SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (www.arl.org/sparc), is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to promote a more open and equitable system for sharing the results of research. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries in 1998, SPARC is a catalyst for change. It’s pragmatic focus is to leverage digital technology to promote the sharing of research results – from Open Access to research articles, to Open Data to Open Educational Resources.
SPARC works in collaboration with a broad group of stakeholders – including researchers, universities, funders, federal agencies, commercial ventures and students - to advance the conduct and communication of research, accelerate the pace of discovery, and fuel innovation. Our programs focus on educating stakeholders about challenges and opportunities in the scholarly communication arena, and advocating for policy changes explicitly recognizing that communication is an essential, inseparable component of the research process, that works together to maximize the distribution of results.
SPARC is widely recognized as a leader in advocating for federal policies (in the U.S. as well as internationally) that support these goals. The Director of Policy and Federal Relations will be responsible for working with the executive and legislative branches of government, contributing to the development of policy priorities, and providing leadership, planning, management and oversight in meeting the organization’s public policy priorities. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director will coordinate and implement strategies, tactics, messaging, and communications to support the organization’s policy objectives. – less