Access SPARC resources related to COVID here    

Position Opening for SPARC Open Education Coordinator

SPARC is accepting applications for the Open Education Coordinator Position until February 15, 2021. All applicants will receive a notification by email regarding their application status on or around that date.

Open Education Coordinator


SPARC is a global coalition of over 240 academic and research libraries committed to making “open” the default in research and education. Our mission is built on promoting open as an enabling strategy in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on public research and education investments for the betterment of society. Central to our program areas of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data is the belief that information should be shared in an equitable and accessible way. As a catalyst for action, SPARC advocates for policies and practices at the local, national and international level that promote openness in research and education. SPARC is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Position Title: Open Education Coordinator

Location: While SPARC is based in Washington, DC this is a virtual position and can be located anywhere in the United States. 

Reports to: Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education

Hours per week (average): 40 hours, generally available 9am-5pm local time. Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours may be necessary. Occasional post-pandemic travel to meetings, conferences, etc. (estimated at 2-4 trips per year).

Overtime Status: Exempt

Compensation Range: $38,000 – $48,000 depending on experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, a 3% employer match on 401(k) contributions, and paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.


Position Description

The Open Education Coordinator position assists the Director of Open Education in managing SPARC’s Open Education program, which encompasses policy, advocacy, community organizing, and professional development initiatives. The Coordinator provides day-to-day operating support for the four-member Open Education team and provides administrative assistance to the Director. The position also coordinates parts of SPARC’s ongoing community programming and contributes to meaningful and impactful work across our Open Education portfolio. 

This full-time, virtual position is a prime opportunity for a passionate new graduate or early-career professional seeking to advance openness and equity in education while gaining valuable experience alongside experienced advocates. The position is grant-funded and is available for a two-year term, with the possibility of extension. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.


Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Support day-to-day operations of the Open Education team, including coordinating team meetings, documenting action items, managing deadlines, organizing files, and maintaining databases. 
  • Provide administrative assistance to the Director, including managing the Director’s schedule, to-do list, and other administrative tasks.
  • Coordinate key parts of SPARC’s ongoing Open Education community programming, including a biweekly newsletter, monthly community call, project database, and community listserv.
  • Contribute to SPARC’s broader Open Education work as assigned by the Director, which may include creating resources, organizing events, planning meetings, drafting reports, tracking policies, and collecting data.
  • Attend conferences and events on behalf of SPARC and participate in presentations and workshops. 


Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Minimum 1 year of full-time professional experience or applicable experience in a part-time and/or student leadership role. 
  • Evidence of outstanding organizational skills, including fastidious attention to detail, excellent time management, and ability to efficiently break down and execute on tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to “manage up” and to work effectively both in the context of a team and independently under self-direction.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with emphasis on the ability to efficiently capture salient points and clearly communicate requests to others. 
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced environment that involves rapidly switching between priorities and juggling multiple tasks at once.
  • Enthusiasm to advance SPARC’s mission of making Open the default in research and education for the benefit of students and society.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong computer skills, specifically with Google Suite tools (including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides) or similar, with the ability to pick up new tools quickly.


Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent postsecondary coursework.
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills, especially in the areas of public speaking and facilitating groups.
  • Experience in policy, advocacy, libraries, community organizing, or student government.
  • Issue expertise in Open Education, higher education affordability, access to knowledge.


How to Apply

Complete the Online Application

Deadline: February 15, 2021 by 5pm Eastern


Hiring Statement

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Learn more about our work