Senior Coordinator, Open Scholarship

Pretoria, South Africa
18 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
03 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time



In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

The University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.


The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the development of the University’s Open Access policy to ensure compliance with funding mandates;
  • Ensuring the development, compliance and updating of the Research Data Management for the institution;
  • Administration of the Repository Management and Metadata Issues;
  • Giving advice on issues of Copyright and Open Access;
  • Developing the institutional provision and support for academic research impact;
  • Supervising Team and Resources Management;
  • Undertaking any other duties appropriate as required by the Assistant Director: Scholarly Communications.


  • A four year B degree in Library and Information Science;


  • A three year B degree and an Honours degree in Information Science/Library Science (e.g. BIS, BLS, BIBL);
  • Four years’ working experience in:
  • An academic or research library setting; 
  • Web publishing and digital content creation;
  • Research data management and familiarity with rights management issues in digital environments.


  • Identify and promote digital tools to enhance research and teaching;
  • Develop and implement guidelines and procedures for OA functions;
  • Knowledge of copyright and Intellectual Property legislation;
  • Knowledge of digital object management infrastructure such as repositories (e.g. DSpace, and Figshare);
  • Knowledge of research processes and the role of publishing and managing data within contemporary research and scholarship;
  • Familiarity with metadata standards and formats used in digital research environments (e.g. Dublin Core, DDI, ORCID, DOI);
  • Knowledge of research processes and the role of publishing and managing data within contemporary research and scholarship;
  • Knowledge of research impact metrics and platforms;
  • Knowledge of research impact metrics documentation and analysis methods, i.e. SciVal, Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar;
  • Benefits of Open Access scholarship;
  • Develop training materials;
  • Database management;
  • Ability to lead and initiate university or library projects;
  • Advanced project management skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, with proficiency in a Windows environment and with MS Office applications;
  • Team builder, leader and motivator;
  • Problem solving;
  • Analytical skills.


  • A Masters in Library and Information Science or equivalent advanced degree;
  • Certificate in copyright and Intellectual Property legislation.

PLEASE NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

The annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes 50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online at, and follow the link: Careers@UP.

In applying for this post, please attach:

  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Certified copies of qualifications;
  • Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

CLOSING DATE: 3 August 2020

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES:  Mr Gojiwe Malobola, Contact: 074 610 7070 for application-related enquiries and Dr Johann Van Wyk, email: for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 October 2020, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply. All candidates agree to undergo verification of personal credentials.

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions.

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