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Published: Jan. 11, 2019

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Ohio University

Commensurate with practice

Full Time

Job location:
Athens, OH


Ohio University is seeking a talented individual capable of sustaining and growing a complex academic and trade publishing operation. The Director reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and will have broad authority and responsibility for oversight of the strategic development, administration, and fundraising of the Press.

The responsibilities include the following:

leadership abilities
The Director leads the development and implementation of the Press' strategic and operational plans. They will look for and encourage the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to further its mission in academic publishing. They will seek to identify long-term publishing trends and position the Pres to engage future opportunities and challenges.

The director will support and strengthen the capacity of the Press personnel and their access to financial resources and infrastructure to manage and support their work and mission. This includes the recruitment and supervision of personnel, securing and monitoring financial and other resources, and managing the distribution partnerships of Ohio University Press and Swallow Press.

The Press is composed of nine full-time and two part-time staff members. Five to ten Ohio University students provide additional support

The Director will work with an acquisitions editor, a permissions and acquisitions administrator, and series editors to identify and acquire 45 to 50 significant, competitive, and thought-provoking academic and trade titles per year. They will aim to grow existing series in addition to securing and developing manuscripts in new areas, series, and concentrations. They will maintain and seek new partnerships with academic departments and centers at Ohio University and other institutions. They will serve as Executive Editor on book series connected with the Ohio University Center for International Studies.

The Director will supervise the marketing, publicity, sales, and licensing of print and electronic books. They will guide and supervise the Press's foreign rights programs and co-publishing agreements.

Fundraising and Advocacy
The Director will develop university-wide, national, an international connections-through faculty, authors, customers, vendors, donors, and others-to increase the standing of the Press. In cooperation with the University Advancement office, they will create fundraising strategies and campaigns for the Press.

Advisory Board and Committees
The Director works with the Vice Provost for Academic Affair to recommend and invite Ohio University faculty and administrators to serve on the Ohio University Press and Swallow Press Publications Advisory Boards.

The director will work closely with deans, administrators, and other university leaders to maintain an consciousness of the Press's scholarly mission and to develop and implement strategies that align the press with the University's academic mission and priorities.

This position is located on Ohio University's main campus in Athens, Ohio. This quintessential college town is located along the Hocking River and was voted by the readers of USA Today as one of the best small college towns in the United States. Ohio University is the largest employer in Athens County, and much of the local economy depends on tourism and events related to the University, through local restaurants, stores and hotels (

This great college town has helped the University's tremendous growth over the last 15+ years. The student enrollment increased by 41 percent from 2003 to 2013 and this growth continues today because of excellent educational and research programs and innovation, as well as strong support services and a tremendous alumni base.

The prosperous candidate will:

• Possess a bachelor's degree and preferably a graduate degree.
• Demonstrate an exceptional capability to collaborate and communicate with a broad range of constituencies: academics, publishing and business professionals, higher-education administrators, alumni and donors, etc. Candidates must have a superior track record of leading and motivating a team of professionals in a collaborative, friendly, and results-driven environment.
• Possess a keen sense of business and management of resources to identify and implement innovative business models and strategies. Candidates must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the challenges of running a production-oriented business and a sensitivity to operational details.
• Demonstrate an knowledge of manuscript acquisition and development located on direct practice with publishing, preferably academic publishing. Candidates must show they can work with acquisitions and series editors to develop lists and publishing programs. Prior practice working effectively and creatively in those areas is a plus.
• Possess practice working and interacting with governing boards, peer review committees, and other volunteer leaders.
• Have practice working with both university advancement and alumni relations.

About Our  
Employer :

Incorporated in 1947, Ohio University Press is the oldest scholarly press in Ohio. Information technology publishes 40 to 50 books every year and, with its trade imprint, Swallow Press, keeps over 1,400 titles in print.

Ohio University Press is a leading publisher of scholarly and trade books about Africa, Appalachia, and the Midwest. Information technology also supervises an expanding list of fiction and poetry titles, ranging from the work of acclaimed authors like Anais Nin and Janet Lewis to that of contemporary authors from Kentucky to Cape Town.

Many of its books are developed and distributed in partnership with other US and international institutions. The Press maintains relationships with a worldwide network of publishers, book distributors, and rights agencies.

The Press is an integral part of Ohio University. From the University's main campus in Athens, the Press contributes to raising the national and international scholarly profile of the University and increases Information technology value, impact, and presence in the state and region by aligning with its strategic priorities.


Ohio University (OHIO) was chartered by the state of Ohio in 1804 and is the oldest university in Ohio and the Northwest Territory. Located in the scenic Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio, its classic residential campus is one of the most attractive in the nation. The charm of tree-lined brick walkways on the University's College Green makes you feel as if you are at a small college rather than a large university. The University's total enrollment of just over 36,000 students and its more than 1,000 faculty are located on the main campus, and on seven regional campuses and centers in Southern and Central Ohio, Dublin and Cleveland, as well as in its e-learning programs. Ohio University is a comprehensive research university with the largest osteopathic medical school in the state and 10 other colleges that offer over 250 degree undergraduate and graduate degree programs. An active and engaged campus yields more than 5,000 alumni with each graduating class, giving Ohio University 200,000 alumni worldwide.
Ohio University is rich in academic distinction and innovation and community engagement. Through its local, national, and international connections with a network of institutional and industry partner and alumni, the University is contributing to social change, new learning, and novel technologies with lasting positive impact.
Ohio University seeks to foster a dynamic and welcoming environment for academic excellence rooted in a strong regional culture, the beauty of its campus and its natural environment, and the diversity of its people

Professor Joseph McLaughlin


The University invites letters of nomination or expressions of interest to be submitted to Professor Joseph McLaughlin, Co-chair of the search committee, to

Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until an adequate pool is established, or until the appointment is made. Information technology is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to January 31, 2019. Please send application materials to:

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