New Job Director, Pennsylvania State Data Center In Pennsylvania

Director, Pennsylvania State Data Center
Director, Pennsylvania State Data Center

Director, Pennsylvania State Data Center

Company : Penn State University
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Pennsylvania

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Penn State Harrisburg is accepting applications for a mid-to later career staff researcher who will direct the Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) . Established in 1981 by executive order, the PaSDC serves as Pennsylvania's official source of population and economic statistics. In addition to acting as Pennsylvania's liaison to the Census Bureau, the PaSDC is the state's representative to the Federal-State Cooperative Programs for Population Estimates and for Population Projections. Each year, the PaSDC serves businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and individuals, answering more than 15,000 requests for information.

The PaSDC is a unit within the Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) that unites Penn State faculty and professional staff to carry out research and data services in the areas of public policy, community planning, information management, and evaluation. ISRA conducts approximately $2-$3 million in annual sponsored research from the state, federal, philanthropic, and private funders. Through productive partnerships with many public sector and non-profit agencies in the capital region, ISRA supports Penn State Harrisburg’s role as a source for policy research relevant to and desired by the state government.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to research projects that transform the lives of Pennsylvanians. We are looking for a team player who is committed to leading the PaSDC and supporting ISRA’s mission and growing research portfolio.


  • Collaborate with a team of faculty, students, and research professionals.

  • Oversee large-scale research projects.

  • Identify the information needs and analytic solutions for project sponsors.

  • Create research proposals, scopes of work, cost estimates, and budget materials.

  • Partner with the U.S. Census Bureau and affiliate organizations.

  • Hold expertise in Census, national, and state data sources.

  • Develop population estimates and projections.

  • Prepare interim and final reports, research briefs, abstracts, maps, visualizations, dashboards, and other data products for research projects, both independently and collaboratively.

  • Oversee performance and professional development for full-time PaSDC staff.

Typical Experience:

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills in a dynamic work environment.

  • Ability to work on multiple concurrent research projects.

  • Efficient time management, priority setting, and organizational skills.

  • A commitment to quality and customer service.

  • Supervisory experience.

Typical Education:

  • This position will be filled as a Research Project Manager Level 4.

  • Level 4 includes a master’s degree or higher with 6+ years of related experience

  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How to Apply:

  • Candidates should submit both a cover letter and a resume/CV.

This position requires the successful completion of standard background checks in compliance with University policy.

The position is based at Penn State Harrisburg. ISRA is supportive of Penn State’s Flexible Work Arrangements : .

This is a limited-term staff appointment funded for one year from the start date with an excellent possibility of refunding.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.


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Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.


Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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