Now Hiring: Digital Initiatives Specialist

Digital Initiatives Specialist

The University of North Carolina Press seeks a metadata and coding specialist familiar with the book publishing industry and experienced in information architecture and UX/UI to help develop digital workflow solutions for our growing academic book and journal publishing program.  

The Digital Initiatives Specialist will work with the Digital Initiatives and Database Director to support the creation, maintenance regimen, and distribution of high-quality metadata for 10k products to more than 50 external channels. The Specialist will also play an important role in the creation of new technologies to meet the evolving metadata, information, and workflow needs of internal and external stakeholders. 


  • Assist with generating, delivering and troubleshooting regularly scheduled metadata distribution.
  • Collaborate with Database Director to resolve complex metadata and workflow challenges in productive and sustainable ways.
  • Assist with validation and reciliation of metadata and file content within and between internal and external databases, including but not limited to Digital Asset Management (DAM) platform, Title Management System (TMS), order fulfillment system, retail and library vendor systems, and Open Access hosting partners.
  • Assist with migration of ONIX and non-ONIX data to new TMS.
  • Help develop taxonomies, tagging, and workflow templates in new TMS.
  • Help develop external software workflows integrated via API with TMS.
  • Assist with developing more efficient Open Access metadata and file delivery workflows in-house and with external partners.
  • Work with the Editorial, Design & Production team to integrate up-to-date ebook accessibility information into TMS, metadata and file distribution workflows, and external partner databases.
  • Work with Sales team to analyze sales data and run reports. 
  • Work with Publicity team to redesign content-heavy WordPress blog. 


  • Strong computer skills in MS Office: Word, Excel required
  • Well organized, highly motivated, flexible, and able to work independently

Technical Skills:  Data analysis using Excel, HTML, CSS, UX/UI, ONIX 3.0 (XML), Java, SQL, Python, API integration, WordPress, FileMaker, Consonance, Microsoft Power Automate, Information Architecture, Database Administration

Education:  Bachelor’s degree preferred with a minimum of three years of related database and programming experience. 

This is a full-time position based in Chapel Hill, NC with some remote work flexibility, reporting to the Digital Initiatives and Database Director. It is supplemented with a generous benefits package that includes 14 holidays, vacation, and sick time, as well as:

  • State Health Plan of North Carolina 
  • NC Flex State Plans – dental, vision, accident, critical care, FSA, and life insurance
  • State retirement program with an employer match
  • Supplemental retirement plans, i.e., 457, 403b and NC 401K 
  • Unlimited access to financial advisors
  • Free book allowance twice per year
  • 37.5-hour workweek

Interested candidates may email their resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the Chief Human Resources Officer, Adele Sommerville at Review of resumes will begin immediately and end when the position is filled.

UNC Press is a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general interest books and journals, affiliated with the University of North Carolina System. For more than a century, the Press has earned the reputation for publishing engaging, enduring scholarship and work that explores important questions, sparks lively debates, generates ideas, and moves inquiry forward. UNC Press prides itself on publishing work that does not merely observe but seeks to understand, to explain, and thereby to improve our world. The Press’s offices are located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the thriving Research Triangle region of North Carolina, which is consistently rated one of the best places to live in the nation. Our publishing perspective is at once local, national, and international, extending from our offices in Chapel Hill across North Carolina and around the globe. To learn more about the Press, visit

UNC Press values diversity, equity, and inclusion in word and deed. The work we publish reflects a commitment to engaging diverse voices and experiences and bringing them to the widest possible audience. Similarly, we value a workplace that welcomes different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision making as we carry out our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.