Community manager DOAB

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is looking for a Community manager, responsible for communication and acquisition. This is a full-time position for 12 to 18 months, made possible through SCOSS funding from the French Open Science Committee. DOAB has its office in The Hague in the Netherlands, but the position is open to working remotely from neighboring countries.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 27 March, 5 PM CET.


  • acquisition of memberships
    • library memberships (OAPEN/DOAB)
    • sponsors (DOAB)
    • communication for OAPEN and DOAB
    • newsletters
    • social media
    • website
    • marketing material
    • toolkits, resources for target audiences
  • partnership management
    • coordination and management of DOAB stakeholders committee
    • contribution to OA books network
  • project leader
    • SCOSS fundraising campaign
    • awareness campaigns
    • specific resources: OA books toolkit for authors


  • coordinate the SCOSS fundraising campaign;
  • set and implement communication campaigns to push the narrative in relevant communities and build an information hub function;
  • develop communication packages for relevant stakeholders;
  • organize and participate in events to build community and boost awareness;
  • provide updates on new services and features to the community;
  • build sustaining relationships with customers and other stakeholders;
  • source and empower ambassadors in the community;
  • produce and disseminate evidence, good case practices and impact reports regarding services;
  • promote the SCOSS program

Required experience/skills:

  • relevant work experience in communication/acquisition/customer relations
  • experience in scholarly communication, within libraries or academic publishing
  • experience in or familiarity with open access and book publishing
  • excellent communication skills
  • fluency in English (spoken/written)
  • willingness to travel
  • Masters degree

Starting date: 1 July 2020 or earlier.

Employment period: 12 months full time, with a possible extension to 18 months.

Salary: Salary range €50k - €60k (gross) per annum, commensurate with experience.

Closing date for applications: 27 March 2020.

To Apply/Questions:

Applicants should email their CV (highlighting relevant experience) and a short cover letter to Eelco Ferwerda, director of OAPEN and co-director of DOAB: For questions, please use the same email address.

About DOAB

DOAB (the Directory of Open Access Books) provides a quality-controlled list of open access book publishers and their peer-reviewed books. DOAB enables researchers, libraries, and discovery services to easily identify and search peer-reviewed, open access monographs, thereby improving discovery, access, and usage of monographs all over the world. Publishers can apply to be listed in DOAB. Publishers that meet DOAB’s requirements are listed in the directory and can upload the metadata of their OA books. Metadata are harvestable through the OAI-PMH protocol by third parties, such as libraries and discovery services, to increase discovery and usage of OA books.


The OAPEN Foundation was established in 2011 to support the transition to OA books. The OAPEN Library hosts one of the largest full-text collections of freely accessible academic books. OAPEN works with publishers and funders to build a quality-controlled collection of OA books, and provides services for publishers, libraries, and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, metadata enhancement, dissemination, and digital preservation.

OAPEN and DOAB are members of OPERAS, the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. OAPEN and DOAB have jointly been selected by SCOSS, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services, as vital open access infrastructure services, to be supported by the Academic community.

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