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Scholarly Communication Officer

Seattle University
Seattle, Washington State
$59,000-$65,000 plus a generous benefit package
Posted Date
Sep 7, 2022

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Seattle University’s Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons seeks a Scholarly Communication Officer to play a significant leadership role in the library’s ability to contribute to the transformation of the scholarly communication system and lead change more meaningfully across campus. This position is key to the continued development, advocacy, and management of the Institutional Repository. This position is also key to the development of opportunities for the campus community to further engage in scholarly communication. Focusing on faculty and student researchers, this position will play a key leadership role in research support. Services may include providing outreach and consultations on planning research projects; finding and evaluating information; collecting, organizing and analyzing information; publishing and sharing research; curating and preserving research outputs; and measuring and maximizing impact.   

Scholarly communication is central to academic libraries, but also to the academic enterprise. The library is committed to developing a system of scholarly communication that is both responsive to the needs of the university, and in alignment with our university’s Strategic Directions ( and in particular Goals 1, 2, and 3 (, supports administrators, faculty, staff, and students in their scholarly and creative endeavors.

As a member of the Library Faculty, this position will also serve as an active member of the library liaison program with responsibilities to maintain subject expertise, develop collections, provide specialized research services and instruction, and create resource guides.  

This 12-month non-tenure-track position, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian, is available November 1, 2022, and will report to the Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons. Rank will be determined by the level of experience from the successful candidate. The Lemieux Library is especially interested in promoting an environment of inclusive excellence and welcomes applications from candidates committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment. 

To learn more about Seattle University, including the university’s mission, vision, and values, visit For information regarding the university’s 2022-2027 strategic directions, visit

Benefits of Working at Seattle University 

Seattle University offers a competitive benefits package, including: 

  • Choice between three medical plans, dental and vision insurance plans 
  • Short and long-term disability coverage 
  • Employee life insurance and AD&D 
  • Retirement plan, 100% vested immediately, with generous employer contribution immediately available with eligible prior service 
  • 20 paid vacation days, with generous holiday schedule, including paid holiday break closure in December 
  • Paid sabbatical every seven years upon fulfilling eligibility requirements 
  • Tuition remission available to you, your spouse, and dependents, who can also participate in a tuition exchange with over 600 institutions 
  • Flexible working schedule, including remote work 
  • Moving expenses covered up to a certain amount 
  • Professional development and travel funds 
  • Campus store and personal technology discounts 
  • Access to wellness resources, including on-campus fitness center, employee assistance program that provides up to 9 free counseling sessions per incident per family member, Cariloop, eMindful, and LinkedIn Learning 

Please visit the benefits section of our website  to view all the perks and benefits that Seattle University has to offer. 

Zoom Information Sessions 

Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions. We are offering two Zoom information sessions where we will share more information about the university, our library, and the Scholarly Communication Officer position. No registration is needed—just click the link at the listed date and time (attendees will be anonymous, times are in Pacific Standard Time): 


Minimum degree required: 

  • MLS (Master of Library Science) from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent. 

The NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians are recognized, and inform the minimum and desired qualifications listed. 

Minimum qualifications required: 

  • Interest in the scholarly publishing landscape and scholarly communication lifecycle. 
  • Broad general understanding of repository platforms, data management solutions, publishing platforms, as well as the interrelations between these systems.  
  • Interest and/or experience in educating and advocating for open access publishing.  
  • Teaching and presentation experience, including online contexts and the ability to provide research and consultation services to researchers with varying levels of technical expertise. 
  • Aptitude for adapting to new responsibilities and environments, independent learning, and engagement with technology/software, including excellent technical troubleshooting. 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. 
  • Willingness to accept and support the mission of Seattle University and its commitment to the vision and values of Jesuit and Catholic higher education.  

Desirable qualifications: 

  • Experience working with publications and scholarly communication in a higher education setting. 
  • Experience/familiarity with bepress or similar publishing platforms as well as other relevant digital and/or data visualization tools.  
  • An understanding of the legislative environment, especially regarding copyright, data management, Open Educational Resources (OER) and public access requirements. 
  • Experience with research metric data sources (e.g., Dimensions, Altmetrics, SciVal, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar etc.). 
  • Knowledge of bibliometric indicators (publication counts, citation counts, h-index, journal metrics, etc.) and methods for the quantification of research impact and issues related to the responsible use of impact metrics and bibliometric data in research evaluation. 
  • Experience implementing projects using project management techniques and managing multiple projects with competing deadlines. 

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in the dynamic heart of Seattle. Our diverse population consists of more than 7,200 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges.  

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals who will further enrich the diversity of our educational community. 

Application Instructions 

Applicants must apply at and provide: (1) detailed cover letter of application identifying the candidate’s education, experience, and achievements related to the position (1-2 pages); (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) statement on how the candidate can contribute to the mission, vision, and values of Seattle University, particularly the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In evaluating statements, the search committee considers the applicant’s awareness of inequities and challenges faced by underrepresented minority students, staff, and faculty; and how your past and present track record of activities have reduced barriers for these groups (1 page); (4) names and contact information for three professional references who can address the candidate's experience and ability pertinent to the position. (Letters may be solicited upon submission of application). Application review will begin October 9th, 2022. Open until filled. Library Faculty appointment will be at appropriate rank, based on experience and service. 

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