Community Liaison

*Exempt, Full-time position
24-month contract
Responsible to: Educopia Institute Executive Director, Katherine Skinner

Job Description:

This position will be responsible for helping to build a coalition to support an international pilot data trust for OA ebook usage information through an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project, “Developing a Pilot Data Trust for Open Access Ebook Usage.” This project is a collaboration led by Kevin Hawkins at the University of North Texas, with co-PIs Katherine Skinner (Educopia Institute), Lucy Montgomery and Cameron Neylon (Curtin University), Rebecca Welzenbach (University of Michigan), and Brian O’Leary (Book Industry Study Group). The position will work closely with the PIs to help refine and implement the international data trust, including its governance model, legal infrastructure, engagement strategies, data management policies, business plan, and member relationship structures.

Working remotely, the community liaison will spread the word about our pilot project, invite participation from myriad stakeholder groups in the international data trust cooperative we are forming, and collaborate with prospective members on the data trust’s benefits, costs, governance, and service roster. As part of this work, the community liaison will attend a diverse range of conferences and meetings throughout the two years of the project to present about the work, including hosting focus groups, conducting interviews, and fostering connections with each of our stakeholder communities. These will include publishers, researchers, libraries, platforms, aggregators, funders, and others who either create or use OA ebook usage data.

The individual recruited for this position must have professional experience in scholarly communication and must be a self-starter with a passionate belief in the importance of open infrastructure as a key component in the management of knowledge worldwide.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Serving as the primary point of contact for outreach and engagement with the project 
  • Cultivating trust relationships with and engagement from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including publishers, libraries, scholars/researchers, data analysts, and vendors
  • Developing personas and use cases that demonstrate who benefits from OA monograph usage information and how a data trust can serve their needs. 
  • Helping to determine and articulate options for maintaining and sustaining the Data Trust and the research partnerships it represents 
  • Compiling and synthesizing data from multiple sources to inform project priorities 
  • Hosting small meetings, including interviews and focus groups, to build relationships and rapport and to inform project outputs and forward project goals
  • Preparing and presenting outreach communications, including via presentations, publications, and regular listserv, web, and social media posts


  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • At least three years of work experience in scholarly publishing or another aspect of scholarly communications
  • Ability to work under pressure, to adjust to change, to handle multiple tasks, and to coordinate the work of extended groups of project partners

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD degree in a publishing or information management field (e.g., PhD, MLIS)
  • Facilitation experiences with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Experience working with and/or collecting usage data
  • Experience in collaborative projects
  • Proven ability to produce/execute presentations and reports 
  • Experience with hosting and organizing events
  • Hands-on experience using and integrating data


Salary range is $85,000-$90,000/year, commensurate with experience, with additional funding for travel. Benefits include 24 vacation days per year (accruing monthly) and 11 paid holidays, as well as insurance options and retirement match options. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Emma de Francisco at

We will begin reviewing applications on February 17th, and we will continue to welcome applications until the position is filled.

Work Environment

Educopia Institute is a distributed team, and all of our staff members work remotely. Success in working in a geographically distributed, collaborative, and research-intensive environment requires a demonstrated ability to accomplish timely, high-quality work, handle a variety of duties, adapt to changing priorities, work successfully in a team, and communicate effectively with all segments of an extended community.

About the Project

For more information about the project, please see the initial announcement by the University of North Texas. Additional information will be posted as the project is launched.

About Educopia

The Educopia Institute empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge. We believe in the power of connection and collaboration. In all of our work, we encourage knowledge sharing and network building—across institutions, communities, and sectors. 

The Educopia Institute provides training, knowledge, and a neutral administrative backbone to cultivate and facilitate community networks. Educopia’s decentralized staff moderate, encourage, and elevate community member efforts, while distilling, disseminating, and aligning emerging practices and standards.

Educopia Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

*This is an exempt position, limited to 24 months with the possibility of extension. Employees in this position are paid a salary on a monthly basis and are not eligible to receive overtime pay.