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Library Futures Research Manager, Library Futures, Remote

Position Type: Full Time
Salary: $70,000-$90,000 (max). Plus full NYU Comprehensive Benefit Plan.
Hours/week: 35-40 for two years with possibility of renewal
Location: Remote, with supervision in Boston and New York

Library Futures, a project of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy dedicated to tackling cutting edge legal, policy, and advocacy issues around libraries and access to knowledge seeks to hire a Research Manager to help us build a responsive, research-driven, and thoughtful library organization to tackle cutting-edge issues in libraries and access to information. Together with our small team and broad community you will be responsible for producing meaningful research on the future of libraries in the digital space.

Do you love research, project management, and writing? Are you a data and policy wonk with a passion for libraries? Reporting to the Director, this position will imagine, scope, provide input on, and manage our research and data outputs. This role will also be responsible for directly managing our part-time clinical students at the NYU Engelberg Center.

We’re looking for a self-motivated and highly collaborative person. Flexibility, kindness, creativity, a positive attitude, and focus on the big picture – with an attention to detail – are key to success in this role. 

Your relevant skills and experience

  • Background in librarianship and/or qualitative and quantitative research methods. MLS, JD, or MPP preferred but not required
  • Strong foundation in qualitative and quantitative research
  • 2-6 years of experience preferred
  • Knowledge of or interest in the digital lending environment, publishing, copyright, vendor negotiations, and other digital library issues as reflected in the Library Futures principles.
  • Experience with stakeholder management, community engagement, project management, and group facilitation.
  • Good communicator internally and externally – can share results in an actionable way
  • Empathetic listener, thoughtful collaborator, curious, with a commitment to creative problem solving
  • Experience in leading successful work projects to completion and presenting them to a broad audience

Nice to have

  • Experience with data sets, SQL, or data cleaning
  • Background in cultural economics
  • Strong background and training in library policy, advocacy, and copyright
  • Experience in data modeling and visualization
  • Quantitative research experience including surveys, sampling, and data presentation
  • Experience conducting and directing qualitative research projects including focus groups and interviews
  • Management experience

In this job, you will

  • Identify and research emerging trends in library technology through qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Collaborate with the Library Futures Director and Fellows, Engelberg Staff, and community partners to draft and edit whitepapers, briefs, policy statements, journal articles, and other research outputs
  • Conduct new research in emerging technologies and synthesize existing research for a broad audience
  • Identify and utilize relevant datasets and other existing research for visualization and incorporation into Library Futures research outputs
  • Manage 3-4 student research fellows every semester

Additional Details

  • This is a two year grant-funded position with possibility of renewal
  • Unfortunately, we cannot sponsor visas at this time
  • Library Futures is fully remote, with operations in Boston and New York City. Applicants must be available within 3 hours of EST

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and expressly invite all qualified applicants, particularly people of color.

How to Apply

In order to apply, please fill out this form and email your resume to [email protected] with the subject line: “”[NAME] Research Manager Resume” – no text in the body is necessary. Applications will be closed on March 1. We expect interviews and followups to take place throughout the month of March.