Essential Functions: JOB PURPOSEPlan, manage and oversee all aspects of the operations of the Wayne State University Press, a mid-sized, urban university press that supports the university's core research, teaching, and service mission by publishing new high quality scholarly and general interest books and journals. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSPlan and administer the overall mission and operation of the Press. Work with managers and staff to design and implement Press systems, policies, and procedures.Develop and maintain short-term and long-range Press-wide strategic plans. Work with managers and staff to meet the Press's goals.Supervise a staff of 17.5 within 7 departments: Administration (includes Rights & Permissions and Technology), Acquisitions, EDP, Marketing and Sales, Journals, Business, and Order Fulfillment/Warehouse. Prepare and oversee annual $2.2M budget and long- and short-range financial and programmatic planning, for print and digital formats.Serve as key spokesperson for the University Press both within and outside the University.Represent the Press at appropriate meetings, conferences, and events to increase visibility and develop relationships with potential partners, authors, donors, and reviewers.Seek and secure subsidy funding for books, series, and overall publishing program from individuals, foundations, and corporations.Negotiate partnerships with local and regional organizations to distribute titles and collaborate on projects and events.Negotiate and sign contracts for content published by the Press, distributed titles, and licensing agreements.Actively acquire manuscripts in one or more areas of the Press's program.
Qualifications: EDUCATIONBachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Advanced degree preferred.EXPERIENCECandidates should have 7 years of increasing decision-making, administrative and supervisory responsibility in a publishing environment; at least 5 years of acquisitions experience or experience with the development and/promotion of academic titles; knowledge of issues and trends in publishing, libraries, scholarly communication, open access, data sharing, and intellectual property; ability to manage and motivate a team of publishing professionals, and to establish and maintain productive working relationships with the university's administration, faculty and staff, press editorial board members, authors, scholars, reviewers, publishing colleagues, and community members. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIESCOMMUNICATION SKILLS: Ability to speak and write clearly, persuasively, and professionally and to model effective communication strategies for staff members. LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Ability to set clear direction, delegate work, and manage workflow. Strong mentoring and coaching skills. Ability to foster teamwork among staff members. BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE: Awareness of innovations and knowledge of norms in scholarly publishing. Thorough knowledge of protocols and standards for publishing and distributing scholarly and high-quality general-interest books, as well as trends in digital publishing and distribution. PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS: Ability to develop alternative approaches and ideas; ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS: Ability to develop strategies to achieve organizational goals; prioritize and plan work activities; adapt for changing conditions; design and streamline processes as necessary. RESULTS ORIENTED: Ability to measure outcomes against those estimated or planned; analyzes reasons behind delays or errors and changes procedures accordingly, where possible.
Internal Number: 76_206321
About Wayne State University
Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. Wayne State?s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over nearly 200 acres; its five extension centers offer higher education to people throughout Southeast Michigan. Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in. Reflecting its location and the excellent international reputation of its graduate schools, particularly in the sciences, Wayne State boasts the most diverse student body among Michigan?s public universities. Its students represent 49 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.