Director, Office of Scholarly Communication

89528 Requisition #

Stanford Libraries seeks a full-time Director for the Office of Scholarly Communications, a unit that will support the Open Access Policy passed by Stanford University’s Faculty Senate in November 2020.  With the passage of the OA Policy, the entire focus of which is academic articles, the University is poised to quickly move forward in support of open scholarship, increased access to scholarly information, and transforming the academic article publishing landscape. 


The Stanford Libraries values are rooted in mutual respect and the idea that every member of the staff is a valuable contributor to the mission and goals of the organization. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community and Stanford Libraries seek a team member who is ready to share their skills and perspectives as well as to collaborate with colleagues across the organization.




Reporting to the Deputy University Librarian, the Director, Office of Scholarly Communications (OSC), will lead the OSC, recommend policy, establish services, and recruit and oversee staff in support of the goals of the Scholarly Communications Program: improving global access to Stanford’s research output, advocating for authors rights, driving innovation in the dissemination and publication of research results, and developing innovative research support services.  In increasing the impact of Stanford research and scholarship the director will work with colleagues across numerous units to advise on the creation of innovative business models, contract terms, and safeguarding of user privacy protections.  The director will provide leadership and instruction regarding author rights, copyright, open access publishing, and compliance with public access requirements for federally funded research.




  • Promoting Stanford’s Open Access Policy, raising awareness of open research and scholarship, and encouraging participation in scholarly communication reform throughout the Stanford community; 
  • Supporting Stanford authors in addressing issues of author rights and publishing agreements and in complying with funder requirements related to openness and publication;
  • Advancing scholarly communications reform locally, nationally, and internationally in ways that promote open, equitable, and sustainable publishing and access models;
  • Leading the Libraries’ efforts to develop and promote copyright education programs and copyright best practices among faculty, researchers, and students in consultation with Stanford’s Office of the General Counsel;
  • Managing and training of staff of the OSC including the development of strong working relationships with Stanford authors, researchers, and librarians across campus;
  • Advising on collections strategy and tactics, including the use of data-informed models to align collections investments with evolving research, teaching, and scholarly communications needs;
  • Promoting and training researchers and students on the use of ORCID IDs and other identifiers;
  • Proposing technology and process solutions to support deposit into OA repositories;
  • Providing strategic leadership and advice for the negotiations team and, in collaboration with the Digital Collections Librarian, coordinating the Libraries’ licensing programs;
  • Collaboratively developing repository strategy and services;
  • Overseeing and advising on the implementation of local, federal, or funder policies regarding open sharing of research products;
  • Playing a role nationally and internationally in collaborative strategy discussions and partnerships including speaking and writing about scholarly communications and related issues;
  • Developing and maintaining the Libraries’ scholarly communication and copyright guides.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.




Education & Experience:


  • MLS and JD with an emphasis on intellectual property or other advanced degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience in an academic library or other research setting relevant to the role described in this position description;
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of progressively responsible experience in relevant areas, such as scholarly communications, copyright, collections development;


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Experience working with and supporting academic authors and researchers on scholarly communications concerns and directions including advising academic article authors on their: intellectual property rights and privileges; dealings with publishers and aggregators; contributions to the development of new knowledge both locally and globally; supporting Stanford’s own understanding of the research programs underway by Stanford Academic Council members.;
  • Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating programs and services across departments
  • Strong problem solving and shared decision-making skills;
  • Experience negotiating as part of a team of Stanford Libraries specialist librarians with vendors and publishers in advancing new scholarly publishing business models or library acquisitions models;
  • Demonstrated experience working with information technology leaders in specifying and negotiating requirements for information technology services and environments, particularly digital repositories, digital archives, and systems supporting the distribution of academic articles to discovery services, discipline-based repositories, and publishers;
  • Demonstrated understanding of research processes and experience in the use and implementation of methods for measuring research impacts;
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating nationally and internationally with stakeholders active in scholarly communications.


Physical Requirements*:


  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • This positiion is eligible for telecommuting on a weekly basis.
  • * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Working Conditions:


  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet
  • May be exposed to dust and mold
  • May work extended hours, evenings and weekends
  • May be permitted to telecommute part-time weekly


Work Standards:


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,




Stanford Libraries is a network of over 15 libraries with over 400 employees. We are committed to fueling the teaching, learning and research across Stanford by acquiring, stewarding, and making available a robust collection, currently in excess of 12 million items. Everyone in the organization plays a vital role in fulfilling that objective. Our dedication to discoverability and information management also has us engaged in dynamic global partnerships. We are constantly building and strengthening our organization, and we recognize striving for excellence is a marathon and not a sprint. We are constantly trying to strike the right pace and admit there are times when we find ourselves at a fast jog. While we hope to always find candidates who fit within our organization, what we truly seek is someone who will add to our culture, our profession as well as the greater academic arena. We are invested in the success of our teams and the individuals who represent Stanford Libraries.




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Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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