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Publishing Manager, Open Science

American Physical Society
Denver, CO
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Sep 23, 2022

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American Physical Society

ID: 1266
Location: Remote
Department: Publishing

Publishing Manager, Open Science
Who we are:

The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents more than 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Summary:
The American Physical Society (APS) publishes the trusted, renowned, and growing Physical Review family of peer-reviewed journals, covering physics and physics-related research and including world-leading, premier titles such as Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, and Physical Review X, as well as the essential and trusted core Physical Review titles. Location based in the UK or EU is preferred.

The Publishing Manger, Open Science (PMOS) reports to the Director of Publishing and is responsible for:
  • Understanding, and tracking developments within, the open science/open access landscape
  • Developing fruitful relationships with a network of stakeholders across the open science/open access landscape
  • Using data and knowledge to inform the development of APS products and services
  • Supporting development of transformative agreement proposals and negotiations
  • Directing analysis and modeling of global and local open access publications data
  • Acting as a proxy for external and internal customers in product owner roles on project and product teams

As a "know-how manager" this role is focused on shaping work by effectively collaborating and sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues in a number departments and functional areas. Close and effective working relationships across APS functions and levels will be critical to success.

The PMOS role is remote-first, working primarily from home, and is required to travel to relevant events and stakeholder sites, as well as occasionally to APS offices and other offsite locations for periodic meetings, training, and strategy sessions.

Location based in the UK or EU is preferred.

Education: Bachelors or graduate degree, preferably with a focus relevant to the defined responsibilities of the role.

  • Bachelors or graduate degree, preferably with a focus relevant to the defined responsibilities of the role
  • A minimum of 7 years' experience with scholarly publications and products, preferably in the physical sciences or other areas of STEM
  • Extensive knowledge of scholarly communication, academic library markets, open science/open access trends in research communities, and other forces currently shaping the journals publishing industry
  • A deep appreciation for high-quality, society-owned journals and their value to the scholarly record and scientific enterprise.
  • A combination of experiences including some or all of the following is desirable: editorial processes; publishing policies and workflows; product development; project management/leadership; sales, marketing, business development, and/or other commercial experience.

Core Competencies:
  • Proven leadership and people skills
  • Ability to shape and drive cross-functional work, including projects
  • Customer focus
  • Product and business development
  • Self-motivated, with a strong drive for results
  • Ability to plan, manage and measure work
  • Ability to make timely, quality decisions
  • Demonstrated skills in relationship building and negotiations
  • Business travel savvy and freedom to travel up to 20-30% of the time
  • Ability to work well both independently as well as collaboratively with interdepartmental teams and external colleagues
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently from a remote location, or while traveling, with minimal day-to-day supervision
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to utilize digital technology to effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders

Travel: The position requires significant travel to conduct site visits and to attend meetings and events as part of its core responsibilities, as well as additional travel as assigned.

This is Us:

Help us achieve our mission of advancing and diffusing the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community.

At APS, we:
  • Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
  • Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
  • Promote effective physics education for all

Core Values:

Core values are essential to shaping the culture of an organization. They provide the structure and guidance for how we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day interactions. Every employee has a responsibility for upholding these values. The behaviors and actions associated with demonstrating competency in these Core Values are described in a separate document.

Our Core Values:
  • The Scientific Method
  • Truth and Integrity
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
  • Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
  • Speaking Out
  • Education and Learning

The American Physical Society is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of American Physical Society not to discriminate or allow the harassment of employees or applicants on the basis of race, religious creed, alienage or citizenship, religion, color, ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, protected veteran status, protected military status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, ancestry, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law with regard to any employment practices, including recruitment, advertising, job application procedures, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, job assignments, benefits and/or other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, provided the individual is qualified, with or without reasonable accommodations, to perform the essential functions of the job. This policy applies to all jobs at APS. The American Physical Society is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact APS Human Resources at

All APS Employees must be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination via our secured vaccination portal Safeter upon hire, unless they have an HR approved medical or religious exemption. The APS has a "remote first" concept that promotes equal treatment and equal access, independent of physical work location, with a majority of staff working primarily from remote work locations. We welcome you to apply today!

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