Head of Software and Services for Data Science

Information Technology Services
88474 Requisition #

Stanford Libraries is looking for a full-time Head of Software and Services for Data Science (SSDS) supporting training and guidance for data science applications in the social sciences and digital humanities.  SSDS is a part of the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR), the Stanford Libraries center of excellence for data and software support serving the needs of social science and humanities researchers across the University.


The Libraries values are rooted in a commitment of mutual respect and the idea that every member of the staff has something to contribute, and that learning is constant. We seek a team member who is ready to share their skills and perspectives and collaborate with colleagues across the organization.

About Stanford Libraries:

Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the teaching, learning and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million items. Everyone in the organization plays a vital role in fulfilling that objective. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. We are constantly building and strengthening our organization, and we recognize striving for excellence is a marathon and not a sprint. We are constantly trying to strike the right pace, and admit there are times when we find ourselves at a fast jog. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to our culture, our profession as well as the greater academic arena. We are invested in the success of our teams and the individuals who represent Stanford Libraries.

Job Purpose:


The Head of SSDS will continue the long-running success of SSDS as a university-wide service for data-driven research scholarship while growing CIDR’s capacity as a hub for digital and computational research support.  In collaboration with other members of CIDR, the successful candidate will support this mission through campus-wide outreach efforts as well as the development of in-house and Library-supported services that address the increasing need for data science support. The successful candidate will work strategically with relevant Library staff, including software developers, data and metadata librarians, digital library teams and subject specialists to provide Stanford researchers access to a wide range of research materials including: structured quantitative data, texts, scholarly publications, geo-spatial data, special collections and archival materials including web archives, as well as materials published via emerging forms of scholarly communication and other materials. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing broad support for traditional and computational analysis of these materials, including data management, data analysis and workflows, ethical considerations, and by organizing workshops, tutorials, and consulting.


The candidate will play a key role within the Libraries to coordinate text and data mining services and the management of data assets and act as local resource for questions coming in from other public facing Library services.





  • Assist with providing leadership within CIDR and lead SSDS in the support of data and software needs for social science and humanities digital research projects.  Oversee or provide assistance in the direct integration of technology into research projects.
  • Lead the development of resources, workshops, tutorials to disseminate information about the uses of technology in research.  Organize CIDR’s workshop series and coordinate drop-in consulting to train scholars on digital techniques, tools and software (e.g. Stata, R, Python, TDM environments), including emerging digital tools that will advance their research and provide the technical expertise necessary to enhance the Library’s contributions to faculty and student research projects.       
  • Actively encourage and support the introduction of new disciplinary tools for data discovery, management and analysis to researchers or students, assisting them with the tools, disseminating knowledge of these tools throughout the university, and creating and supporting an infrastructure that allows use of the tools in research.
  • Develop strategies for collaboration, program design, and support for digital research projects. Conduct environmental scans in conjunction with subject librarians to identify current and emerging areas and methods of research as well as scholarly projects for which digital tools and methodologies are appropriate.
  • Recruit, manage and mentor graduate student consultants within SSDS.
  • Collaborate with curators, selectors, and digital research specialists in support of interdisciplinary collections and services and in identifying and managing digital library projects and initiatives.
  • Stay abreast of educational technology research and participate in academic conferences.
  • Facilitate a culture of diversity and inclusion around data and software services and practices. 





Education & Experience:


  • Bachelor's degree plus four years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience 



Other Relevant Education & Experience May Include:


  • Masters or PhD in a Social Science or Humanities discipline, plus five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience preferred.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Expertise in utilizing technology to enhance teaching and research.
  • Ability to define and solve logical problems for technical applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to express course material and pedagogic goals through the imaginative application of technology to existing materials and structures.
  • Ability to plan, design, develop and evaluate engaging multimedia learning/training objects.
  • Experience with delivering applications in a networked environment.
  • Excellent teaching, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with members of the academic community; demonstrated experience working in an environment with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and customs.
  • Demonstrated expertise with instructional design methodologies, pedagogical issues and best practices for classroom, online and hybrid learning.
  • Excellent time management and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage a complex workload, prioritize tasks and use good judgment in providing services based on goal.
  • Expert knowledge of Macintosh and Windows environments, and facility with Unix.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering technical training to a non- technical audience.
  • Expert knowledge of learning management systems and various classroom and online learning technologies.
  • Excellent customer service skills, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with a diverse audience of faculty, staff and students.



Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills and Experience May Include:


  • Substantial knowledge of and experience in academic or research libraries and the university research environment.
  • Experience in leading a group of library professionals supporting data and computationally intensive research.                                                     
  • Experience building and maintaining communities of practice in a technical or research setting.  
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Python and/or R, Jupyter or other notebook environments.
  • Experience with traditional and emerging social science and digital humanities research methodologies preferred, including quantitative and qualitative methods using software packages such as Stata, SPSS, NVivo, AtlasTi, as well as analysis of unstructured data, machine learning and NLP applications.
  • Experience in providing assistance to students and faculty in the design and execution of research projects preferred. Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.                        
  • Demonstrated practice of effective pedagogy and teaching experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in finding and using a wide variety of resources to include print and digital texts, social media data, numeric data, and/or special collections and archival materials. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with library staff as well as with faculty and students is required. Ability to perform effectively in and contribute successfully to a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible workplace environment.



Physical Requirements*:


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely writing by hand, use a telephone.


* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



Working Conditions:


· Extended hours and weekends.

· Occasional overnight travel.



Work Standards:


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.


Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:


  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
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