Digital Publishing Production Lead

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Created: March 24, 2014


Digital Publishing Production Lead

The George Mason University, University Libraries Division seeks an experienced professional (Digital Publishing Production Lead) to be responsible for the management of, and front-line user support for, digital publishing tools and platforms in use by the Mason Publishing Group.

Mason Publishing is a new library initiative that unites the library’s existing digital publishing activity with the George Mason University Press to form a new set of publishing services for the university.


Manage the daily operations of our institutional repository—Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS)—and our LUNA digital asset management system;
Consult with students, faculty and researchers who want to publish materials in MARS;
Work closely with our Metadata Services Group to insure consistent metadata across all digital platforms;
Assist our Data Services Group with data repository issues and solutions; and
Provide project management responsibility for workflows leading to production/transformation of e-content for a range of target platforms (e.g., e-books, e-journals, print-on-demand services, etc.).

The incumbent will supervise the Digital Content Developer and report to the Head, Mason Publishing Group.

Required Qualifications:

Graduate degree in a relevant discipline;
Demonstrated successful experience managing and/or developing digital collections and publications;
Outstanding analytical, organizational, project, and time management skills;
Ability to simultaneously lead multiple projects;
Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on-time and within budget by leveraging demonstrated creative and innovative problem-solving skills;
Ability to document relevant policies, procedures, and local standards; and
Should also be familiar with a range of Web-based technologies, and possess demonstrable expertise in at least one of the following: XML, XSLT, Java, HTML5, or CSS.

Preferred Qualifications:

ALA-accredited (or foreign equivalent) master’s in library or information science and/or advanced or other terminal degree;
Minimum of two years of professional experience in digital initiatives, digital collections, or direct experience in digital publishing;
Experience working with an institutional repository platform/software (e.g., Fedora, DSpace, Eprints, Digital Commons);
Experience in identifying appropriate funding opportunities, and in writing successful grant applications;
Knowledge of current metadata schemas and standards such as MODS, METS, and Dublin Core including demonstrated competence with XML, and understanding of metadata principles and practices such as those found in AACR2, RDA, and other emerging metadata schemes;
Facility with the Adobe Creative Suite particularly InDesign (CS5 or later) is a plus; and
Knowledge of new scholarly publishing models.


12-month professional faculty appointment with rank, or without rank, dependent on academic qualifications and experience; and
Health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; and tuition waiver for self.

The University Libraries is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, DuraSpace, Portico and CLOCKSS. For more information please visit or

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA463z at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information (names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers).

Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the University Librarian, Review of applications begins April 21, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.


Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 19:44 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:43 UTC