Position Description
Press Texas A&M University Press
Category
Director
Title
Edward R. Campbell '39 Director of Texas A&M University Press

Description

Texas A&M University invites applications for the position of the Edward R. Campbell ’39 Director of Texas A&M University Press. The Press seeks a collaborative, innovative, resourceful, and visionary professional to skillfully manage a scholarly publishing house, navigate evolving models of publishing, and successfully lead the Press into the future. 

Founded in 1974 and headquartered in the John H. Lindsey Building on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas, the Press publishes 50 to 60 books per year for both trade and academic markets.  The Press also publishes for eight Texas A&M System campuses, four other Texas universities, and individual colleges and other entities at Texas A&M University. In addition, the Press provides distribution services for eight Texas-based publishers in the Texas Book Consortium.  

Texas A&M University Press has won more than 500 book awards, including major scholarly awards in all fields in which it publishes; all major Texas book awards; and nationally prestigious awards from the Garden Writers Association, National Outdoor Book Awards, American Library Association Best of the Best, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, National Book Foundation, Western Writers of America, PEN American Center, Army Historical Foundation, and many others.

Reporting to the Dean of the Texas A&M University Libraries, the Director is a member of the University Libraries Executive Team. The Director oversees a budget of $3 million and a staff of 23 full or part-time professionals, as well as interns and student employees.

Responsibilities of the Director include:

Engages in Outreach, Advocacy, and Development  

Represents the Press regionally, nationally, and internationally and is the spokesperson for the Press to the media at publishing events and with professional and scholarly organizations.  Directs and engages the Advancement Board in fundraising strategies and development plans. Seeks out new opportunities for financial support and long term stability. Fosters collaborative funding for publishing opportunities.

Engages in Strategic Planning

Establishes the short term planning and long term vision for the Press.  Identifies and monitors trends in academic publishing for relevancy and positioning of the Press for success and alignment with University mission and values. Engages as part of the University Libraries teams for enhanced collaboration in complementary areas in order to create efficiencies and improve services. Maintains an awareness and understanding of the evolving business and technology aspects of publishing. Engages with institutional members of the Texas Book Consortium through the Press’s role as distributor.

Oversees Operations Management 

Supervises directly and indirectly reporting staff and student employees, including recruiting, hiring, and evaluating performance of department managers. Oversees coordination between departments responsible for acquiring, editing, producing, marketing, and distributing publications and promotes the administrative, business, and technological infrastructure to support their work. In consultation with staff, applies university rules and procedures to Press operations.

Oversees Financial Planning

Responsible for fiscal and budgetary issues associated with the Press, including oversight of the operating budget, financial planning, and fiscal records. As appropriate, collaborates with University Libraries Business Services for contract review and approvals. Seeks new revenue sources and develop fundraising strategies and campaigns for the publishing program.

Establishes Editorial Direction

Responsible for the direction, quality, and size of the publishing program. Works with the Faculty Advisory Committee and Press managers to maintain appropriate standards and ensure the Press is publishing high quality, merited works appropriate to the University, state, and regional audience and to scholarly communities at large.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

  • Ten years of experience in book publishing environment

  • Three years of supervisory experience

  • Experience in financial planning and managing complex budgets

  • Experience with fundraising and/or grant applications

  • Evidence of increased decision-making and administrative responsibilities in career growth

  • Understanding of peer review scholarly publication processes

  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Knowledge of current management practices in creating and maintaining a positive and empowering work culture

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a culturally diverse environment

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree from an accredited college or university

  • Experience in University Press publishing environment

  • Knowledge of issues and trends in publishing, libraries, scholarly communication, open access, data sharing, digital dissemination, social media, and intellectual property

  • Entrepreneurial interest in innovative use of marketing and discovery tools

  • Experience working with college or university libraries

  • Experience in strategic planning, establishing a vision, and leading change

  • Familiarity with background of Texas A&M University, state, or region

 

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values:  Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 68,000 students and 3,200 faculty.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume through the Texas A&M University hiring system, at https://jobs.tamu.edu.  The Posting will be listed as R-022961 Director, Texas A&M University Press.

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2019-09-19