Linda Cameron is leaving University of Alberta Press after 16 years of impressive work during which she applied what she learned while studying for an MSc in Information Management from Lancaster University (UK). Linda is looking forward to travelling, more volunteer work, spending time with her gorgeous grandsons and reading books for pleasure. The search is now on for someone to fill Linda’s very big shoes. Interested? Ever wondered what a Director of a University Press does for a living? Here’s the job description:
Director and Publisher, University of Alberta Press
The University of Alberta Libraries seeks a dynamic and innovative Press Director and Publisher to provide intellectual, strategic, and operational leadership and direction to the University of Alberta Press. The Press is a contemporary academic press that publishes in both print and electronic formats and supports the University of Alberta’s areas of research focus: humanities and fine arts; society and culture; science and technologies; energy; environment; food and bioresources; and health and wellness.
The Press annually publishes up to 20 titles per year for a global community of scholars, policy makers, opinion leaders and reading publics. Strategic goals of the Press include emphasis on developing new publishing processes and means of dissemination for Indigenous and Northern knowledge and research.
Reporting directly to the Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian, the Press Director and Publisher will support the mandate and mission of the Press by publishing important peer-reviewed scholarship, regional non-fiction, and creative works by Canadian and international authors; seeking and supporting development of scholarly work in broad and established fields as well as in specialized and emerging areas of research; extending the reach and influence of the University of Alberta and the Province of Alberta by making evident the commitment to research, creativity, and dissemination of knowledge for the public good.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Developing and implementing a vision and strategic goals for the Press, along with conceiving and enhancing services that support authors, digital scholarship and academic publishing, including open access publishing; developing strategic relationships and enhancing the reputation of the Press and the University of Alberta through excellence and innovation in publishing and scholarly communications
- Publishing books and related scholarly materials that advance scholarship, research and teaching for the public good; working in partnership with the Press Committee to respond to scholarly directions and contribute substantively to the development and dissemination of new knowledge in the Press’s defined areas of publication
- Managing and providing leadership to Press staff in accordance with University policy and collective agreements
- Ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in business and financial operations; developing and monitoring financial plans and directing financial operations in accordance with University policy; preparing successful grant applications and pursuing fund-raising opportunities in accordance with University policy and practices
- Ensuring adherence to best production values, the highest editorial standards and technological currency in editorial and production processes
- Overseeing creative, innovative, and effective marketing and distribution practices that maximize awareness of authors and their scholarship, and sales of both frontlist and backlist titles; seeking new markets and means for global promotion and distribution of University of Alberta Press publications
The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus. The university has more than 275,000 alumni worldwide. The university and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.”
The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree and five or more years experience in academic or commercial publishing, along with:
- An entrepreneurial outlook and skills base that allows for innovative and creative perspectives on development, acquisition, publication, marketing, and distribution in scholarly publication and new directions in scholarly communications
- An understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the evolving scholarly publishing marketplace, including new forms of publication, services, and technologies that support digital scholarship
- Recognized leadership and management skills and success in strategic planning
- Superior verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated facility with financial planning and management in the publishing environment and financial literacy
- Ability to influence the course of the Press and development of the industry through advocacy and negotiation with diverse internal and external agencies
- Understanding of and respect for academia and the role and significance of scholarly publishing for the public good
In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer (APO) Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at www.hrs.ualberta.ca. Effective July 1, 2017, the annual salary range will be $84,361 to $140,601. A market supplement of up to $10,000 may be available. The position is located on the main (North) campus of the University of Alberta (T6G 2J8).
When applying please include your curriculum vitae and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2017. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.