Open and Sustainable Learning Coordinator

at George Mason University (view profile)
Location Fairfax, VA
Date Posted September 6, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia-sponsored program housed at George Mason University and Virginia’s academic library consortium, seeks to fill the position of Open and Sustainable Learning Coordinator. 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 and VIVA’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


The Open and Sustainable Learning Coordinator is responsible for the statewide development and implementation of the promotion, programming, and training elements of VIVA’s Open and Affordable Course Content Initiative. This position works to directly advance VIVA’s goal of implementing sustainable and economically viable models of scholarly communication that provide barrier-free access to resources for students and researchers.


  • Coordinate and implement the outreach and training components of VIVA’s statewide Open and Affordable Course Content Program.
  • Serve as a central contact and facilitator for the VIVA Open Textbook Network program and its System and Campus Leaders.
  • Build and maintain consensus across stakeholder groups, and advocate effectively for OER and the VIVA program to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Support the work of the VIVA Open and Affordable Course Content Committee and its associated task forces, including coordinating the annual Open Textbook Network Best Practices Forum.
  • Work closely with the Assessment and E-Resources Program Analyst to evaluate and communicate programmatic success to a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Develop and promote a coherent view of open and affordable course content options available to faculty, including Open Educational Resources (OER), VIVA shared collections, local library holdings, and affordable content available for central licensing and acquisition.
  • Serve as a statewide resource for libraries interested in helping faculty to adapt, publish, and implement OER, including licensing policies and copyright compliance issues.
  • Identify and cultivate partners for open and affordable learning solutions and actively investigate new models and approaches for the development, promotion, and implementation of these solutions within libraries.
  • Monitor and communicate about issues, trends, and best practices in open and affordable course content and copyright and intellectual property issues within the higher education landscape. Communicate to the VIVA community emerging models of scholarly communication that provide barrier free access to resources for students and researchers.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science or foreign equivalent, or an equivalent combination of relevant graduate study and experience.
  • Significant and demonstrably successful experience working collaboratively in a complex and culturally diverse higher education setting.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, planning and organizational skills, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of intellectual property and copyright issues in the academic environment, including trends in Open Access and open education.
  • Demonstrated project management and team leadership of individuals and groups as well as the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in adapting to change and ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and balance multiple functions and tasks.
  • Candidate must be willing and able to travel to meetings and to attend conferences and meetings representing VIVA.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends at library consortia.
  • Experience or demonstrated skills in instruction, curriculum design, and teaching with technology.
  • Familiarity with grant writing and experience fulfilling grant reporting requirements.
  • Aptitude for thinking creatively and developing products and services, such as publications, training materials, workshops, conferences, and other tools relevant to open education and scholarly communications.
  • Understanding of current library publishing landscape and alternative publishing models, with an emphasis on open content.
  • Experience with editing web pages and managing websites.
  • A record of active professional engagement including professional presentations and publications.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply:

12-month professional faculty without rank appointment; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

VIVA serves as Virginia’s academic library consortium, representing 72 nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Members include all of the 39 state-assisted colleges and universities as well as 32 of the independent (private, nonprofit) institutions and the Library of Virginia. VIVA’s mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s nonprofit academic libraries serving the higher education community. See for more information about VIVA.

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 DC 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 for more information.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

All applications for this position (FA43FZ) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (, Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin October 13, 2018.

Equity Statement: 

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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