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Director, Brookings Institution Press
The Brookings Institution
Washington DC
Date Posted
The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions. Established in 1916, Brookings analyzes current and emerging issues and produces new ideas that matter - for the nation and the world.

Brookings seeks to fill the position of Director, Brookings Institution Press.



The Director provides leadership for the Brookings Institution Press, the scholarly publishing arm of the Institution, and manages all aspects of the operations of the Press, including planning, editorial, acquisitions, production, marketing, sales and distribution, and financial management. The Press publishes 40 to 50 new books a year in economics, government, foreign policy, development and urban affairs; and distributes a similar number of new books published by about 20 other policy research institutions. The Director is expected to be an innovative leader in scholarly communication, to establish and maintain the Press’s high editorial and production standards, to aggressively market and promote the Press’s publications domestically and internationally, to advance the development of electronic scholarly publishing and marketing, and to work with the Institution’s leadership to further the key role that the Press plays in well producing and widely disseminating the highest quality independent research to achieve impact among appropriate audiences.


Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. A minimum of 10 years experience in book publishing or related field, with at least 5 years in a senior administrative position. Demonstrated experience publishing electronic books and journals, as well as experience using electronic media to market and promote publications, highly desirable.


In-depth knowledge marketing content; familiarity with current trends in academic and electronic publishing technologies; openness to exploring new models for publishing, disseminating, and promoting scholarly work; effective communication and interpersonal skills; ability to manage and motivate a team of publishing professionals and to establish and maintain productive working relationships with other departments of the Institution, scholars, authors, reviewers, vendors, and publishing industry colleagues.


75% Directing Operations
• Oversee the editorial functions of the Press, working with authors and research directors as well as staff editors and freelancers to ensure high editorial quality and timely production of works.
• Manage the acquisition of manuscripts by authors not on the Brookings staff, identifying appropriate projects, putting them through the internal and external peer review and financial analysis processes, and negotiating authors’ contracts.
• Supervise the design and production processes for print and electronic works, including conventional and digital printing, file preparation for electronic versions, and digital asset distribution; negotiating contracts with a wide range of vendors.
• Oversee the marketing and publicity efforts of the Press, including the increasing use of electronic media.
• Supervise the sales efforts of the Press for both print and electronic versions of works, including direct-to- consumer sales as well as through conventional wholesale and retail outlets, online vendors, and a variety of e-book distributors; manage the Press’s array of international sales arrangements.
• Negotiate and oversee contracts with warehousing and distribution vendors, both domestic (currently Hopkins Fulfillment Services for books and Sheridan Press for journals) and international (e.g., NBNI in the UK).
• Manage the subsidiary rights activities of the Press, including contracts for translation rights, and represent Brookings Institution Press at appropriate international book fairs such as the annual Frankfurt Book Fair.
• Oversee the operations of the Brookings Bookstore, including the sale of books by Brookings scholars published by other presses and the sale of institutional logo items.
• Develop appropriate co-publishing relationships with university schools of public policy (e.g., Harvard Kennedy School and the Ford School of Public Policy) and other research organizations (e.g., Behavioral Science and Policy Association).
• Recruit appropriate client presses for distribution by the Press, negotiate contracts, and oversee the relations with these presses.
• Actively represent and promote the interests of the Press within the Institution, the scholarly community, and the publishing industry.

25% Planning, Budgeting, Financial Management

• Develop and implement strategic, long-range, and near-term plans for the Press, working with other departments and programs of the Institution as appropriate, ensuring that the Press is playing its role in the overall plans of the Institution.
• Supervise the annual budgeting process for the Press, actively monitor financial results against budget, and make revisions as needed.
• Recruit and direct Press staff, ensuring proper training and good communications within the Press, and between Press staff and the rest of the Institution.
• Serve as a source of information about copyright questions within the Press and, as needed, for others in the Institution.
• Review and sign off on all Press contracts, invoices, royalty and client press payments, and other financial matters.

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. No phone calls please. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities.

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