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Operations Director, Public Knowledge Project
Employment Duration Permanent Full Time
Location Burnaby
Closing Date December 20, 2021
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Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for the position of Operations Director for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). Reporting to the Executive Director of Research Operations of the Office of the Vice President Research and International, this full-time continuing position will direct and manage the operations, finance, and personnel of this research and development initiative in scholarly communication. 

Recently designated as one of SFU’s University Core Facilities, PKP is the world’s leading developer of open source (free) software for scholarly publishing, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), and Open Preprint Systems (OPS). It is a leading advocate for sustainable and equitable open access to research, while its Scientific Directors conduct research on scholarly communication. PKP is sustained by public and private agency grants and PKP Publishing Services, as well as by memberships and partnerships. PKP is also a partner with Érudit at the Université de Montréal of the federally-funded Coalition Publica scholarly publishing initiative.  

The PKP Operations Director will work closely with the PKP Scientific Directors, Associate Directors, and staff, to develop strategic plans, set priorities, and build productive working relationships around scholarly publishing initiatives with university, national, and international bodies and organizations. The Operations Director will manage a largely remote PKP team of about 30 full and part-time employees working on three continents.  

This Operations Director position will appeal to an experienced leader with an ability to coordinate and motivate staff, collaborators, and partners, involving software engineers,  social scientists, and other professionals in scholarly communication working around the globe. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of managing complex projects, speaking on behalf of organizations, and creating work environments reflecting principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. The position will appeal to those who would welcome the opportunity to advance a greater global knowledge exchange through innovative technologies and research, as PKP continues to develop sustainable, mission-driven systems and services that contribute to the open infrastructure underlying open science. 

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The Director, Public Knowledge Project (PKP) provides direction and oversight for all of PKP's University Core Facility (UCF) activities, including leading a team of professional and technical staff to grow the facility and position SFU as a leader in scholarly publishing. The Director works closely with the Scientific Director and other Associate Directors to ensure the long-term sustainability of the UCF. The Director provides leadership to all UCF operations, oversees research design, annual operating, capital, and revenue budgets and is responsible for establishing and ensuring that revenue and research income targets are met. The role is responsible for strategic planning to ensure the long-term sustainability of PKP, including developing and implementing strategies to advance strategic priorities and opportunities, improve operations, and launch and expand initiatives, products, and services. The Director establishes policies, procedures, and processes for partner engagement, business development, and service delivery.


Master's degree in Library Science, Information Studies, Business Administration or a related discipline and five years of directly related experience, including experience in strategic planning, financial management, service design and operations management, marketing and communications, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. 

  • Excellent knowledge of effective communications strategies and tactics.
  • Excellent knowledge of facility management.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral, written, presentation), and relationships management skills.
  • Excellent leadership, supervisory, coaching, team management, and mentorship skills.
  • Excellent grant management skills. 
  • Excellent decision-making, strategic planning, project management, and change management skills.
  • Excellent organization, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent budgeting and financial administration skills. 
  • Strong ability to independently research, analyze, interpret, and respond in complex and sensitive situations.
  • Ability to influence others 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, exercise initiative, diplomacy, and discretionary judgment.
  • Ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects with various stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to plan, cost, purchase, and oversee the installation and maintenance of equipment in a state-of-the-art research, training, and service facility.

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