On the Books Project Manager, Digital Research Services

Position Title: University Program Associate – Advanced (Time-Limited position)
Working Title: On the Books Project Manager
Position Number: 20040691
Hiring Range: $45,477 – $56,545
Closing Date: November 30, 2021

Position Summary
The University Libraries is seeking a project manager for the On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance (OTB) project. The project has created a text corpus of NC General Statutes from 1866-1967 and identified laws likely to be Jim Crow laws using machine learning and a training set of laws classified by experts as either Jim Crow or not Jim Crow. The Jim Crow laws identified by the project are available as a plain text corpus and can be searched from the OTB website. The project website lists and contextualizes the Jim Crow laws and provides educational resources. A GitHub repository provides documented scripts generated by the project team. This project is part of the Reckoning Initiative at the University Libraries, and reflects our commitment to use equity, inclusion, and social justice as a lens for all our work. To read more about the project, visit the website: https://onthebooks.lib.unc.edu/.

Goals for this phase include expanding the project to two additional states and facilitating the use of OTB products in research and teaching. To expand the project, funds will be regranted to teams from two partner states. The partner states will create corpora for their own states and use the OTB training set to identify Jim Crow laws. To facilitate the use of the OTB products in research and teaching, three graduate student research fellows, two or more faculty research fellows, and three teaching fellows will be awarded funds to use OTB products (including the website, corpora, training set, algorithm, and workflows). Research fellows will use products from OTB in a research project. Teaching Fellows will create an education module using OTB products that will be taught to undergraduate or graduate courses.
The Project Manager will serve as the main program contact for the project and will plan and organize work. Job Duties:
* Manage Call for Proposals process. Four Calls for Proposals will be put out: 1) partner states, 2) faculty research fellows, 3) graduate research fellows, and 4) teaching fellows.
* Organize the work of selection committees to select the partners and fellows and communicate results to applicants.
* Schedule, plan and manage events (weekly meetings of the project team, monthly meetings with partner states, four workshop/discussion sessions with teaching fellows, and a program for research fellows to present their work).
* Document all meetings and action items.
* Work with the Office of Sponsored Research to manage the subaward process to partners.
* Work with fellows and Library Fiscal Services to prepare paperwork necessary to provide awards to fellows.
* Communicate with fellows and partners about deadlines, dates, and deliverables to ensure that benchmarks are met.
* Create and maintain project documentation.
* Work with others to monitor and manage project budget.
* Supervise project Graduate Assistant (technical mentorship of the GA will be provided by the project team’s technology lead).
* Promote the project (via social media, at campus events, and other relevant opportunities).
* Identify the needs of partners and fellows as they arise and document the services and assistance needed to make use of OTB products in research and teaching. Work with others to synthesize this information and prepare a paper or presentation for dissemination to the academic library community through a national-level publication or conference.
* Draft reports as needed.
* Provide other assistance as needed to support the project team, the teams from partner states, research fellows, and teaching fellows.

Minimum Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Project management skills, with demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate a project with multiple parts and many stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to see projects through to completion
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and on a team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline and coursework in one or more of the areas this project draws from, such as: African American Studies, History, Jim Crow, Law, digital humanities, technology and society, text analysis, library science, or digital library collections
  • Experience working with textual data sets
  • Curriculum development
  • Research support experience
  • Experience working with sponsored research at UNC-Chapel Hill

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities
This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.

Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8am-5pm

To Apply
To apply for this position, please visit the Office of Human Resources Careers at Carolina website. For more information on application procedures, applicants may contact:

Office of Human Resources
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
104 Airport Drive CB #1045
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 843-2300

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, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.