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Research Data Librarian

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Research Data Librarian. The Research Data Librarian will collaborate with liaison librarians, researchers, the Office of Research and Innovation, and other stakeholders to organize, disseminate, and preserve data generated by the University's research enterprise. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, Virginia, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of Virginia's largest universities and among the nation's leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with comprehensive print, journal, database and collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of medicine, and comic and book arts.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian of Scholarly Communications and Publishing, the Research Data Librarian will work closely with librarians and research, teaching, and administrative faculty to improve research data management expertise and practice across the University. The Research Data Librarian will provide consultation, leadership, and thorough knowledge of best contemporary practice in research data management to faculty, research investigators and investigator teams, and students. The Research Data Librarian will help researchers create data management plans, determine long-term storage and curation plans for research data, select and use data repositories, and meet funder compliance requirements for data integrity and access. The Research Data Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated and promoted on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.

Qualifications

Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Experience in leading and managing research data management, scholarly communications, or related programs. Expert knowledge of trends and best practices in research data management throughout the research lifecycle. Experience working with researchers and administrators in an academic environment. Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of users with different levels of experience to meet their research data management needs. Understanding of contemporary research practices including workflows, transparency, and reproducibility. Working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research tools including data visualization, data management planning, data analysis, and data description. Strong teaching and data literacy competencies. Proven understanding of scholarly communication trends, funder requirements, open access, repositories, and research impact measures. Demonstrated awareness of privacy and confidentiality for human subjects research and other research involving protected data. An advanced degree or relevant subject knowledge in a health science or science discipline.

Successful experience working in a collaborative environment. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills as well as presentation and public speaking skills. Able to work professionally with academic and clinical faculty. Flexible and adaptable to succeed in an evolving, fast-paced environment. Strong service orientation. Ability to bring new ideas and concepts to current practice. Interest in developing new skills through continuing education opportunities. Experience at urban research institutions, HBCU or minority serving institutions is desired.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

As one of only 28 public universities with academic medical centers to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity,” Virginia Commonwealth University ranks among Virginia’s largest research universities, enrolling over 31,000 students. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 40 doctoral, 74 masters, 3 professional, and 62 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-four of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 22 programs ranking in the top 50 and sculpture and nurse anesthesia ranked number one. Over 3,300 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $270 million, placing VCU among the top 50 research institutions in the United States.

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (including the newly renovated James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus) employ over 55 professionals and 90 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $20 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, SPARC, CNI, BioMed Central, NDSA, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

The Monroe Park Campus of VCU is located in Richmond's Fan District, a large, residential neighborhood of townhouses, shops, and cafes. The campus is home to most of the University’s undergraduate and many of its graduate programs, including the School of the Arts, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Social Work. The School of Social Work also offers the Masters of Social Work at the Northern Virginia Campus in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, VCU’s Qatar campus in the Middle East offers degree programs through the School of the Arts.

The VCU Medical Center located on the MCV Campus in historic Court End, near the government and financial centers of the city. The campus includes the schools of allied health professions, dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy as well as the VCU Health System (VCUHS). VCUHS includes an 820- bed hospital (MCV Hospitals), outpatient clinics, a 600-physician-faculty group practice and nearly 200 specialty areas, many of national and international renown. It also includes the Massey Cancer Center, Virginia's first NCI-designated cancer center. In addition to multidisciplinary centers for cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery, and transplantation, the VCUHS offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service. Renovations to the Tompkins McCaw Health Sciences Library began in 2016 and are scheduled for completion in 2017.

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $65,000 annually. This is a full-time, nontenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see http://www.hr.vcu.edu/benefits/.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at http://www.library.vcu.edu/. Review of applications will begin May 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to VCUjobs at https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/61813/, complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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