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Director, University of Calgary Press

Company Name University of Calgary
Location Calgary
Date Posted July 29, 2014
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


Libraries and Cultural Resources is currently seeking a Full-time Regular Director, University of Calgary Press.

Reporting to the Vice Provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and University Librarian, the Director of the University of Calgary Press works collaboratively with the Chair and members of the University of Calgary Press Editorial Board.  This position requires a thorough understanding of the trends, challenges, and opportunities in the rapidly changing environment of scholarly communication. The Director works in close collaboration with colleagues in the Centre for Scholarly Communication to explore emerging technologies and new forms of publication, to create and enhance services that support digital scholarship and academic publishing for researchers on campus, and to advance the practices and reputation of the University of Calgary Press.

Founded in 1981, the University of Calgary Press (UC Press) is an award-winning press committed to the advancement of scholarship through the publication of high-calibre monographs. Since its origins, the Press has published over 400 books and currently publishes up to 20 titles annually. The Press has distinguished lists in Arctic and Northern studies, contemporary Canadian art and architecture, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and African studies. In addition to these subject areas, the Press has several other series underway: The West; Energy, Ecology and Environment; Canadian History and Environment; Beyond Boundaries: Canadian Defence and Strategic Studies, and Cinemas Off Centre.

In addition to print books, the Press embraces open access publishing. The Press published its first open access book in 2010 and strives to publish new titles concurrently in print, open access PDF and other digital formats. It is currently engaged in a program to create open access PDFs for many of its backlist titles.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Provide leadership and operational management for the UC Press staff
  • Develop and administer a publishing budget to ensure financial viability and long term growth
  • Develop project plans for each manuscript and ensure that production costs can be met
  • Maximize available funding through well-prepared and focused grant applications as well as effective fundraising
  • Develop and implement successful collaborative ventures that enhance the reputation of the University of Calgary Press
  • Build and maintain long-term relationships with partners with whom there is mutual financial benefit
  • Negotiate, prepare and administer author and editor contracts, agency agreements for a suite of publishing services, as well as distribution and co-publishing agreements
  • Collaborate on joint initiatives with the University of Alberta Press and Athabasca University Press
  • Pursue and select the manuscripts to be assessed by the Editorial Board, working with the Board to ensure a planned flow of manuscripts
  • Continue to expand and develop the digitization initiatives of UC Press to produce leading edge electronic publications
  • Successfully publish over 20 high quality manuscripts annually in print and electronic formats for both scholarly and trade markets
  • Ensure that tailored, creative and innovative marketing strategies are developed for each publication to maximize the sales revenue
  • Develop and implement new strategies to maximize the sale of front and back list titles
  • Qualifications / Requirements:
  • A minimum of five years of progressively more responsible experience in publishing
  • A bachelor’s degree, although a graduate degree in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or another area relevant to the scholarly publishing program of the Press is a significant asset
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, communicate, and implement the intellectual mission and publishing goals of an academic press
  • Knowledge of current and emerging publishing technologies and proven innovation and effectiveness in their use
  • An understanding of the needs of scholarship and the demands of the academic and trade publishing environment
  • Proven effective leadership, management, and strategic-planning skills
  • Strong communication and negotiating skills
  • Demonstrated experience in working successfully with a diverse range of people and interests, building consensus and support for a publishing program
  • A commitment to fostering and expanding the Press’ international outreach
  • Substantial experience in successful management of financial aspects of scholarly publishing is a significant asset

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin August 26, 2014. The posting will remain open until filled.

To apply please visit the University of Calgary’s career opportunities page; www.ucalgary.ca/careersuofc. Job Opening ID #6155.

This position is classified in the Management Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. (Salary range $105,600-$169,000)

The University’s of Calgary’s comprehensive benefits and pension program is designed to promote a productive level of health and well-being to staff members through coverage for health, dental, life insurance, income protection for diability, and retirement income planning. To learn about our comprehensive benefits package please visit http://www.ucalgary.ca/careersuofc/staff/health-wellness.

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university’s Gaelic motto, which translates as ‘I will lift up my eyes’. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.