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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Job posting : Associate Director, ICPSR

I don't know how long this link will be live, but I've cut-and-pasted the original job posting below.    You can some work with me at ICPSR.  No tech experience required. :-)

Job Summary
Position Summary
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) seeks to appoint an Associate Director to participate in the Consortium's leadership and to manage its collection development activities. The holder of this position will provide senior leadership in partnership with the Consortium's Director and will manage a portfolio of internally and externally-funded projects that acquire data and prepare them for future research. She or he will also work closely with the members of ICPSR's governing Council. This position involves the direct supervision of seven senior archivists and research scientists, with a total staff of over 50 and an annual budget of $7 million. The holder of this position will also develop new archival collections, interact with current and prospective sponsors, and write grant proposals and applications. Extensive oral and written communication is required, along with significant travel.

The individual who holds this position will carry on a research program of his or her own, in collaboration with researchers in ICPSR or other units of the Institute for Social Research.
The individual selected for this position will hold a research faculty appointment in ICPSR and the Institute for Social Research at the level of Research Associate Professor or Research Professor. The selected candidate's qualifications will determine the level. The selected individual will report to the Director of ICPSR. The position may be a joint appointment with other units within the Institute for Social Research (Center for Political Studies, Population Studies Center, Research Center for Group Dynamics, or Survey Research Center). A joint appointment with another unit of the University of Michigan is also possible. ICPSR offers a competitive total compensation package, with full access to University of Michigan benefits.

Organizational Overview
The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, established in 1962, maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction, and offers training in quantitative methods. To ensure that data resources are available to future generations of scholars, ICPSR acquires, processes, and preserves data. In addition, ICPSR provides user support. A unit within the Institute for Social Research  (ISR) at the University of Michigan, ICPSR is a membership-based organization, with more than 700 member colleges and universities around the world. A Council of leading scholars and data professionals guides and oversees its activities. More information can be found about ICPSR at

ICPSR's Collection Development Unit is one of five major activities, the others being Collection Delivery, Educational Activities, Computer and Network Services, and Administration. Collection Development has responsibility for identifying data resources, arranging for their acquisition, and processing them to ensure their future usability. Its budget is provided by ICPSR member dues and by grants and contracts from public and private sponsors. Collection Development is organized into archives, including the member-funded General Archive and eight specialized Topical Archives.  Each archive is headed by a senior archive director, who reports to the Associate Director. The Associate Director has general oversight of the management and budget of these archival units, as well as responsibility for establishing overall policies.
Lead ICPSR's Collection Development group by providing overall management to the unit and direct supervision to its archival project directors. This includes operational and budgetary oversight, and the establishment of operational procedures for the entire group.

Consult with data producers and data users about the needs of the research community, and use that information to develop new archival collections and to write proposals for external funding to support those collections.

Participate fully in ICPSR's senior management team, and when necessary substitute for the --Director in relations with the ICPSR Council, with other units at the University of Michigan, and the larger social science community.

Conduct and publish research in the candidate's area of expertise.
Required Qualifications*
Minimum: Ph.D in relevant field of study. Seven years professional experience in the field, with a minimum of two years of experience in the management of externally-sponsored research activities. Demonstrated scholarly productivity, along with the proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated expertise in the creation, management, and statistical analysis of social science research data. Knowledge of procedures for ensuring the privacy and protection of research subjects. Experience in writing grant proposals and applications, and in serving as a principal investigator. Experience in a supervisory role providing direction to staff. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in the English language.
Desired Qualifications*
Desired: Previous experience in teaching or training in the field of interest. Knowledge and experience archiving data and providing secondary analysis of those data.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, three letters of reference, and relevant writing samples to: George Alter, Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-1248. Screening of applications will begin shortly and continue until the position is filled.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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