Position Description
Press University Press of New England
Director, Brandeis University Press



Brandeis University​ - renowned for ​it​s​ academic excellence and groundbreaking research – has an exciting opportunity for a talented and experienced Director, University Press.

The Position:

This role will oversee the strategic and operational aspects of Brandeis’s University Press as we look to build upon a decades-long history of success and a reputation for critically acclaimed publishing in the humanities and social sciences and cutting-edge publishing in the field of Jewish Studies.

Examples of Key Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement and sustain the overall editorial program of Brandeis University Press and ensure the overall efficiency of the publishing program. Conduct ongoing and long-range production and budget planning with a focus on mission and market, including publishing in new media and business models; manage press partnerships, support a coordinated strategy for growth, impact, and risk-management.
  • Oversee editorial and production services, publicity,  marketing, sales, and distribution partners to execute the press’ long-term goals; acquire and review book manuscripts, obtain reports from scholarly referees and present them to the editorial committee for approval, and advise authors on development of manuscripts; negotiate contracts with authors, agents, publishers, and other outside bodies
  • Oversee editorial workflow, publishing procedures, and transparent management and budgetary processes; lead preparation of annual operating budget and oversee financial management to ensure fiscal stability; institute sound business practices and maintain budgetary integrity.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the editorial committee, media, foundations, and key stakeholders around the region and nation; cultivate and steward financial support and subsidies from donors, foundations, and other sources to offset publishing expenses.
  • Work effectively with a team of faculty editors to acquire and develop thought-provoking scholarly publications, aligning the press with Brandeis’s areas of academic and institutional excellence; act as a tireless advocate of the press to faculty, authors, customers, vendors, and industry colleagues; develop and maintain strategic goals, systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Attend local, regional, and national meetings and serve as an engaging and passionate ambassador of the press and the University; stay up-to-date regarding changes to technology, media, and trends in the press and independent publications space including electronic publishing and POD and implement strategically, effectively, and as appropriate.
  • Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s/ PhD degree preferred plus 5-8 years experience

    Demonstrated ability to craft a vision for the press, including shaping an editorial program and formulating business plans is required; effective communication and budget expertise, as well as sound judgment in editorial, marketing, fundraising, and sales is necessary;

    Ability to conceptualize, communicate, and implement the intellectual mission and publishing goals of an independent press is necessary; ability to develop creative solutions to the challenges posed by changing markets and new technologies; and knowledge of trends and current issues in academic publishing, including electronic publishing and print-on-demand is necessary.


    How to Apply:

    Submit cover letter and resume as a single document at
    http://www.brandeis.edu/humanresources/jobs/external.html. Elect option for "New Applicant". Sort the job listing by clicking the Job ID column heading. Locate the desired job listing. Click the job title and then Apply Now.


    Closing Statement:

    Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. Toward that end, it is essential that Brandeis be free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law (also known as membership in a "protected class").

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