement, and evaluate a sustainable data curation service across the university.