Scholarly Communications Manager — Office of Library Services (OLS), CUNY, New York, NY

The Office of Library Services (OLS) at the Central Administrative Office of CUNY supports the 31 libraries at the University’s 25 campuses to enhance library services for students and faculty in partnership with campus librarians. The office facilitates discovery of and access to CUNY Libraries’ collections and to the University’s scholarly record, supports the production of open access and openly licensed educational resources, and manages strategic initiatives across the CUNY Library system.

Reporting to the Director of Research and Publishing Strategy, the Scholarly Communications Manager (SCM) at CUNY plays a pivotal role in managing and optimizing the University’s institutional repository and journal publishing platform, CUNY Academic Works (CAW), hosted on Digital Commons. Working closely with campus-based repository coordinators and stakeholders across the library system, the SCM oversees content ingestion and migration, provides comprehensive user support and training, develops journal publishing services, conducts user-centered evaluations, and ensures continuous refinement of repository policies and practices. Additionally, the SCM liaises with vendors to customize CAW and provides backend support for other digital publishing platforms associated with the CUNY Open Press initiative, such as Pressbooks and Manifold.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, key duties include, but are not limited to the following:

-Manages CUNY Academic Works (Digital Commons), overseeing both backend functionality and front-end usability.
-Explores and develops publishing support services for the CUNY Open Press.
-Manages integration of library content into Brightspace, CUNY’s new Learning Management System.
-Supports development of metadata schema in the Brightspace learning object repository.
-Runs and shares reports on researcher library needs using research administration software such as Cayuse.
-May supervise temporary staff or part-time student assistants.
-Participates in OLS strategic planning, contributes to library policy development, and assists in goal assessment.
-Performs other duties as assigned.

NOTE : Until further notice, this position is eligible to work remotely and work on-site in the office.


Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree and six years’ related experience required; MLS degree and/or Master’s in a related field may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirement.

Preferred Qualifications
-Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited school, or in a related field.
-Experience in developing and/or managing an institutional repository system.
-Familiarity with major descriptive metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MIX, MODS, PREMIS, or others).
-Working knowledge of digitization standards and formats, rights management, and academic publishing practices.
-Experience with user experience theory and methodology.
-Knowledge of outreach and marketing techniques.
-Exceptionally detail-oriented with strong organizational skills, adept at developing plans, managing diverse assignments and conflicting priorities, while consistently meeting deadlines.
-Excellent verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills.
-Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively to inspire a shared vision with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.
-Proficiency using academic, administrative, and financial computer programs, systems, and databases.


Salary range is $90,375 – $96,602, commensurate with qualifications, education and experience.

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY’s web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined. The direct link to the job opening from external sources is here.

April 26, 2024