Vanderbilt University Director, Vanderbilt University Press in Nashville, Tennessee

Director, Vanderbilt University Press (Job Number: 1801728)


About the Role

Vanderbilt University is seeking a dynamic, innovative, inspiring, and forward thinking leader to serve as our next Director,Vanderbilt University Press . It is an exciting time at Vanderbilt as the university looks to expand its publications while creating unique collaborations and identifying opportunities to advance its approach while building on a history of success at the university press. The next Vanderbilt University Press leader will have a proven track record in managing, generating new ideas and approaches, embracing technology and collaborations, and developing a list of strong titles in order to facilitate Vanderbilt becoming a leader in the university and small press space.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives, the director will be responsible for all aspects of the successful operation of the university press.

Specificresponsibilities and oversight includes :

  • Lead and inspireteam to create thought-provoking scholarly publications while aligning thepress with Vanderbilt’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 Press-widestrategic goals, systems, policies, and procedures.

  • Attend local,regional, and national meetings and serve as an engaging and passionateambassador of the press and the University; stay up-to-date regardingchanges to technology, media, and trends in the press and independentpublications space including electronic publishing and POD and implementstrategically, effectively, and as appropriate.

  • Oversee an editorial, production, andsales/marketing team to execute the press’ long-term goals; acquire andreview book manuscripts, obtain reports from scholarly referees andpresent them to the editorial committee for approval, and advise authorson development of manuscripts; negotiate contracts with authors, agents,publishers, and other outside bodies.

  • Establish andmaintain effective relationships with the editorial committee, media,foundations, and key stakeholders around the region and nation; cultivateand steward financial support and subsidies from donors, foundations, andother sources to offset publishing expenses.

  • Oversee editorialworkflow, publishing procedures, and transparent management and budgetaryprocesses; lead preparation of annual operating budget and overseefinancial management to ensure fiscal stability; institute sound businesspractices and maintain budgetary integrity.

  • Conduct ongoingand long-range production and budget planning with a focus on mission andmarket, including publishing in new media and business models; managepress operations overseeing staff in acquisitions, editing, sales,marketing, and publicity; receive and cultivate academic titles that aremission-aligned, and that support a coordinated strategy for growth,impact, and risk-management.

Requirements of an ideal candidate

  • Bachelor’sdegree in a relevant field and at least 5 years of progressiveexperience, including successful management experience within the media orpublishing industries isrequired; an advanced degree is preferred

  • Demonstratedability to craft a vision for the press, including shaping an editorialprogram and formulating business plans is required; experience managing a department or press,with a proven record of effective communication, staff supervision, andbudget expertise, as well as sound judgment in editorial, marketing,fundraising, and sales isnecessary

  • Demonstratedability to conceptualize, communicate, and implement the intellectualmission and publishing goals of an independent press is necessary

  • Demonstratedability to develop creative solutions to the challenges posed by changingmarkets and new technologies; and knowledge of trends and current issuesin academic publishing, including electronic publishing andprint-on-demand is stronglypreferred

  • Superiororganizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and theability to articulate and present information to various and diverseaudiences is necessary

  • Demonstratedcommitment to inclusive practices in all aspects of the work undertaken bya University Press isnecessary

  • Acommitment to customer service and a “can-do” attitude is necessary

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 25200 - University Press

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action