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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is seeking a Data Curation Specialist to provide support and expertise to researchers, policy staff, and clients engaged in data management planning and the development of data organization and metadata curation systems for research and government data sources, particularly for administrative data.
The position will report directly to Emily Wiegand, Analytics Manager.
The primary responsibilities of the position are as follows:
Lead the development and implementation of systems and tools for maintaining data documentation.
Lead the development of metadata schemas for dataset management. Design and implement processes to collect and organize data and metadata.
Lead the creation and editing of metadata records for data collections to meet quality standards.
Build and maintain data management and curation documentation and guides for projects and clients.
Provide data management and documentation consultations for researchers and external partners.
Keep abreast of the latest trends and best practices in the field of data curation and participate in conversations about data curation and best practices on a local and national level.
Collaborate on designing software tools to capture and track metadata from batch data sets including tracking data through transformations and format changes.
Performs additional duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in library science, information science, data science, or a related field required.
Experience & Other Qualifications
A minimum of three years’ of relevant experience required.
Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in metadata standards and practices as well as the ability to evaluate and apply new technologies required.
Ability to understand dataset documentation to extract information to complete and enhance metadata records required.
Demonstrated experience in the planning, implementation and reporting of information, research or data management projects or service required.
Demonstrated experience managing, analyzing, and working with research datasets using analytic tools and/or statistical software packages required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Ability to build relationships, foster collaboration, and plan projects and new initiatives required.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently required.
Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills required.
Demonstrated judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information required.
Excellent technology skills, knowledge of current data curation, and ability to evaluate and apply new technologies preferred.
Experience with government administrative data preferred.
Experience with batch datasets, as opposed to real time datasets, preferred.
Experience working with stakeholders on projects involving data curation and management preferred.
Experience with publication using RMarkdown, Jupyter Notebooks, or GitHub Pages preferred.
Familiarity with issues regarding data curation in research, government, or the social sciences preferred.
Strong knowledge of current issues and trends in data citation and data security preferred.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time.
Must be able to operate a computer extensively for four (4) or more hours per day.
Pre-employment background checks are required for all Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago positions.
Formal expressions of interest are accepted online only. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference contact information are required to be considered for this position.
Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations to complete the application process should contact Human Resources by calling (773) 256-5157, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.