SCOAP3 aims to convert to Open Access the peer-reviewed literature in the field of High-Energy Physics by re-directing, on a global level, funds currently used to subscribe to these journals. In the last years CERN, in partnership with key funding agencies and libraries worldwide, has laid the groundwork for SCOAP3: from a business-plan to fundraising pledges, from agreements with publishers to a governance infrastructure. CERN is now seeking a manager to formally establish the SCOAP3 consortium and preside on its operation, reporting to the CERN Head of Open Access.
In the first crucial months leading to the formation of the SCOAP3 consortium and the conclusion of the procurement process, the main activities will consist of:
- Establishing the project governance and in particular, preparation and signature of Memoranda of Understanding among all partners.
- Successfully concluding the contracts with all vendors for the provision of the SCOAP3 Open Access services and the re-direction of subscription monies.
- Monitoring of the implementation of all IT facilities needed for the operation of SCOAP3 (repository, mechanisms for contract monitoring).
- Support the worldwide outreach for the SCOAP3 fundraising and consensus building for the next steps of the initiative.
On condition of a successful start of the SCOAP3 operation, the successful candidate will then step up to take on the overall operational lead of the consortium including:
- Monitoring the implementation of the SCOAP3 initiative and report to its financial backers.
- Manage the overall project budget, oversee financial transfers and mitigate financial risks.
- Ensure the good-governance of the Consortium and the respect of the Memorandum of Understanding among all partners.
- Work pro-actively to assure that financial obligations of all parties are met in a timely manner.
- Managing a small SCOAP3 office including an IT specialist operating the SCOAP3 repository and communication platforms and a subscription licensing expert assuring contract monitoring.
- Represent the consortium in all contacts with its vendors for all matters related to their contracts with SCOAP3.
- Represent SCOAP3 on the international Open Access scene for outreach and knowledge transfer.
The experience required is:
- Demonstrated experience in leading a project with direct responsibility for planning, monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience in co-ordinating diverse international networks.
- Experience in fund-raising in a not-for-profit environment.
- Experience in narrative and financial reporting on complex projects to international donors and stakeholders.
- In-depth knowledge of the scientific publishing industry and funding channels for libraries subscriptions worldwide is an asset.
The contract is for one year, extensible up to a maximum of five years. Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration CERN contracts may be granted an indefinite CERN contract. The initial salary range is 95760-109200 Swiss franks, net of taxes. Further information is available on CERN Benefits and Employment conditions .
The home station will be CERN, in Geneva Switzerland, with significant international travel.
To apply and for further information visit the CERN job portal.
Application deadline extended: 12 August 2012.