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Job id: 084067. Salary: £43,205 - £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance..

Posted: 07 February 2024. Closing date: 03 March 2024.

Business unit: Students & Education. Department: Research & Impact.

Contact details: Helen Cargill – Head of Open Research.

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.

Job Description

About Us

The King’s community is dedicated to the service of society. King’s Strategic Vision 2029 sets out our vision for the future, shaped around five priority areas: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; and an international community that services the world.

Within Libraries & Collections, we aspire to be leaders in enabling access to knowledge and information fundamental to this vision. Developments in digital education, e-research and AI are transforming our services. Our Open Library strategy outlines our ambitious plans and how they contribute to student success and research excellence.

We are very excited to be recruiting to the role of Open Access Manager at a time when Open Research has never been more important. Our Open Research team is responsible for working with King’s researchers in an exciting, complex, and fast-moving area. The team works to support the curation and dissemination of scholarly outputs – support for open access publishing, REF, research data management, and copyright; alongside the provision of an interlending service and wide range of subscription-based Library resources.

About the role

As Open Access Manager you will play a vital role in making King’s world-class research publications openly accessible to the benefit of all. Greater openness of both research and collections is central to our Open Library strategy and  Library Evolution.

The Open Access Manager will work in an exciting and developing area of HE Library provision. You will be part of a friendly hard-working team, working collaboratively and pro-actively with colleagues to provide cohesive and high-quality researcher-focused services. On a day-to-day basis you will provide operational management of the Library’s OA publishing services - managing enquiries and requests for block grant funding from King’s authors, together with support for the repository part of King’s CRIS system - overseeing the creation and quality checking of records.

The role would suit candidates who are highly organised, good at problem solving, and managing competing priorities. Candidates must be skilled at absorbing and skilfully communicating complex information, tailoring messages to deliver to different audiences.

All Libraries & Collections staff are encouraged to take responsibility for their own performance and development, through agreeing clear objectives, maintaining professional awareness, participating in professional networks and reflecting on own performance. We expect all managers to role-model a positive, proactive, flexible and committed approach that inspires others.  You will be required to participate in frontline services as required, including contributing towards a Manager on Duty Rota for evening and weekend working.

We encourage applications from candidates who have experience from both within and outside of the Higher Education sector where they can demonstrate the skills needed to succeed in this role.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post, but we welcome applications from candidates seeking a flexible work pattern within our necessary service operating hours.

This is currently a hybrid working role with both work from home and on campus. The role will be based in our department, currently on the Maughan campus.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage a team of staff to deliver high quality Open Access publishing services
  • Oversee the administration of King’s Open Access funds, including UKRI and Wellcome grants
  • Oversee the input and quality control of publication metadata entered into King’s repository and CRIS ‘Pure’, and support the university in successfully delivering its REF submissions
  • Advocate for and promote Open Research across King’s research community by creating and delivering training sessions, and attending Faculty and Dept meetings
  • Actively engage in the HE and Library sector and with relevant external groups, work to promote and develop the open access publishing landscape
  • Play an active role in the work of the wider Open Research team, working closely with the other managers and Head of Open Research
  • Collaborate with other grade 6 colleagues in Libraries & Collections to prioritise, plan and share accountability for delivering on our aims
  • Promote continuous improvement, service innovation and the delivery of results
  • Support the implementation and use of Business Intelligence to steer operational service planning and decision making
  • Liaise and engage with appropriate stakeholders to ensure efficient service delivery

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Please clearly address how you meet the essential criteria in your application, and where possible how you meet the desirable criteria as well.

Essential criteria

  1. Relevant work experience and education: We think a wide range of different work and educational experiences could support you to be successful in this role. Relevant work experience might include work in a University, Research Institute, or HE Library. Relevant educational experiences might include higher education in a related discipline, professional qualifications or other training
  2. Solid knowledge of current issues in scholarly communication, in particular Open Access publishing and/or repositories
  3. Good knowledge or experience of managing a budget
  4. Commitment to equity, equality, diversity and inclusivity in your own learning and ways of working
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain information to a range of different audiences
  6. Experience of advocacy and outreach activity, including giving presentations and delivering training
  7. Experience of supervising or managing projects and/or service improvements
  8. Experience of managing and motivating staff for high performance
  9. Experience of implementing change and supporting others through the process, balancing day-to-day operational activities with developing the service
  10. Ability to work independently in a fast-changing environment and to meet challenging deadlines
  11. Ability to work effectively and proactively with other teams and stakeholders to provide a high-quality service

Desirable criteria

  1. Understanding of the current and future challenges facing academic libraries in research-intensive universities
  2. Knowledge or experience of research in an academic environment
  3. Knowledge of publication or data repositories
  4. Knowledge or experience of managing research funding

Further Information

Please submit a personal statement when applying for this vacancy, clearly setting out how you meet the essential criteria, as this is how we shortlist applications. Learn more about how we recruit, including tips on writing your application and supporting statement on our website:

If you are a student or alumni of King’s there are resources from  King’s Careers & Employability to support you in your application and interview.

Interviews will be held in-person at the Maughan Library, and will consist of competency-based questions linked closely to the essential and desirable criteria mentioned here, together with a presentation.

Interviews are scheduled to take place in the w/c 18th March – probably on Thursday 21st March 2024.

Although we have made improvements over the last number of years, our team is still under-represented in terms of staff from global majority ethnicities, LGBTQ+ identities, and from people with disabilities. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to employing a team that has diverse skills, experiences and abilities.