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Open Position: Open Access Engagement Lead (full time) at Open Book Collective

Looking for a colleague interested in helping the Open Book Collective advocate for and deliver a more sustainable and equitable future for Open Access book publishing

Published onJun 15, 2023
Open Position: Open Access Engagement Lead (full time) at Open Book Collective

The Open Book Collective is looking to appoint an Open Access Engagement Lead to support our outreach with diverse stakeholders, including academic libraries. This work is supported by the Open Book Futures project, funded by Arcadia and the Research England Development Fund.

The successful candidate can start from 1st September, or as soon practicable thereafter, with the position funded until the end of April 2026.

We are looking for someone to support engagement work both in person and remotely in UK/EU locations/timezones.

Closing date: 9th July 2023

About Open Book Collective

Open Book Collective launched in 2023 and started its outreach work in earnest in March this year. It is a charity, founded in the UK, that works to bring together open access book publishers, open publishing service providers, and knowledge institutions, including libraries, working in collaboration to secure a more sustainable and equitable future for open access books. A key way it does this, is by raising funds from universities to support open access book publishing and infrastructure development.

About the role

We are looking for someone who understands what is at stake in the futures of Open Access publishing, ideally with a high level of experience in scholarly publishing and/or scholarly communication, who is passionate about supporting the work that the Open Book Collective is involved in.

You will take a leading role in our engagement work with diverse stakeholders. This includes leading outreach meetings and presenting at relevant events. You will engage our communities in your wider advocacy work, including in written outputs. You will also contribute to the ongoing development of OBC’s outreach strategy.

Duties include:

  • Publicly advocating for a fairer, more sustainable future for Open Access book publishing

  • Representing the OBC at outreach meetings, conferences, webinars

  • Building and sustaining relationships with library supporters and other stakeholders

  • Working with OBC colleagues to develop OBC outreach strategy

  • Generating income for the OBC by confirming support from stakeholders for OBC’s subscription offers

  • Contributing to reports to be sent to funders, project partners and other stakeholders, in collaboration with colleagues.

  • Assisting with project administrative duties, including collaborations with the Open Book Futures project Principal Investigator and other Work Package leads.

  • Working on other ad hoc tasks relating to OBC’s work, as necessary.

Essential experience/skills

  • Demonstrable understanding of the changing environment for scholarly communications and open access publishing models

  • Evidence of an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to maintain relationships with stakeholders in a complex and rapidly changing scholarly environment

  • Excellent presentation skills, including a track record of delivering engaging presentations to diverse stakeholders

  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills, including an ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment with colleagues from culturally diverse backgrounds

  • Evidence of an ability to write well and confidently for different audiences

  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written

  • Willingness to travel

  • Willingness to support outreach work both in person and remotely in UK/EU locations/timezones

 Desirable experience/skills

  • A track record of engaging in public settings (e.g. in writing, on social media, at events) in debates about open access publishing

  • Extensive experience (two years or more) working in scholarly libraries/scholarly communications

  • Experience in developing customer relationship management and/or social media strategies

The Open Book Collective is committed to building diverse teams, with people from a range of backgrounds. Equity, inclusion and diversity are core values for us and the communities we support. We strive to ensure that our team reflects these values.

The Open Book Collective is UK-based organisation, however many colleagues work remotely.

Salary, term & benefits

  • £35,000 - £42,000 per year, depending on experience and country of residence

  • Start date: 1st September 2023, or as soon as practicable thereafter

  • End date: 30th April 2026

  • Full time

  • Some flexibility as to country of residence

  • 25 days annual leave per year, plus national holidays

  • Flexible and remote working opportunities

About the application process

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter (no more than 3 pages) and CV to Joe Deville (joe[at]openbookcollective[dot]org).

Closing Date: 11pm GMT on Sunday 9th July 2023

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