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Director, New York University Press

New York University Press was founded in 1916 and is located in Manhattan’s historic and vibrant Greenwich Village.  Since its founding, the Press has successfully reflected the intellectual vitality of New York University. That vitality now includes NYU’s Global Network University, a multi-site network that encompasses key global cities and intellectual capitals. The network has three degree-granting campuses - New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi - complemented by twelve additional academic centers across five continents.

Within that unique environment, the Director provides leadership and vision for NYU Press and directs all aspects of its operations, including planning, acquisitions, production, marketing, sales and distribution, and budgeting and financial management. With a staff of 26, the Press publishes 110 new books and 24 paperback reissues a year in the humanities and social sciences, and handles the marketing, sales, and distribution of Monthly Review Press and the Clay Sanskrit Library.

Reporting to the Dean of NYU Division of Libraries, the Director will be a creative leader in scholarly communication, ensuring and enhancing the Press’s high editorial and production standards, aggressively marketing and promoting the Press’s publications domestically and internationally, innovating in digital scholarly publishing and marketing, and working with the Libraries’ and University leadership to further the mission of the NYU Press as a vital academic program of the University.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Propose, create, and manage new co-publishing partnerships with both external organizations as well as University-based centers and academic programs
  • Direct and manage the Press Faculty Advisory Board consisting of both faculty and senior university administrators.
  • Negotiate and oversee contracts and relationships with warehousing and distribution vendors, both domestic and international.
  • Direct and manage fundraising for the Press, including creative grant and subsidy proposals, new ventures, and the Press Endowment Campaign
  • Maintain strong liaison with members of the University Leadership Team, Provost and Vice Provosts, Deans, Department Chairs, senior finance officials, and leading faculty.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in book publishing with at least 5 years at a senior-level executive in the industry or related field.
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge of all aspects of academic book publishing – finance, operations, editorial, marketing, and production.
  • Experience publishing electronic books, as well as experience using digital media to market and promote publications.
  • Demonstrated success at fundraising and securing major grants.
  • Deep knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication and new models for publishing, disseminating, and promoting scholarly work.
  • Ability to manage and motivate a team of professionals and to establish and maintain productive working relationships with other departments of the University, authors, scholars, reviewers, vendors and colleagues.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • University press publishing experience a plus but not required.

NYU offers a superior benefit package that includes reduced tuition for self and eligible family members, generous vacation, medical, dental, and retirement plans.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to David Kornacker, Senior Vice President, Bert Davis Executive Search at dkornacker@bertdavis.com.

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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