The University of Georgia Press seeks a talented, dynamic, and experienced leader for the position of Director. The Director serves as the chief executive officer of the Press with responsibility for developing and executing strategic, programmatic, and financial plans that ensure the continued success of the organization. The Director supervises all Press departments and major programs, including acquisitions; editorial; design and production; marketing and sales; business and distribution center; fundraising; and subsidiary rights and electronic publishing. Additionally, the Director serves as one of three members of an executive committee for the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the country’s first online-only state-focused encyclopedia. The Director reports to the University Librarian and Associate Provost.
The successful candidate will lead a Press that has realized a surplus in income during the past two fiscal years and is on track to finish FY12 with its best sales total to date. The director will benefit from a talented, energetic, and dedicated staff, as well as existing relationships with many key publishing partners and organizations around the state and beyond. The Press has a well-developed fundraising program in place with a highly supportive Advisory Council and an impressive and engaged faculty Editorial Board.
Founded in 1938, the University of Georgia Press is the largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 24 publishing professionals, the Press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has over 1,500 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African American studies, southern studies, and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of geography, urban studies, international affairs, and security studies.
Because it is affiliated with a land-grant institution that is the flagship university in Georgia, the Press has a long-standing commitment to publishing books about the state and region, including natural history field guides and other heavily illustrated works. It is also a long-time publisher of creative writing through books published in conjunction with the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, and other literary competitions and series. The publishing program has been nationally recognized, and in recent years a number of books published by the Press have won major awards.
The Press is committed to exploring new forms of scholarly communication and digital publication. The Press serves as a founding partner of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, partners with the Digital Library of Georgia to re-release Georgia history titles online, and has agreements with commercial distributors to facilitate electronic sales and print-on-demand.
UGA Press is part of the University of Georgia located in Athens, an hour northeast of Atlanta. Currently housed off-campus, the Press offices will be moving into the UGA Libraries’ Ilah Dunlap Little Memorial Library, which is located on UGA’s historic North Campus. Athens offers a nationally recognized music scene, great restaurants, a local food movement, and a vibrant downtown area with independently owned businesses. For more information about the Press visit www.ugapress.org.
Qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree and seven years’ significant and progressively responsible management experience in academic publishing. Demonstrated ability to craft a vision for the Press, including shaping an editorial program and formulating business plans. Requires knowledge of all aspects of book publishing; 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. Demonstrated success in fundraising from private and public sources strongly preferred.
Full description of duties and qualifications: www.libs.uga.edu/humres/jobs/faculty.html
Information about Athens, Georgia and the community: http://www.libs.uga.edu/athens/index.html
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their letters of application, complete résumés, and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Jan D. Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Human Resources Coordinator, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia 30602-1641. Screening will begin on January 28, 2012, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Electronic applications are preferred.
The University of Georgia Libraries values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented minority candidates. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.