Director of AGB Publications

Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges (AGB)
Washington, DC
Apr 17, 2019
Apr 17, 2019
Full Time
The Director of AGB Publications is responsible for establishing and implementing the strategic vision and operational tactics for all Press functions, including editorial direction, business planning, budgetary oversight, technology applications, book production, distribution and inventory management, and sales. Working collaboratively with authors, staff colleagues, designers, and printers, the Director ensures that the Association's educational outreach to its members is consistent with the highest standards of thought leadership in higher education governance, evinces outstanding quality, leverages multiple delivery and fulfillment channels, and achieves annual revenue goals. Duties Develop annual and long-term strategies for the development, production, and distribution of books, papers, and statements. Develop and monitor the operating budget for AGB Publications. Ensure the publications pipeline is sufficiently filled to achieve or exceed annual revenue goals. Define, administer and direct the work of editorial, design, and production consultants. Identify and cultivate authors, evaluate proposals for new titles, and negotiate agreements with contributors. Edit and work with authors to revise manuscripts for publication. Work closely with the Director of Digital Solutions in creating multiple formats for the distribution of AGB publications, including e-books, PDFs, and web-based publications. Identify governance topics and content for development with appropriate staff from the Best Practice & Innovation and the Marketing & Communications departments. Collaborate with appropriate staff to secure outside funding, including grants and sponsorships, for publications. Stay informed of current higher education trends and governance topics. Stay informed of existing and emerging publications media, and make recommendations for media that are appropriate to AGB members and to the purpose of each project. Qualifications Knowledge of higher education and/or higher education governance. BA/BS required; MBA or other advanced degree a plus. Exceptional editorial and writing skills, including the capacity to critically assess governance-specific written communications, oversee line editing and general copy editing. The ability to operate on both tactical and strategic levels, collaborate with colleagues to develop new and innovative publications. Proven project management skills, with the ability to oversee multiple, complex projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven environment. Proven record in applying good judgment and critical business practices to achieve a sustainable publishing program, including budgeting, sales forecasting, pricing, and cost control. Creativity in developing new publications that align with organizational goals and objectives. Strong management and leadership skills to work with authors and to develop a high performing team. Demonstrated knowledge of the publications industry, particularly in the non-profit sector; experience with e-publications a plus. Ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative team environment with high expectations and competing priorities. Mastery of the Chicago Manual of Style for manuscripts. Excellent oral and interpersonal skills, and strong ethical and professional standards. Minimum of seven years experience in relevant field. Interested? Submit cover letter, resume, and two writing samples. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. Start Date: As soon as possible. Salary: $90K+ (commensurate with experience) AGB provides an excellent benefits package that includes generous leave and retirement plan. AGB is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law. Employment Type: Full Time Years Experience: 5 - 10 years Salary: $90k+ Annual

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