Employment Opportunity: PKP Operations Director

Operations Director, Public Knowledge Project
* A Full-Time Continuing Position *

Simon Fraser University (SFU) invites applications for the position of Operations Director for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). Reporting to the Executive Director of Research Operations of the Office of the Vice President Research and International (VPRI), this full-time continuing position will direct and manage the operations, finance, and personnel of this research and development initiative in scholarly communication.

Recently designated as one of SFU’s Core Facilities, PKP is the world’s leading developer of open source (free) software for scholarly publishing, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Monograph Press (OMP), and Open Preprint Systems (OPS). It is a leading advocate for sustainable and equitable open access to research, while its Scientific Directors conduct research on scholarly communication. PKP is sustained by public and private agency grants and PKP Publishing Services, as well as by memberships and partnerships. PKP is also a partner with Érudit at the Université de Montréal of the federally-funded Coalition Publica scholarly publishing initiative.

The PKP Operations Director will work closely with the PKP Scientific Directors, Associate Directors, and staff, to develop strategic plans, set priorities, and build productive working relationships around scholarly publishing initiatives with university, national, and international bodies and organizations. The Operations Director will manage a largely remote PKP team of about 30 full and part-time employees working on three continents.

This Operations Director position will appeal to an experienced leader with an ability to coordinate and motivate staff, collaborators, and partners, involving software engineers,  social scientists, and other professionals in scholarly communication working around the globe. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of managing complex projects, speaking on behalf of organizations, and creating work environments reflecting principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. The position will appeal to those who would welcome the opportunity to advance a greater global knowledge exchange through innovative technologies and research, as PKP continues to develop sustainable, mission-driven systems and services that contribute to the open infrastructure underlying open science.


Those who work and study at Simon Fraser University acknowledge the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, on whose traditional territories SFU’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create a space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

Over the last twenty years, SFU has been consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top three comprehensive universities; it is repeatedly named one of British Columbia’s Top Employers, among Canada’s Top 100 employers, and a top family-friendly employer. SFU offers more than 100 undergraduate major and joint major programs and more than 45 graduate offerings, spanning many disciplines in eight faculties, and has an international reputation for its innovative interdisciplinary and professional programs.


  • Lead, inspire, mentor, and supervise employees on a wide range of team- and project-based activities.
  • Oversee operations, providing focus and setting priorities for budget, staff, grants, and projects, while taking responsibility for financial matters, as well as hiring and dismissal of personnel.
  • Develop and implement policies, programs, and procedures with the Operations Team and Equity and Inclusion Team to foster an inclusive, supportive, and respectful team environment where diversity and equity are valued and advanced.
  • Manage senior staff by directing and evaluating performance and providing support and guidance.
  • Establish working relationships with the Office of the Vice-President Research, SFU Library leadership, and academic departments.
  • Communicate about and promote the work of the Library and PKP in the international scholarly publishing community within the University and represent SFU and PKP in campus, regional, national, and international forums.
  • Prepare and manage grant and funding proposals among national and international, public and private funding bodies.
  • Co-lead the CFI-funded Coalition Publica project in association with the Executive Director of Érudit at the Université de Montréal.
  • Promote open access, open science and related initiatives through active participation in campus and external meetings, conferences, workshops, and other venues.
  • Maintain currency with developments in scholarly publishing and communication, as well as participate in relevant professional organizations at national  and international levels.
  • Facilitate positive, collaborative relationships and conflict resolution between staff members and community members as needed, in cooperation with senior staff and the Code of Conduct Committee



  • Either a Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Studies, or Business Administration, or their equivalent.
  • Five (5) or more years’ leadership/ and management experience, preferably in an academic, non-profit, or publishing environment.
  • Outstanding management skills, including team development, people management, research project and grant management, program development, and financial management.
  • Strategic understanding and knowledge of trends in higher education, academic libraries, open research infrastructure, scholarly publishing, and publishing technology
  • Ability to recognize, respect, and work effectively with people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.
  • A collaborative and transparent leadership style with a demonstrated ability to build consensus.
  • Ability to engage in productive relationships across and within a diverse range of institutions.
  • A record of professional achievement, preferably in the service of the profession and the community.
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, both orally and in written form.
  • Willing and able to travel for business estimated at 15-20 days a year.
  • Consideration may be given to an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Second graduate degree in a relevant field of specialization related to scholarly publishing or business management.
  • Strategic understanding and knowledge of trends in higher education, academic libraries, open research infrastructure, scholarly publishing, organizational development, and stakeholder management.
  • Background in publishing, particularly scholarly publishing.
  • Working knowledge of French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
  • Experience with working with software engineers and technical teams, especially PKP software, and/or other post-secondary open source software (e.g. DSpace, Islandora, etc.).
  • Able to nurture a supportive sense of belonging and fulfillment among team members working in a virtual environment.


This is a continuing SFU staff position, with a compensation range of $99,000 – 136,000 CAD annually, depending on experience.

While this position is intended to operate out of the SFU campus, arrangements to work remotely may be negotiable.

PKP is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working environment. We believe an open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have otherwise been underrepresented or discouraged. We seek to contribute to efforts and goals to develop and support the decolonization of scholarly publishing, to collaborate in postcolonial publishing initiatives, and to provide the means for a diversity of academic inquiry and voices to readily engage in scholarly publishing on a global scale. For more information on how PKP operates, please see our Organization page.

As part of Simon Fraser University, PKP is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all genders, visible minorities, persons of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2SIA+ identified persons.


To be given assured consideration applications must be submitted via SFU’s application system job application system by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Monday, December 20 2021.

For more information, contact James MacGregor, Managing Director (Interim): james_macgregor@sfu.ca.