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Executive Director
Princeton University Press
New York City
Date Posted
The Association of American University Presses ( seeks an Executive Director to serve as the chief operating officer of the Association, and provide visionary leadership to the organization and its constituent members. The position is based in the AAUP New York City office, and the successful candidate will start spring 2013. The position reports to the AAUP Board of Directors.
The AAUP Executive Director represents the university and nonprofit publishing community worldwide to the book industry, scholarly organizations, and government agencies, and is the primary liaison between the Association and its member presses. The Executive Director is charged with forging strong relationships among its members and addressing their collective and individual concerns and problems as proactively as possible.
The Executive Director will develop a broad vision for the future of the Association and recommend to the Board programs and appropriate courses of action that derive from that vision. While being forward thinking, the person in this position must also implement daily activities and oversee a staff of five to realize measurable short-and long-term goals.
The Executive Director acts as spokesperson for the Association; oversees preparation of the annual budget and direct its implementation; develops and implements a fundraising strategy; identifies emerging trends and technologies and works with individual member presses to ensure they have the necessary information to succeed in today’s publishing environment; supports the activities and initiatives of the established Committees; and serves as an advocate and resource for all members of the University Press community.
BA or equivalent, MA degree preferred; 10 years publishing or scholarly communication experience; 5 years experience creating and managing budgets; 5 years management experience; excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong public speaking abilities; deep knowledge of the digital publishing environment and an affinity for new communications technologies; ability to deal effectively with members, government leaders, the press, and the public
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