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Position Opening for SPARC/ORFG

ORFG Community Manager

About ORFG

The Open Research Funders Group is in an initiative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). The ORFG is a partnership of philanthropic organizations committed to the open sharing of research outputs. The ORFG believes openness benefits society by accelerating the pace of discovery, reducing information-sharing gaps, encouraging innovation, and promoting reproducibility. The ORFG engages a range of stakeholders to develop actionable principles and policies that promote greater dissemination, transparency, replicability, and reuse of papers, data, and a range of other research types. The ORFG members collectively hold assets in excess of $100 billion, with total giving in the $10 billion range.


Position Summary

The Community Manager will expand the ORFG’s capacity, helping to liaise with existing and prospective ORFG members to better understand the tools and resources necessary for developing, launching, and overseeing open policies.  The Community Manager will increase the ORFG’s participation in events, respond to opportunities, and cultivate strategic relationships with research stakeholders.  Additionally, the Community Manager will help further develop ORFG programming, including collecting and analyzing existing funder policies to determine best practices, cohort clustering, and opportunities for information-sharing.  The role will also engage with targeted funders to understand hurdles to policy adoption and appropriate tools to address these issues.

Location: While SPARC is based in Washington DC this is a virtual position and can be located anywhere. Candidates who plan to work in the United States and are legally authorized to work in the USA will be considered for employment. Candidates who plan to work outside of the United States may be considered for a consulting contract in accordance with applicable law.

Reports to: Val Hollister, ORFG Operations Lead/SPARC Chief Operating Officer 

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 3-4 trips per year).

Overtime Status: Exempt

Compensation Range: $90,000-$110,000 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.


Responsibilities & Tasks 

  • Liaise with existing and prospective ORFG members to better understand the tools and resources necessary to develop, launch, and oversee open policies.  
  • Coordinate the development of these tools and resources, in conjunction with the ORFG director, members, and other stakeholders.
  • Organize, plan, and manage community building events for ORFG members, the wider funder community, and others in the research ecosystem committed to (or interested in) open.
  • Cultivate, mentor, and coordinate grassroots leadership within the funder community to improve understanding and adoption of open policies.
  • Manage regular communications and updates within the ORFG membership.
  • Identify and fill gaps in the ORFG’s suite of community-curated web resources (e.g., reading list, guide to open infrastructure tools).
  • Provide strategic, programmatic, and operational support for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science, which is co-managed by the ORFG
  • Represent the ORFG at industry events, on social media, and in other venues where the funders’ voice could have an input.


Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills & Ability   

  • 5 years of experience and deep knowledge of the research ecosystem, preferably with direct experience working with philanthropies, universities, and/or government agencies
  • Direct engagement with open science, open access, open data, scholarly communication, and/or research infrastructure projects
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • Experience working with distributed teams to develop and execute projects and programs
  • Excellent computer skills, specifically with Google Suite tools (including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides), and a willingness to learn new tools
  • Values diversity, equity, and inclusion


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

  • Knowledge of grant making processes, language, and oversight
  • Experience in coalition building and growing member organizations
  • Strong organizational and leadership qualities
  • Experience on advocacy campaigns
  • Social media skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion


How to Apply

Complete the online application

Deadline: February 15, 2021 by 5pm Eastern


Hiring Statement

The Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) is an initiative of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), which 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. 

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