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Program Analyst for Scholars & Scholarship, Association of Research Libraries, District of Columbia, D.C.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) seeks an exceptional colleague to advance the Association’s advocacy, scholarship, and policy agenda. The program analyst will be a member of ARL’s Scholarship and Policy Team, which advances a portfolio of public policy and institutional initiatives to achieve equitable and barrier-free access to information, and support new forms of scholarship. ARL is a collective of leading libraries and archives in Canada and the United States. The Association has a proven record of accomplishment in law and public policy, most notably in copyright and intellectual property; digital information access; diversity, equity, and inclusion; accessibility; privacy; and open scholarship. This position presents a unique opportunity to work on some of the leading research and professional practice questions of the Information Age, in close collaboration with higher education and scholarly communities and with the ultimate aim of advancing the research enterprise and equitable and enduring access to knowledge. The program analyst will report to the senior director of scholarship and policy, and will work closely with the director of information policy, the ARL executive director, the ARL Board of Directors, relevant ARL committees and task forces, and ARL members.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Track global open science and open scholarship developments and work with the ARL membership to lead and partner in these developments.
  • Work with other research, higher education, information technology, and library organizations on institutional and public policy issues that arise from new and emerging practices in research, teaching and learning.
  • Represent and advance the Scholars and Scholarship program with key partners, allies, and joint ventures to advance program objectives, particularly as they relate to the broader mission of scholarly communication, information stewardship, and publishing.
  • Lead key initiatives and task forces of the Scholars and Scholarship Committee.

Required Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in library or information science or related field (e.g., public policy, public administration, or social sciences.)
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a cultural memory institution, academic publishing, or other scholarly organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong record of written work and/or public speaking.
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated record of collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience working in a research library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with US and/or Canadian research funding agencies.
  • Experience in open science, open scholarship, or digital scholarship.
  • Understanding of academic and scholarly publishing.

About the Association of Research Libraries:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at

Other Information:

ARL is an equal opportunity employer, and is firmly committed to providing opportunities for outstanding persons of every race/ethnicity, gender, creed, and background. ARL encourages applications from candidates who thrive in diverse and inclusive environments.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. ARL offers competitive benefits including medical and dental insurance, sick leave, 22 days of vacation, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

How To Apply:

The original job posting can be found here. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately, and the posting will remain open until filled. To apply, qualified applicants should submit a letter outlining interest and relevant experience, a résumé, and fill out the application form found here. With questions about the position, contact: Judy Ruttenberg, senior director of scholarship and policy ([email protected]).