Open Education Program ManagerUtah State University

Post date: Sep 02, 2021

Open Education Program Manager (Library Professional I)

Utah State University (USU) Libraries seeks an innovative and highly collaborative Open Education Program Manager who will be instrumental in advancing an active and growing open educational resource (OER) Program.

The Open Education Program Manager will be an integral member of a dynamic OER Team including a full-time coordinator and three part-time student program assistants as well as other library campus partners. The successful applicant will oversee the promotion of OER and facilitate efforts to identify, create, adapt, and adopt open and affordable content at the course and program level. The Open Education Program Manager will communicate broadly and collaborate closely with stakeholders from across the University including students, faculty, staff, and library colleagues to support the role of OER in evolving teaching, learning, and research needs of the USU community. This position will also be responsible for managing the OER Grant Program, including solicitation and evaluation of proposals, training and support for recipients, and oversight of deliverables. The Open Education Program Manager will be responsible for proposing and implementing comprehensive outreach, advocacy, and education efforts as well as the evaluation and assessment of the OER Program. As a member of the Digital Initiatives Unit, the Open Education Librarian will also contribute to unit, division, and library-wide planning and initiatives.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Initiatives, the position is a two-year, full-time, fully benefitted professional position with a possible extension contingent on funding and program performance. The Library is especially interested in promoting an environment of diversity and excellence throughout the institution and welcomes candidates committed to fostering diverse and inclusive environments.

Review of applications will begin on September 16, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.


  • Provide leadership, vision, and support for USU’s OER initiatives in collaboration with library, campus, and other stakeholders throughout the statewide system

  • Guide faculty in the discovery, creation, dissemination, identification, adoption, and assessment of open and affordable course content

  • Oversee the planning, delivery, and evaluation of OER education and outreach events, workshops, training opportunities

  • Create, maintain, curate, and share resources and best practices with respect to the creation, adoption, adaptation, and implementation of OER at USU

  • Develop and share expertise in various tools and platforms for adaptation creation of OER

  • Provides general copyright and licensing information and guidance to support copyright compliance within OER projects

  • Partner with liaison librarians to support the development of instructional and outreach materials related to open and affordable course content

  • Pursue professional development to keep current on trends and developments in open and affordable education

  • Identify opportunities to increase engagement with Library resources related to OE

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or related field

  • Demonstrated familiarity with developments, resources, and services related to open and affordable course content

  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work both independently and collegially on a team

  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility

  • Proven ability to foster respect and inclusion by working successfully with a wide variety of people/stakeholders and encourage their participation and involvement

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated training and presentation skills

  • Excellent time management, organizational, and problem-solving skills with the ability to lead multiple concurrent projects

  • Demonstrated flexibility, creativity, and ability to adapt to a changing environment, where needs and priorities of the library and stakeholders may shift rapidly

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with various content management platforms including but not limited to OpenStax, Open Textbook Library, and Pressbooks

  • Awareness of accessibility requirements for websites and digital content

  • Experience or interest in working with learning management systems

  • Experience in the creation and deployment of digital learning objects such as videos and interactive tutorials and interest in emerging technologies and tools

  • Awareness of trends and best practices in scholarly publishing including open access, open licensing, and copyright


  • Life and Disability Insurance

  • Health and Dental insurance coverage for the whole family

  • 14.2% of annual earnings are deposited into a 401(a) account, no matching required

  • 22 days per year of paid annual leave

  • 12 days per year of paid sick leave

  • 12 paid holidays per year

  • Free access to an on-campus exercise facility for both employee and family

  • Opportunity for 50% off tuition for both employee and immediate family members

  • Equipment budget to purchase the technology needed to do your job well

  • Ongoing training and funds to attend seminars, conferences, etc.

Salary starts at a minimum of $45,000 (based on qualifications and experience) plus excellent benefits.

Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, a 14.2% retirement contribution by the University, and 22 days/year vacation. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.

For additional information or to apply for the position:

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