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Scholarly Communication Officer

Position Description

Seattle University's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons invites applications for an experienced, flexible, and innovative library faculty member to serve in the position of Scholarly Communication Officer. This 12-­month non-­tenure­--track position, at a rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian, is available April 1, 2018. 

Lemieux Library Faculty are uniquely positioned to meaningfully contribute to the transformation of the scholarly communication system and to lead change across campus. With this position, Lemieux will focus and accelerate its engagement with scholarly communication issues to benefit the Seattle University community while leveraging our investment in the bepress™ Digital Commons subscription.  Towards this end, the position’s scope is intentionally broad, encompassing the diverse areas that comprise the scholarly communication landscape today – institutional repositories, library-based publishing, copyright in making and sharing scholarship, digital scholarship, open access, open education, measuring research impact, meeting funder mandates, and research data management.

Liaison and Library Faculty responsibilities round out the incumbent’s portfolio. As a member of the Library Faculty, contribute to library wide initiatives by serving on library, campus, inter-institutional and consortia committees, participating in strategic planning initiatives, and cooperating closely with other library units. Participate in the process to define and to exercise the rights and responsibilities associated with faculty governance consistent with the cultures of the university and the library. Engage in research, scholarly publication, professional development, and service activities in areas appropriate to academic librarianship and the disciplines served as outlined in the Committee for Librarian Evaluation and Promotion documents. Continuously assess and improve library operations and services through data collection and analysis.


Minimum qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent. In addition, candidates must provide evidence of: Interest in scholarly communications issues and trends in higher education and a basic understanding of bibliographic standards and conventions. Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success. Commitment to contributing to a supportive, collegial work environment. Experience in solving problems independently and collaboratively. Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines. Effective oral and written communication skills. Willingness to accept and support the mission of Seattle University and its commitment to the vision and values of Jesuit and Catholic higher education.

Desirable Qualifications: Work experience in a university setting and with institutional repositories. Experience with using automated tools, such as design software, video production and social media, for communication, outreach and marketing. Demonstrated knowledge of copyright issues in an academic library. Demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly publishing landscape, including legal issues, open access and author rights. Experience with or training in project management techniques. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituents with a variety of levels of skill and understanding.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants must apply at provide: (1) detailed letter of application identifying the candidate’s education, experience, achievements, potential to succeed in the position as well as salary expectations; (2) comprehensive curriculum vitae; (3) statement on how the candidate, personally and professionally, can contribute to the mission, vision, and values of Seattle University; (4) names and contact information for five professional references who can address the candidates experience and ability pertinent to the position. (Letters may be solicited upon submission of application). Applicants are encouraged to submit any other evidence of qualifications. Consult the library's website for the detailed job description. Application review will begin February 24, 2018. Open until filled. Library faculty appointment will be at appropriate rank, based on experience and service.

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122