UC Curation Center (UC3) is recruiting two Senior Product Manager positions. This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about shaping the future of scholarly infrastructure on a global scale. If you’re a creative thinker with a knack for innovation, strategic planning, and product management, please consider applying.
The past few years have been full of developments, new technologies, and policy changes driving change for those working with scholarly infrastructure. A lot is happening in our space, from the increasing adoption of persistent identifiers, new open data mandates from federal funders, and the development of machine-actionable data management plans. Working within the UC3 team is a great way to actively drive change and make a real impact in scholarly infrastructure.
What are we looking for?
While domain expertise is always an asset, we are looking for thought leaders with passion and with proven track records in product management—someone who thrives on collaboration and strategic thinking. You’ll lead and guide cross-functional teams, enhance product usability, and explore new opportunities to expand our portfolio of work at UC3.
Which positions are we recruiting?
Both positions will be the lead on a diverse range of products and services, playing a key role in both UC systemwide and international initiatives. However, each has a discrete focus:
UC3 Senior Product Manager – Data Management Planning
“Data Management Planning” is the label UC3 uses to describe the portfolio of projects regarding the infrastructure, policy, consultation, and outreach associated with current and future of data management plans (DMPs). Primary responsibilities include building and leading cross-functional teams, managing DMP Tool product development, and implementing strategies for how to leverage machine-actionable DMPs.
UC3 Senior Product Manager – Persistent Identifiers
“Persistent Identifiers” is the label UC3 uses to describe the portfolio of projects regarding persistent identifiers (PID services) and how they are instrumental in tracking and describing research outputs. This includes the interconnectedness of scholarly infrastructure, metadata schemas, policy, consultation, and outreach associated with current and future of scholarly PIDs. Primary responsibilities include building and leading cross-functional teams, managing EZID product development, and implementing strategies for optimizing the connections of research outputs through PIDs (including ROR, DOI, ORCID, ARK, etc).
These roles are not just about managing day-to-day operations within each portfolio; they also involve crafting long-term strategic plans and being an active thought leader within the global scholarly infrastructure space.
How we work?
UC3 is a program of the California Digital Library (CDL), which is part of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). Within this context, UC3 recognizes and supports the unique challenges of each campus while also strategically investing time and energy to maximize impact at a systemic level. Our program comprises of 12 individuals organized around four different aspects of digital curation (data management planning, persistent identifiers, digital preservation, and data publishing). In addition to these focus areas, we also have a cross-program goal to support data and software skills training programs such as The Carpentries.
UC3’s structure is optimized to allow autonomy and encourages UC3 team members to pursue their passions within the overarching mission of CDL and the University of California. Our strength lies in this collaborative approach, combining individual expertise with a shared understanding of UC3’s role within the larger university structure. Our model thrives when each product manager actively contributes to tangible work – balancing tasks like sprint planning and feature development with consultations and community involvement. To ensure credibility and impact, we carefully select commitments, prioritizing quality over quantity in our actions. Despite working on diverse portfolios/projects, understanding each other’s portfolios is crucial to our combined success.
How do you apply?
UC3 is a program of the California Digital Library, which is part of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). The positions are now posted on the UCOP website:
- UC3 Senior Product Manager – Data Management Planning
- UC3 Senior Product Manager – Persistent Identifiers
John Chodacki (UC3 Director) and Maria Praetzellis (UC3 Associate Director), the hiring manager, are available to discuss the opportunities, so reach out with questions. Both positions can be remote, offsite or hybrid, however, hiring is limited to California residents (also open to those willing to relocate to California). We will keep these positions open until filled and expect to start interviewing in late February 2024.