Knowledge Futures is seeking a talented and dedicated Open Publishing Editor to join its Community Team. As an Open Publishing Editor, you’ll play a pivotal role in carrying out on Community Services on PubPub, our open-source publishing platform. Your ability to collaborate with partnered communities on services—which may encompass submission, review, production, and/or content enrichment support—will help advance our commitment to amplify knowledge exchange with sought-after open publishing services. Remote, full-time, $84,720 plus benefits.
About Knowledge Futures
Knowledge Futures, founded as a partnership between the MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab, is a non-profit institution that builds public digital infrastructure that enables communities to publish documents and data more effectively.
About PubPub and the Community Team
PubPub—an open-source publishing platform used by over 3,000 journals, conferences, books, and other diverse publishing communities—offers collaborative document editing, robust academic support, and dynamic content features. We believe that open, collaborative, community-driven tools help researchers focus on their goals and further their work.
The Community Team engages directly with PubPub users and potential users via KF Membership, Content Services, and a range of communications avenues, from help documentation to newsletters to our publication Commonplace. We work as stewards of ideas, collaborating to turn plans into practice and influence cultural change along the way. Our efforts also help shape PubPub, as a platform that is responsive to user needs and requests. In 2022, the Community Services Menu launched, formalizing partnership-based publishing support with offerings that reflect user needs.
About the Role
Lead the execution of Community Services assignments, collaborating with internal teams to ensure projects are completed efficiently and effectively.
Interact and manage communications with publishers, authors, editors, and/or other stakeholders—gaining workflow insights and translating publication objectives into executable solutions on PubPub.
Creatively craft various forms of media, including video abstracts, visualizations, and interactive elements, aimed at enhancing the overall quality and engagement of published technical content.
Identify and showcase exceptional examples of Community Services efforts that push the boundaries of conventional practices.
Stay up-to-date with trends and tools in order to improve the delivery of our services.
Contribute to Community Team goal-setting conversations and brainstorms.
Experiment with and push the boundaries of PubPub to help create models and ideas for users and our team
You have held roles in open scholarly communications (particularly in editorial, production, and/or creative capacities), have a sense of the challenges in the field, and have thoughts on how to bring about positive change.
You’re solution-oriented, communicate effectively, and thrive on engaging with stakeholders across the publication lifecycle. You enjoy shepherding projects from start to finish.
You have a keen eye for detail and are driven to maintain a high level of accuracy, quality, and efficiency.
You’re eager to explore novel techniques and find fulfillment in learning new things to achieve personal and team-wide goals.
You have strong organizational skills to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines effectively, and, importantly, to know when to ask for help or revise the plan when necessary.
You want to work on a team that respects your ideas about the publication process and models that improve scholarship, not just capitalize on it.
You want breathing room to experiment, be thoughtful, and get things right, but without losing sight of an active user base and longer-term goals
Work 4 days per week with a thoughtfully distributed team: we were a remote team before it was a global necessity, and put a lot of effort into making the remote experience a great one. Last summer, we experimented with working 4 days per week (8 hours per day), and never looked back. Learn more about how we work in our
. As it becomes safe to travel and gather again, we are resuming our roughly biannual in-person team retreats at fun locations throughout the U.S., which began with our Vermont retreat in the fall of 2021, NYC “field trip” in spring 2022, and New Orleans retreat in fall 2022.
Enjoy industry-standard perks: a minimum of 5 weeks off per year that we require you to actually use, best-in-class health benefits with generous company contributions, 401k with generous matching, your own computer of choice, a stipend for setting up your home office, and the ability to work 4 days per week, fully remote — with re