Director of Data Management and Executive Director of iRODS Consortium

The Director of Data Management (DDM) for RENCI will assume responsibility for key aspects of RENCI’s aspirational goals, which include:

  1. Creating reproducible and replicable methods for ingesting and organizing data, meta-data, and
  2. Creating principles, methods, and code that ensure that scientific data is nominally organized in accordance with FAIR principles, and
  3. Ensuring that ingesting data is linked with sufficient information that policy constraints can be evaluated and either insured or noted as non-compliant, and
  4. Ensuring that ingestions leave associated audit trails which are automatically produced for all actions listed above.

Additionally, the DDM will also be the Executive Director of the iRODS Consortium and thus is responsible for executing the responsibilities of the Executive Director of the iRODS Consortium including managing and directing the iRODS Consortium. He/she is responsible for ensuring the continued growth of the Consortium by acquiring new members and by being responsive to existing members. He/she is also responsible for setting the technical direction of iRODS based on the needs of the current members of the iRODS Consortium as well as the needs of the larger iRODS community, but within the context of the broader requirements of RENCI’s Mission and aspirations.

In addition to managing the Consortium, the Executive Director will work with RENCI leadership and directors of other research teams at RENCI to provide the technical support needed to incorporate iRODS into new domains and application areas. He/she will need to coordinate with partner institutions who may not directly report to him or her as well as develop proposals and raise funds for the expansion and sustainability of the Consortium and iRODS group.

The Executive Director will work closely with the iRODS Chief Technologist and the iRODS development team in guiding the future of the software. He/she will also represent the Consortium at key national and international meetings. The Executive Director must be able to conceptualize and provide leadership for a large-scale software implementation.

The Executive Director will report to the RENCI Deputy Director as an employee of RENCI, he/she will also seek advice and guidance from the iRODS Consortium Executive Board, but which will be evaluated and acted on in the context of the business needs of RENCI.

Other expectations include but are not limited to:

  • Contribute significantly to the development of RENCI’s Data Management requirements as noted above.
  • Provide proof-of-concept next-generation product ideas for RENCI and Consortium Members.
  • Engage potential RENCI customers at executive and technical levels.
  • Engage in collaborative proposal development for sponsored research projects involving iRODS technology

Educational Requirements

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required; Masters or Doctoral degree strongly preferred. For candidates with a comparable background in university or private sector settings who have a demonstrated knowledge of data middleware technology, the institution will accept a relevant undergraduate degree and 7 or more years of relevant experience in substitution.

Qualifications and Experience

Experience managing large-scale software implementation project(s). Ability to manage relationships within and across public, private, government, and other partners. Entrepreneurial, self-starter mindset, outstanding interpersonal communication, human relations and team building skill. Excellent oral and written communication skills, familiarity with the use of data, data technologies, and data formats across research and scientific enterprises. Track record of nurturing and expanding complex technology initiatives. Knowledge of the iRODS technology. Experience designing scientific data grids in close collaboration with academic and research communities. Familiarity with cloud native computing in on premise and commercial cloud settings, issues surrounding federated data management in cloud and hybrid models, and the ability to design storage tiers and other mechanisms to accommodate diverse scenarios. Experience leading and growing a high performing team of technologists.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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