Essential Functions: JOB PURPOSE:Plans, manages and oversees 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. Reports to Vice President and Chief of Staff.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Work with University Development and Alumni Affairs and the Press's Board of Visitors to create, refine, and execute an overall development plan for the University Press. Seek and secure subsidy funding for books, series, and the overall publishing program from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Plan 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 14 within 7 departments: Administration (includes Rights & Permissions and Technology), Acquisitions, EDP, Marketing and Sales, Journals, Business, and Order Fulfillment/Warehouse. Hire and provide training of Press departmental managers.Prepare and oversee annual $2.3M budget and long- and short-range financial and programmatic planning, for print and digital formats. Represent the Press at appropriate meetings, conferences, and events to increase visibility and develop relationships with potential partners, authors, donors, and reviewers. Serve as key spokesperson for the University Press both within and outside the University.Negotiate and sign contracts with authors, editors, distribution partners, and vendors. Cultivate relationships with state and local organizations, foundations, and individuals to create partnerships, collaborate on projects and events, or secure funding.Perform other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications: EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in Business, Management or a related field from an accredited college or university. Advanced degree preferred.EXPERIENCE:Expert (established subject matter expert, 7+ years experience).7 years of increasing decision-making, administrative and supervisory responsibility in a publishing environment. 5 or more years experience in acquisitions, development and promotion of academic titles. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:-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 of issues and trends in publishing, libraries, scholarly communication, open access, data sharing, and intellectual property.-Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills: demonstrated ability to work collegially; to write and speak effectively; to inspire confidence and trust; to navigate intercultural differences with understanding and skill; to and to maintain a positive and empowering work culture. -Ability to articulate a vision and provide forward-thinking strategic direction in a rapidly changing publishing environment; ability to set clear direction, delegate work, and manage workflow. Strong mentoring and coaching skills. Ability to foster teamwork among staff members. -Financial and managerial acumen, including experience with University Press or equivalent budgeting and financial reporting. 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. -Understanding of major challenges currently facing university presses. Ability to develop alternative approaches and ideas; ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Imagination and entrepreneurial vision. -Ability to develop strategies to achieve organizational goals; prioritize and plan work activities; adapt for changing conditions; design and streamline processes as necessary. -Ability to measure outcomes against those estimated or planned; analyzes reasons behind delays or errors and changes procedures accordingly, where possible.
Internal Number: 76_208080
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.