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Assistant Director, Open Publishing Initiatives and Scholarly Communications

Temple University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 28, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Other Academic Affairs
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Full Time
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Temple University invites applicants for an Assistant Director, Open Publishing Initiatives and Scholarly Communications.


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 assigned.

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 remote).

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 considered.

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 constituents.

*Demonstrated technical skills in areas related to digital publishing.

*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 diverse environment.

*Ability to conduct outreach and develop new services in a research library setting.

*Record of progressively more supervisory and administrative duties.


*Successful acquisition of grant funding for projects or initiatives.

*Knowledge of how to use the publishing platforms Open Journal Systems, Manifold, and Scalar.

*Knowledge of how to use the repository software DSpace. 

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 law. 

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


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


To apply for this position and view other opportunities, please visit our website at Please reference job 22001253. Please attach your cover letter résumé, and three references to our online system.

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