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Monday, May 18, 2015

Deputy Director, Research & Info Mgmt, Council Foreign Rel'ns (NY)

Title:               Deputy Director, Research and Information Management

Location:         New York, New York

Salary:             Based upon education and experience

The Library and Research Services department seeks a versatile and creative information professional to join us as we integrate the library’s digital research collections with CFR’s strategy for enterprise content management in a SharePoint environment.  Ideal candidate will be able to contribute traditional research management skills— content organization and classification, database management, metadata and taxonomy, digital asset and records management—to ambitious plans for organizing and governing enterprise-wide content.  

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide leadership in the application of information management and retrieval techniques to enterprise content solutions. 

  • Work interdepartmentally on issues of information systems governance, training, and assessment.   

  • Participate in departmental strategic planning and the evaluation of the library’s research services.

  • Align research collection with the changing needs of the institution. Monitor changes in online and internet publishing and relate findings to CFR research and management needs; make resource allocation recommendations that maximize effectiveness of expenditures.

  • Develop the annual budget requests for both operating and capital budgets; monitor monthly reports of activity from the Finance department; prepare the midyear budget review; prepare special reports and projections as needed. 

  • Review vendor contracts and participate in negotiations; monitor contracts with vendors and print subscriptions; implement approved systems.   

  • Provide general and in-depth reference services and consultation on CFR research projects.   

  • Work with colleagues to develop library's research web sites and design information training programs that support CFR projects and administrative processes.  Oversee reference service policies and research services training for Council staff.

  • Collaborate with departmental team on planning, coordinating, and implementing plans for digital asset management and library automation.

  • Participate in crafting interdepartmental goals and creating targeted objectives for requirements gathering for the CFR wide implementation of a digital asset management system.

  • Supervise staff and manage the work of the department in the absence of the Director. Coordinate staff projects and assignments; create collaborative environment wherein staff work with multiple administrative departments to meet interdepartmental objectives.


  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science, Information Management, or Knowledge Management.

  • 5-7 years of professional library management experience in an academic, non-profit, or business organization.  

  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to convey complex processes in clear and simple terms.

  • Experience with information/knowledge management projects that developed robust research and information environments in one or more organizations.   

  • Working knowledge of information management principles, techniques, and technology for classification, preservation, search and records retention in both print and digital formats. 

  • Experience in financial budgeting and reporting, including strong analytical skills to monitor and manage research databases and research services for the organization. 

  • Ability to approach projects in a practical and entrepreneurial manner, with strong creative, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.   

  • Ability to implement technological innovations to facilitate and improve library research analysis /delivery and to create reporting tools to assess research services.

  • A management and operating style suited to work in a small office setting, with limited staff support, where teamwork is highly valued. 

  • Ability to direct and evaluate the work of others and help them to grow as professionals.

  • Professional, network building, and interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with a wide range of diverse individuals and groups. 

  • Proficient in the use of technology in all facets of work including standard office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

  • Experience with integrating library and research services into a SharePoint environment preferred.

  • Experience with digital asset management (DAM) systems and digitizing archival collections preferred.

  • Demonstrated considerable experience in several of the following areas related to information management also preferred:
·       drafting information management strategies and/or roadmaps that stimulate institutional change and support evolving missions
·       developing information and records management policies and procedures
·       creating and applying taxonomies and/or metadata structures in an electronic environment
·       developing and rolling out ECM communications and training

  • Second masters degree in international affairs, economics, or political science highly desirable.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR’s 4,900+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the address below. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065
FAX:  (212) 434-9893