Ohio State University Publishing Services Lead in Columbus, Ohio

Department: Content & Access

Summary of Duties:

The Publishing Services Lead reports to the Head of the Libraries’ Publishing and Repository Services Department and leads an established program for Open Access publishing in the Libraries. The Lead keeps abreast of latest trends and best practices in the publishing environment and will contribute to the Libraries’ strategic initiatives by providing innovative and sustainable publishing services to support the sharing and preservation of digital scholarship. The Lead collaborates across the Libraries (Research Commons, subject and area specialists, Copyright Resources Center) and campus (including the OSU Press) and works with current and potential partners, conference organizers, and journal editors to create, disseminate, and preserve digital scholarly material. Specific responsibilities include: Supervise production staff; design, implement, document, and coordinate workflows for multiple concurrent publishing projects; support and develop outreach and educational programming; facilitate communication among project stakeholders; perform and/or manage production tasks including layout editing and data input; provide consultation and publishing software technical support for editors and creators of digital content; serve as product owner for publishing software infrastructure.

Additional Information for Applicants::

University Libraries’ Publishing and Repository Services (PRS) engages with partners across the university to increase the amount, value, and impact of OSU-produced digital content including, but not limited, to conference proceedings, journals, monographs, working papers, technical reports, student scholarship, and faculty articles. PRS offers support by organizing, providing access, distributing, and preserving digital scholarly material through the Knowledge Bank repository program and the Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Program. PRS currently uses Open Journal Systems, DSpace, and WordPress.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience; three years of related experience; experience with scholarly publishing editorial practices and the editorial infrastructure of digital publishing platforms (e.g. Open Journal Systems, WordPress); strong understanding of current academic scholarly communication principles and requirements; excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to explain technical concepts to a nontechnical audience; ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment; ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects with minimal supervision and to meet deadlines; demonstrated experience with HTML or XML.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience documenting relevant policies, procedures, and local standards related to digital scholarly publishing projects; experience with creating and delivering effective presentations and marketing strategies for outreach and engagement; experience with managing metadata, text, images, and other forms of digital research content; experience with CSS or PHP; supervisory experience.

Target Salary: $50,000.00 - $56,000.00 Annually

Job Category: Administrative and Professional

Job Appointment (FTE%):


The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, and protected veteran status.