Assistant Director of Open Education

Job Type

Full Time




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21 Dupont Circle, NW
Ste. 800
District of Columbia
United States


SPARC’s Assistant Director of Open Education will work with the Director of Open Education to manage SPARC’s Open Education Program, which includes a robust state and federal advocacy portfolio, a broad community of practice of academic library professionals, an intensive leadership program, and a range of special projects to serve SPARC’s mission and membership. The Assistant Director’s primary role is to manage the day-to-day operations of the Open Education Program and the implementation of SPARC’s Open Education policy and communications strategies. The Assistant Director will also have the chance to take charge of special projects and represent SPARC at meetings and events. The position reports to the SPARC Director of Open Education.

Our next Assistant Director of Open Education will be a talented recent graduate or early career professional who is passionate about Open and ready to dive into a fast-paced role at the center of the action. This position is truly unique, offering a wide range of experiences, including working alongside veteran Open advocates with decades of experience, being on the inside of advocacy efforts to pass Open policies, traveling to international Open events, building and mobilizing grassroots networks, creating and leading special projects of your own, and most importantly the chance to materially advance the future of the Open Education movement to benefit society as a whole.

The position is full-time, but dependent on granted support and therefore time restricted. The position is currently funded through June 2020, but could be extended if further funding is secured. The position may be remotely based anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, or it may be based in SPARC’s Washington, DC offices. SPARC is seeking to fill the position as soon as the right candidate is found.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the Open Education program, including managing deadlines and schedules, coordinating monthly programming, running team meetings, maintaining databases, and handling logistics.
  • Support the implementation of SPARC’s Open Education advocacy agenda, including policy tracking and analysis, outreach to policymakers, development of direct and grassroots advocacy communications, and engagement with coalition partners.
  • Develop and lead special projects as needs arise, including developing resources, organizing events, convening meetings, writing reports, and conducting research.
  • Contribute to SPARC’s Open Education communications efforts, including blogging, newsletters, community outreach, and social media.
  • Represent SPARC at conferences and events, including giving presentations and workshops as needed.

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Evidence of a broad and flexible skill set, including top-notch organization, management, logistical, and communication skills, and the ability to juggle multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to work effectively both in the context of the team and independently under self-direction.
  • At least 1 year of professional experience OR demonstrated engagement in Open advocacy as a student.
  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent educational experience.
  • Personal commitment to advancing Open Education for the benefit of students and society.

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

  • Demonstrated advocacy experience is preferred, including volunteer advocacy work, student government, or engaging in Open advocacy from an existing role.
  • Existing expertise in Open Education or closely related issues is valued, including practical experience working with students or faculty on OER, knowledge of open licensing, teaching experience, or work in other Open spaces.
  • Desirable secondary skills include data analysis, graphic design, instructional design, software development, and web design. Please mention in application if applicable.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please complete this form to submit your application for the position. Note that start date is flexible.