University Press of Florida

University Press of Florida
2046 NE Waldo Road
Suite 2100
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 392-1351
(800) 226-3822
Fax: (352) 392-7302

University Press of Florida
Position #18572

The University Press of Florida seeks an innovative, resourceful, and skilled leader able to sustain and grow a dynamic academic and trade publishing program that includes 85 new book titles per year, 7 journals, and several imprints. The successful candidate for Director will be capable of expertly charting a course for the Press that maximizes opportunities and overcomes the challenges of the complex and continuously changing scholarly communication and publishing ecosystem. The Director will reflect the Press’s and University’s commitment to create the broadly diverse environment necessary to foster multicultural skills and perspectives.

Overseeing a professional full-time staff of 32, as well as part-time and student employees and freelancers, the Director is responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Press and all activities, including acquisitions, editorial, production, marketing, distribution, and business functions for books and journals publishing. The Director of the University Press of Florida is the Chief Executive Officer of the Press and reports to the President of the University of Florida, and their designee, the Provost, who represents the Council of Academic Vice Presidents.

Responsibilities of the Director include:

Strategic Planning
The Director is responsible for the short-term planning and long-range vision for the Press. The Director will seek and cultivate new and sustainable initiatives and identify long-term trends in academic publishing in order to position the Press and its publishing program for success. Working with the Editorial Advisory Board, the staff of the Provost’s office, the Council of Academic Vice Presidents, and a management team of associate and assistant directors at the Press, the Director will develop and implement strategies that align the Press with the State University System of Florida’s mission to foster research, enhance scholarship, and disseminate knowledge in a diverse state and global society.

Editorial Direction
The Director is responsible for the direction, quality, and quantity of the publishing program, including individual books, book series, journals, and other publications. The Director works with the Editorial Advisory Board, the editor-in-chief, and a team of acquiring editors and assistants to maintain appropriate peer review standards and ensure the Press is publishing competitive works of high scholarly merit and value to the state of Florida.

Operations Management
The Director oversees the management, staff recruitment, and coordination of each department at the Press responsible for acquiring, editing, producing, marketing, and distributing books and journals; and ensures for the appropriate administrative and technological infrastructure to support their work and the mission of the Press. In consultation with managers and staff, the Director determines and implements Press systems, policies, and procedures.

Financial Planning
The Director is responsible for the fiscal operations of the Press, including financial planning, execution of budget plans, and maintenance of financial controls and records. The Director establishes guidelines for print runs and pricing and controls the cost of manufacturing, warehousing, and personnel. When appropriate the Director will seek new revenue sources and develop fundraising strategies and campaigns for individual books and the Press’s overall publishing program. The Director is responsible for all financial decisions for the Press.

Advocacy and Outreach
The Director represents the Press regionally, nationally, and internationally and is the spokesperson for the Press for the 11 universities in the State University System of Florida and their units, including schools, departments, libraries, institutes, and centers. The Director represents the Press to the media and at publishing events and in front of professional bodies and scholarly organizations. The Director is in frequent contact with authors, prospective clients, vendors, other press directors, faculty, state officials and agencies, university officers, members of General Counsel’s office, and potential funders. The Director develops and fosters these connections to increase the presence of the Press and its publishing program.

The successful candidate will possess the following credentials and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and six years managerial experience in book publishing, or Bachelor’s degree and eight years managerial experience in book publishing;
  • Demonstrated leadership in academic publishing;
  • Proven financial and managerial acumen in complex organizational settings, including university press budgeting;
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly research and communication, libraries, publishing, digital dissemination, open access, and intellectual property;
  • Complete awareness of peer review, the publishing process, and related efforts;
  • Imagination and ambition to discover new ideas for books and journals, and for new marketing and discovery tools;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work collegially, inspire confidence and trust, and maintain a positive and empowering work culture;
  • Experience with fundraising and/or grant applications is also desirable.

The position is located at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The University of Florida was ranked #8 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges Rankings. Located in north central Florida, Gainesville is the nation’s first Butterfly City and has twice been voted one of the best places to live in America. It is home to award-winning restaurants, exceptional museums, championship-winning college athletics, and thriving cultural and music scenes. The beaches on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are close enough for a day trip and the central Florida theme parks are less than two hours away.

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