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Managing Director
Yale University Data-Intensive Social Science Center
(Yale University, New Haven Connecticut)


Yale has long been a leader in social science, educating students and conducting research relevant to the most pressing issues facing the world today. Excellent social science takes place across the campus: in departments in the Faculty of Arts of Sciences, the Law School, the School of Management, the School of the Environment (formerly Forestry & Environmental Studies), the School of Public Health, and elsewhere.


Recently, Yale has been focused on two key priorities in the social sciences. The first has been to transform the Jackson Institute into the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs, Yale’s first new school in over four decades. The second has been to apply empirical social science to public policy questions, an area that spans schools and departments and complements Yale’s many existing strengths. As President Salovey wrote, “[a] great university should be engaging in the great debates of its era, and our students – the leaders of tomorrow – should participate. But that engagement must be grounded in evidence-based inquiry and rigorous analysis of facts.” To this end, in 2019, the Tobin Center for Economic Policy was launched to advance rigorous, nonpartisan economic research that defines and informs domestic policy debates.


In order to investigate and guide additional investments in this priority area, in 2020, former provost Ben Polak convened the University-wide Committee on Data-Intensive Social Sciences. The committee solicited feedback from faculty members in relevant areas and schools. Committee members studied peer institutions to learn how they support research and education in data-intensive social science. They reviewed Yale’s current offerings and resources, as well as challenges and areas that could be strengthened. As a result of these efforts, the committee recommended the creation of a new Center for Data-Intensive Social Science (DISSC) with the mission to provide a world class, user-centered infrastructure supporting the acquisition, security, and use of the new data resources that are transforming social science research. This recommendation was adopted by the University and Yale’s leadership is now moving forward aggressively to find a leader to help launch this important new effort.

Position Description

Reporting to DISSC faculty directors and the Vice Provost for Research, the Managing Director will be responsible for overseeing operations and services of the DISSC. The Managing Director will lead two core objectives: stand up and run a new research support core facility and advance alignment of complex systems to support data-intensive research.
The Managing Director will

General Duties & Responsibilities:

Specific Objectives:

Digital Service/Direct Research support:
Supporting University-wide Efficiency & Risk Mitigation:

Required Skills & Abilities

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in social science, data science, or related field and 10 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience with data-intensive social science research. Advanced degree in social science related field. Product management or other leadership experience in an advanced higher education setting or other research-intensive organization, including technology company, or government agency. Experience in agile processes. Experience with fundraising and grants.

Application and Nomination

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and other inquiries should be directed to the OpenTeams Executive Search Team via [email protected].

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include a criminal history check, previous employment, verification of education, motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

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Posting Disclaimer

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Affirmative Action Statement

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at [email protected], or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email: [email protected]


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