Department Head, Data & Visualization Services

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Department Head, Data & Visualization Services

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday; exempt position

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

NCSU Libraries

About the Department:

The NC State University Libraries supports and enables research and learning by providing collections, services, spaces, and technologies for the NC State community and its partners. The Libraries is committed to being a powerful competitive advantage for the university in every aspect of its mission, including attracting and retaining the best faculty and students and promoting their success. To that end, we foster a culture of creativity, diversity, and innovation. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network. For more information about the Libraries, please see

The Data & Visualization Services (DVS) department (six librarians and several graduate student Data Science Consultants) helps NC State students, faculty, and staff develop critical data literacy, data analysis, and visualization skills through expert consultations, course-related instruction, workshops, and access to specialized computing resources and software. Department staff provide support for a wide range of data- and visualization-related services, including finding and using datasets, data cleaning and manipulation, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, geospatial analysis and mapping, visualization design, and related software.

The department manages two service locations, the Hunt Library Dataspace and the Hill Library Data Experience Lab. These community-oriented spaces offer specialized computing, data-focused workshops and events, and a Data Science Consulting service staffed by graduate students with expertise in areas such as statistical programming, machine learning, and data analysis.

Essential Job Duties:

The Data & Visualization Services Department was formed in 2018 and has rapidly expanded its service portfolio in response to growing demand for services from the NC State community. As the university and the Libraries enter the next Strategic Planning cycle, the Department Head, Data & Visualization Services will lead DVS into its next phase of maturity.

The Department Head sets departmental goals and objectives, develops proactive services for evolving student and faculty needs, liaises with NC State’s Data Science Academy, and engages in partnerships and initiatives at the university and beyond to support data science and data literacy. As department head, they work closely with colleagues throughout the Libraries, participate in library planning, and serve on Management Council and other library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. Librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

The position reports to the Associate Director for Digital & Organizational Strategy.

Minimum Education and Experience:

ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or other advanced degree relevant to the position.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant professional experience, including management and supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, delivering, and assessing services related to data literacy, data analysis, or data visualization.
  • Experience fostering a collaborative team environment with a focus on professional growth and development.
  • Familiarity with the mission of a research university and of the changing educational environment.
  • Experience developing strong collaborative partnerships across departmental and institutional boundaries.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development and contribution.

Preferred Qualifications:


Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for four (4) current professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

250101 - NCSU Libraries


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.




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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time