Temple University invites applicants for an Assistant
Director, Open Publishing Initiatives and Scholarly
Reporting to and working with the Scholarly Communications
Officer and Executive Director of Temple University Press, the
Assistant Director, Open Publishing Initiatives and Scholarly
Communications, provides vision, leadership and direction for
strategic and operational planning for the Libraries’ open access
digital scholarly publishing programs, the institutional repository
(TUScholarShare), and the Open Access Publishing Fund, which
together form the Center for Scholarly Communication and Open
Publishing. Supervises the Library Publishing and Scholarly
Communications staff. Serves as the Editor-in-Chief of North Broad
Press, a joint Press/Libraries imprint for open educational
resources, and oversees all North Broad Press activities, including
acquisitions, editorial, production, and marketing. Consults with
Temple University Press on openly available digital publishing
projects, advises Press staff and scholarly authors on the
development and implementation of the same. Manages the
Libraries’ open access journal publishing service, working closely
with faculty, student journal managers and editors. Actively seeks
out new journals from the Temple community. Oversees ongoing
development and expansion of the Libraries’ institutional
repository, TUScholarShare, in order to help make Temple
scholarship freely available online to a global audience.
Leads outreach efforts on behalf of the Libraries to faculty in
support of scholarly publication innovations and reforms. Acts as a
campus resource on open access publishing, and collaborates across
campus to further open access initiatives. Strategically plans
scholarly programming and events around these topics, in
collaboration with other groups such as the Office of Research, the
Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), and the Center for
the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). Participates in local, regional,
and national initiatives related to library publishing, scholarly
communications, and open access, in order to support the success of
the Libraries’ open publishing services. Performs related duties as
Temple University Libraries serves the Temple community and
beyond, including close to 40,000 students; over 2,000 full-time
faculty; and researchers and visitors on Main, Center City, and
Health Sciences Center campuses in Philadelphia and on our Ambler
and Harrisburg campuses. We are committed to providing research and
learning services, offering open access to our facilities and
information resources, and fostering innovation and
experimentation. Our collections total more than four million
physical and digital titles, over 275,000 print and electronic
journal subscriptions, and more than 700 research databases. We
also collect, preserve, and provide access to a broad universe of
special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, archives,
photographs, and more. As part of our library enterprise, the
award-winning Temple University Press supports our mission to
advance learning and scholarship.
This is a hybrid position (on-campus and
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in related field. Four years of experience in
developing and managing open publishing initiatives. Experience
collaborating with faculty, students, and staff in the development
of openly available digital publishing projects such as open
educational resources. Experience working within a collaborative
environment and fostering cross-disciplinary and
cross-organizational collaboration in a research university
setting, in a cross functional team-based library organization.
Experience presenting or publishing research in the fields of
scholarly publishing and library science. Experience assessing
technical requirements for scholarly publishing projects and
recommending appropriate platforms to meet needs. An
equivalent combination of education and experience may be
Required Skills and Abilities:
*Demonstrated expertise in scholarly communications.
*Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly publishing initiatives
within research libraries, including technology platforms for
publishing, staffing options, and business models.
*Strong project management and leadership skills.
*Excellent oral and written communication skills.
*Excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to
effectively interact with a diverse group of internal and external
*Demonstrated technical skills in areas related to digital
*Ability to quickly learn new tools and technologies.
*Demonstrated understanding of open source digital publishing
platforms and open source repository software.
*Commitment to supporting and working in a multicultural and
*Ability to conduct outreach and develop new services in a
research library setting.
*Record of progressively more supervisory and administrative
*Successful acquisition of grant funding for projects or
*Knowledge of how to use the publishing platforms Open Journal
Systems, Manifold, and Scalar.
*Knowledge of how to use the repository software
Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal
opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability,
ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex,
sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by
In accordance with the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19
mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff, and
contractors must be fully vaccinated before receiving authorization
to work unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved
by the University. An individual is considered fully
vaccinated two (2) weeks following the second dose of the Pfizer or
Moderna vaccine or two (2) weeks following a single dose of the
Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the
University's vaccination or exemption requirement will be
prohibited from working until proof of full vaccination or an
exemption is requested and approved. For more information,
visit the University's Vaccines web page at https://www.temple.edu/coronavirus/vaccines.
In the performance of their functions as detailed in the
position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical,
legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that
their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their
primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees
are also expected to understand and be in compliance with
applicable laws, University employment policies and regulations,
including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their
essential functions cause them to interact.
To obtain additional information about Temple University, please
visit our website at www.temple.edu.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position and view other opportunities, please
visit our website at http://careers.temple.edu/.
Please reference job 22001253.
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