Director, Research Data and Open Scholarship — Ithaca, NY

The Cornell University Library stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, staff, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep network of digital resources.

The Library seeks a forward-looking Director of Research Data and Open Scholarship (RDOS). Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, IT, the Director will shape and lead Cornell University Library services to support the Cornell community in managing and sharing research outputs, including research data alongside articles, reports, theses, and dissertations. In addition to developing and implementing a strategic vision within the library, the Director will lead library engagement in Cornell-wide initiatives such as the Research Data Management Service Group (RDMSG), coordination of research data support with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). They will engage with other institutions and in national collaborations such as the Data Curation Network (DCN). Where possible, they will promote open access solutions following the FAIR principles, using open infrastructure.

The Director will supervise RTE faculty librarians and guide the research data curation and management work of librarians reporting elsewhere in the library. They will have responsibility for research data services including data management planning, data curation, data sharing, data storage and preservation. They will also have responsibility for open scholarship services including the eCommons institutional repository, our journal hosting service, dissemination of theses and dissertations in collaboration with the Graduate School, provision of persistent identifier services, and associated support. They will coordinate with other library units engaged in IT, preservation, metadata, copyright, public services support and other aspects of scholarly communications.

The Director will maintain an effective collaboration with the Department of Digital Scholarship Services to coordinate related data services so that our patrons see “One Library.”
Required Qualifications:
• A master’s degree in library or information science or another relevant discipline.
• At least 5 years of experience in research data services, open scholarship, or closely related fields.
• Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of current trends and issues in university research data support needs including curation, management, sharing and preservation as well as understanding the scholarly communications landscape, open access and open scholarship.
• Experience leading teams to create innovative programs and services.
• Demonstrated success supporting diversity and inclusion in the work environment and in services provided.
• Excellent communication skills including academic writing and presentation.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience writing grant proposals and/or experience collaborating on grant-funded
• Record of scholarly engagement and professional service, including presentations, publications, and service to regional, national, or international organizations
This position is based in Ithaca, New York.

Relocation assistance is available.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s expansive global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.

One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of approximately $65 million and a staff of more than 350 FTE, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. Cornell University Press, the first University Press in the US, has a staff of approximately 40 FTE, reports directly to the University Librarian.

Benefits: Our comprehensive Endowed benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link. The anticipated salary range for this position is $85,000 – $110,000, dependent on skills and experience.

Please include a diversity statement in your application: A description of your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career and/or to convey how you see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may be a separate statement or examples may be shared in your cover letter.

Application Procedure: Candidates should apply online via the Cornell Careers site. (See: WDR-00036706.)

Please submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, diversity statement, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references (pdf preferred). We will inform you if we plan to contact your references. Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified. We will begin reviewing applications on May 5, 2023; early submission is strongly encouraged.

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