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The Dataverse Project is Hiring a Project Manager! Full-time

Published at 2022-11-09 - Viewed: 1434 times - Harvard, IQSS in United States

The Dataverse Project is Hiring a Project Manager!

Dataverse ( ) is open source research data repository software and we are hiring a project manager!

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Philip Durbin
Dataverse Developer

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Dataverse Development Project Manager

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Position Description

The Dataverse Development Project Manager (DDPM) at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) will handle the day-to-day project management responsibilities for the development of Dataverse, an open source software framework that enables the hosting of research data repositories ( Reporting directly to the IQSS Director of Data Science and Product Research, the DDPM will work closely with the Director to evaluate needs of staff resources and to plan product releases that include the deliverables for the highest priority projects and bug fixes. The DDPM will manage staff on defining the technical details and low-level schedule estimates for new projects and managing their progress and completion from functional specification through release. The DDPM may also deploy staff to prioritize and address user support requests that require software development or direct access to production support. The DDPM will guide staff on providing production support to the Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) staff for hosting, upgrading, and troubleshooting the Harvard Dataverse, a data repository installation built on the Dataverse platform. The DDPM will coordinate activity between the team and Dataverse community members to communicate release updates and enable active participation outside Harvard. The DDPM may support the Director with people management for Dataverse software development team members. The DDPM will contribute to grant reporting efforts related to Dataverse project.

Basic Qualifications

- Minimum of nine years' post-secondary education or relevant work experience
- Minimum of two years of mentoring or project management

Additional Qualifications and Skills

- 5+ years project management experience for a software development team required.
- 5+ years experience as a people manager required.
- 3+ years product management experience guiding the release and/or deployment of a software product required.
- Familiarity with Agile or similar methods.
- Experience and creativity with using modern project management status and reporting tools such as GitHub Projects, Asana, Trello, and Unito.
- Experience with how UX/UI methods interact with back-end programming.
- Experience with software projects using modern front-end and back-end technologies.
- Interest in open-source software and open-source community engagement.
- Experience with library or information science, or data curation and data archival methods, and involvement or interest in participating in this community is a big plus.
- Hands-on experience implementing web application, e.g., single page applications (SPA).
- Master's or higher degree desired.

Working Conditions

COVID Vaccine Policy: The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated (primary series) against COVID-, as detailed in Harvard's Vaccine & Booster Information. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University's COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University's "COVID-19 Vaccine Information" webpage:

Additional Information

We are unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

All formal offers will be made by FAS HR.

The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) is an interfaculty initiative that helps social scientists leverage advances in computing technology, quantitative methodology, and behavioral research – toward the goal of understanding and solving some of the greatest problems that affect human societies. The IQSS approach includes: providing an environment (physical space, events, services) that encourages scholars to convene and collaborate; developing powerful (and broadly useful) statistical, computational, and analytical infrastructure and tools; building bridges between the many different scientific communities concerned with real world problems; removing impediments to discovery by providing exceptional administrative services; and supporting and showcasing innovative ideas through the creation of scientific programs.

The Harvard Dataverse Repository is a free data repository open to all researchers from any discipline, both inside and outside of the Harvard community, where you can share, archive, cite, access, and explore research data. Each individual Dataverse collection is a customizable collection of datasets (or a virtual repository) for organizing, managing, and showcasing datasets. Since 2012, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science has collaborated with Harvard Library and Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) to make the Harvard Dataverse openly available to researchers and data collectors worldwide from all disciplines to deposit data. In this collaboration IQSS leads the development of the open-source Dataverse software; and in conjunction with the Open Data Assistance Program at Harvard (a collaboration with Harvard Library, the Office for Scholarly Communication and IQSS) provides user support for the Harvard Dataverse. The Library Technology Services team at HUIT provides hosting and backup support of the Harvard Dataverse.

IQSS sits in the Division of Social Science, which is strongly committed to creating and supporting a diverse workforce. Respect and fairness, kindness and collegiality, and trust and transparency are among the values we espouse and promote in our workplace culture. We work hard to ensure a healthy, inclusive and positive environment where everyone does their best work in support of Harvard's mission.

Job Function

Information Technology


USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

I1259M IT RC Software/Data Mgt V



Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)

Time Status


Salary Grade



00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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