|Date Posted||October 11, 2019|
Director, Mason Publishing Group
The George Mason University Libraries seeks to fill the position of the Director, Mason Publishing Group. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
This Director position leads the University Libraries’ Mason Publishing Group, a unit which includes the George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing imprints, Open Educational Resources program, open access e-journals, Copyright Support, and various other Scholarly Communications activities. Incumbent provides leadership in planning, acquisition of content and projects, scholarly and editorial oversight, business management, contract administration, staffing, marketing and outreach, and external relations.
The position operationally reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Systems, and programmatically functions under the purview of the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian.
1. Develops and sustains Open Access and market-focused digital publishing initiatives;
2. Integrates a GMU Press program with Library-based publishing initiatives, including the Mason Publishing imprint initiatives;
3. Serves as the lead advocate for the GMU Press across the university and externally;
4. Manages an integrated program of existing and planned publishing services, including:
- Institutional repository (Mason Archival Repository Services),
- E-journals and conference proceedings publishing and hosting,
- E-book publishing/production,
- Data publication,
- Open Educational Resources (OERs), and
- Two publishing imprints (GMU Press and Mason Publishing), including their print and digital components;
5. Collaborates with the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center in support of faculty and student projects, including scholarly dissemination activities as appropriate;
6. Oversees the University’s Copyright Compliance policies and attendant responsibilities;
7. Oversees the coordination of Scholarly Communication activities of University Libraries and programmatic outreach to Mason’s faculty and students;
8. Develops sustainable publishing and more broadly scholarly communication/dissemination partnerships across the university;
9. Manages the multifaceted business aspects of the publishing program, including Profit & Loss forecasts (P&L), author agreements, contract administration, and production operations and workflows, and fiscal matters;
10. Supervises two (2) full time professional faculty positions, one (1) Classified Staff, and (as allocated annually) graduate professional assistants; and
11. Performs other related professional duties within University Libraries and/or university as requested.
- Graduate degree in a relevant discipline;
- Demonstrated successful managerial and administrative experience in publishing generally, and e-publishing, in particular;
- Knowledge of current practices and trends in academic publishing, Open Educational Resources, scholarly communications, open-access, data publishing and copyright;
- Ability to create and monitor budgets;
- Demonstrated experience in acquisitions, P&L, writing and executing author agreements, contract administration and publishing operations/workflows, excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal skills; and
- Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds.
- Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the academic publishing sector.
12-month professional faculty appointment without rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.
The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.