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Product Lead, Data Management Planning

Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Remote, anywhere in Canada
Full Time
Salary Range
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The Digital Research Alliance of Canada (“The Alliance”) provides national-level research data management (RDM) support through its RDM team alongside advanced research computing (ARC) and research software (RS). The RDM team collaborates and partners with stakeholders from across the research ecosystem to develop and coordinate expertise, platforms, services, technology, and training in support of research data management, with the goal of facilitating adoption of data stewardship best practices by researchers and institutions.

The Alliance is seeking a dynamic information professional who has strong communication and collaborative skills and is eager to work on a pan-Canadian basis. The ideal candidate will bring prior experience and/or demonstrated interest in academic research and/or library issues, including research data management, and a clear understanding of how data management planning supports and improves research processes and outputs.

The Product Lead, Data Management Planning supports, maintains, and strategically develops resources that assist researchers and institutions in meeting their data management planning (DMP) needs, with particular emphasis on supporting service, platform, and policy development for the DMP Assistant. The DMP Assistant is a national, online, bilingual tool that allows users to build a data management plan by answering a number of key data management questions, supported by best practice guidance and examples, and allows organizations to administer and customize templates and guidance, and to view and manage overall usage. The Product Lead oversees strategic direction and operations for the DMP Assistant, in close collaboration with the service team at the University of Alberta (service host) and under the guidance of the DMP Assistant Steering Committee, an advisory group that the Product Lead also coordinates. In addition, the Product Lead will support the work of all RDM Expert and Working Groups, in particular the work of the Data Management Planning Expert Group (DMPEG) in its efforts to inform priorities for the DMP Assistant and for DMP supports more broadly. As a member of the RDM team, the Product Lead, Data Management Planning will report to the Director of Research Data Management.



  • Define the product vision, strategy, and roadmap for the DMP Assistant, in collaboration with the Alliance and the service team at the University of Alberta, and under the guidance of the Steering Committee and DMP Expert Group;
  • Work closely with the Alliance and the DMP Assistant service team to provide excellent service support to users, e.g., monitoring the DMP Assistant support email and taking the primary role in responding to non-technical inquiries, in alignment with an established but evolving service model;
  • Collaboratively contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the DMP Assistant service model, including documentation of procedures and workflows;
  • Serve as a liaison between the DMP Assistant service team and the Alliance RDM, Communications & External Relations, and Strategy & Planning team(s);
  • Coordinate with the DMP Expert Group, National Training Expert Group (NTEG), the Alliance Training Specialist, and other relevant Expert and Working groups, to develop, compile, and share data management planning-related training resources, including but not limited to DMP exemplars, templates, template customization instructions, workshops, guides, and primers;
  • Collaboratively develop and deliver training related to DMPs and the DMP Assistant, as needed, both online and in person;
  • Work closely with the Alliance and the RDM Network of Experts to ensure data management planning and other Alliance initiatives align and support each other;
  • Work collaboratively to develop community-specific approaches to data management planning to support, for example, Indigenous researchers and research;
  • Work with the Alliance and the Network of Experts to promote data management planning as a research best practice, acting as a leader in national and international conversations about data management planning, machine-actionable DMPs, standards, and policies;
  • Work collaboratively with international partner organizations, such as the Digital Curation Centre and the California Digital Libraries, to align the strategic direction of the DMP Assistant with other national DMP services;
  • Provide logistical support as needed for the DMP Assistant Service Team, DMP Expert Group, and the DMP Assistant Steering Committee.



  • Masters-level degree in information management, library and information studies, computer science or related field; or advanced degree in a subject discipline with a research data emphasis; or strong applied research experience (research manager, research associate, data manager); or equivalent;
  • Significant equivalent experience attained by a minimum of 5 years work experience;
  • Experience in a dynamic product management role, ideally in open research infrastructure;
  • Experience overseeing all elements of the product development lifecycle and working with cross-functional teams;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with researchers to develop data management plans, preferably in a range of disciplines;
  • Aptitude for complex, analytical work with an attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines;
  • Highly developed oral and written skills, particularly the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide variety of users, one-on-one, in small groups, and in larger teaching contexts;
  • Excellent organizational, time management, collaborative and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to interact with co-workers, users, project participants, staff of other organizations and government with courtesy, discretion and tact.



Candidates with the following qualifications may be preferred. These should be explicitly described in the applicant’s cover letter:

  • Professional experience in an academic, special, or research library, or equivalent relevant experience is highly desirable;
  • Technical skills and/or knowledge related to basic programming (e.g., experience with scripting languages, APIs, and data structure)
  • Previous experience working with a software development team is highly desirable;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in French and English.



In addition to a competitive salary and a rewarding career where you can truly make a difference in the Canadian research community, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that meets the various needs of our diverse team and that spans across Canada, including:

  • Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including:
    • Health 
    • Dental
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Wellness Spending Account
    • Mental Health Supports
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Paid Vacation 
  • Remote Work – Flex Hours


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The Alliance recognizes that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/​racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+) in research careers and is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own hiring process, programs, and practices.