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Head, Mason Publishing Group (FA730z)
George Mason University (Libraries)
Fairfax, Virginia
Date Posted
George Mason University Libraries seeks an experienced professional who is attuned to the changing landscape of publishing, knowledgeable about relevant and emerging technologies, able to successfully integrate a university press with a robust digital library publishing program and effectively serve as advocate for the initiative across the university.

Incumbent will manage an integrated program of existing and planned services including an institutional repository, ETDs, e-journal hosting, e-book production, conference proceedings, data publication, and the university press. A key responsibility is developing and sustaining a mix of open access and market-focused digital publishing initiatives that will bring together the distinct strengths and perspectives of the publishing and library domains. We seek a change-agent successful at developing sustainable partnerships across the university.

With this position, the Mason Publishing Group consists of four professional faculty, an e-content designer and support staff. This position administratively reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems and also works closely with the University Librarian and two standing faculty advisory/editorial boards.

REQUIRED – 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, 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. PREFERRED – Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the academic publishing sector.

Appointment/Benefits/Application Information:
12-month professional faculty appointment without rank. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits information and application instructions are available at All applications for this position (FA730z) MUST be submitted online at Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution—located in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area—with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Enrollment is over 32,000, with students studying in over 198 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William. The University Libraries is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. DuraSpace, Portico and CLOCKSS. For more information please visit or

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

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