Manager Scholarly Communications

Sydney, Australia
02 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • $106K - $120K + 17% super + Leave Loading
  • Continuing role
  • Full time hours

UNSW Library is one of Australia’s major research libraries, with extensive scholarly information resources, services and facilities. It serves a large population of academic staff and students on three campuses and affiliated research institutes.

A key priority of the Library is to provide leadership, advocacy, information and advice to academic staff and higher degree research students on the selection and adoption of the most appropriate research outlets and innovative publication models for the dissemination of UNSW-authored research outputs. This includes provision of leadership and support for the University’s Open Access Policy for research outputs, and use of the UNSWorks and ResData institutional repositories for research publications and data outputs.

About the role

The Manager Scholarly Communications provides high-level expertise and strategic advice to the University and individual researchers on the changing modes of scholarly publishing and communication, in order to increase visibility and impact of UNSW’s scholarship and knowledge assets.

The role provides expert advice to inform the delivery of the Library’s scholarly communications services for researchers and Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates and is responsible for supporting the University’s Open Access Policy. The scholarly communications services are designed to assist researchers to make informed choices and best leverage open access, traditional publishing and technological opportunities, when publishing their research outputs for maximum impact. The role also provides input on technological solutions that will enhance and support scholarly communication at UNSW.

About the Successful Candidate

  • A degree from a higher education institution, with a depth of subsequent relevant experience, postgraduate qualifications with relevant experience, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of education, training and/or experience.
  • Expert knowledge of the research process and practices and the scholarly communications environment, including publisher policies and contracts, copyright, open access, metrics and impact, and the use of authoring communication tools, in which university researchers and HDR candidates operate.
  • In-depth knowledge of the application of digital repositories, research infrastructure, referencing applications, authoring tools and other technologies, applied to facilitating scholarly communication. Excellent presentation skills and demonstrated ability to deliver informative and influential presentations and resources, to convey and advocate complex and innovative solutions in a meaningful and trusted way.
  • Ability to provide Library staff and researchers at all levels with high level and detailed information, advice, strategies and solutions to the complex contractual and copyright issues and problems prevalent in scholarly communication and publishing environments.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategies to ensure the successful implementation and researcher uptake of scholarly communication policies, and services which support the research impact of individual researchers and research programs. 
  • Demonstrated high level communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with ability to influence and sustain relationships with stakeholders at all levels, both internal and external.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and lading a team in a dynamic, matrix working environment.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

To Apply: Please submit your CV, Cover Letter and Responses to Selection Criteria nominated in the Position Description.


Kimberly Symons
Talent Acquisition Consultant

T:  02 9385 0670

Applications close: Monday 23rd September before 11 pm

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

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