Director for Research Data Management Services (RDMS)

Position Description

CURRENT RANK:
Director
POSITION:
Director for Research Data Management Services (RDMS)
WORK UNIT:
User Services
REPORTS TO:
Dean

General Description:

The Director for RDMS will lead the Libraries’ efforts to build a data management program that provides services and support to faculty and students across the disciplines, as well as proactively contribute to campus-wide collaborative efforts to advance data management and open science initiatives at Texas A&M University and the broader academic community.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of User Services, the Director manages three tenure-track faculty members (GIS Librarian, Government Data and Information Librarian, and Data Librarian) and works collaboratively with staff and units from across the Libraries to ensure high-quality customer services and support to members of the Texas A&M community.

General Duties:

Program Development & Assessment:
Leads the RDMS team, along with collaborators from across the Libraries to:

  • Envision and implement a new RDMS program to support the evolving needs of Texas A&M faculty and students engaged in research data management throughout the research life-cycle;
  • Oversee the management of format migration, metadata, data retrieval and usage;
  • Provide, and strategically prioritize, the delivery of responsive services to targeted user communities on campus that will include outreach and instruction activities, development of standards and workflows, and collaboration on the management of the Texas Data Repository with the Texas Digital Library community;
  • Provide oversight for departmental assessment activities and contributions to the Libraries’ assessment plans


Team & In-House Expertise/Skills Building:
The Director provides oversight for program development and assessment and is responsible for the mentorship and development of a team of data management experts within the unit and from across the Libraries to:

  • Oversee in-house training and support for professional development related to data management/open science to help build familiarity with these areas and specific expertise across the Libraries;
  • Remain current on funding agencies’ data management policies and broader activities nation-wide related to research data management fundamentals and services;
  • Engage in regular communication with colleagues and other library units about departmental activities in the form of presentations, consultations, reports, and the participation in organizational meetings, as well as the development of communication strategies to enhance cross-unit/libraries collaborations and DM expertise.

Outreach to Researcher Communities:
  • The Director will engage in active outreach to the researcher community on campus and beyond to elevate and shape Texas A&M University’s and the Libraries’ data management and open science efforts through strategic relationships, collaborative partnerships, and formal service commitments.
  • The Director and RDMS team will work collaboratively with the Office of Scholarly Communication, the Libraries’ subject librarians and other functional experts to expand and promote research support and data-related services across the disciplines and throughout the research life-cycle at strategic points of need.
  • Participate in scholarly activities and professional service commensurate with TAMU Libraries tenure track faculty requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.