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Managing Director of University Press
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
Date Posted
Applications and nominations are invited for the position of Managing Director of Texas Tech University Press. The managing director reports to the Office of the Provost of Texas Tech University.

Texas Tech University Press publishes twenty-five to thirty scholarly and general-interest books annually as well as four humanities journals. It has a full-time staff of eight. Fulfillment and distribution services are handled by the University of Chicago Distribution Center. Its fields of specialization are costume and textile history and conservation; natural sciences and natural history; Southeast Asia and the Vietnam War; Latin American literature and culture; sports history; modern Jewish history, literature, and culture; fiction and creative nonfiction; American legal history; regional history, literature, and culture of Texas, the American Southwest, and the Great Plains. The Press also publishes an invited volume of poetry annually.

The Managing Director will provide leadership in all areas of planning, business management, staffing, and university and external relations. This position will administer activities in fundraising, acquisitions, editing, production, marketing and sales, and distribution of books and journals.

Candidates must be familiar with all aspects of book publishing as well as with the impact of digital technology on scholarly publishing and its application to university press publication. The Managing Director must provide creative solutions to the new challenges of scholarly publishing and assess, redefine, and reposition the press in the evolving field of scholarly communication. The successful candidate must have proven ability to conceptualize, develop, and communicate the intellectual mission and publishing goals of the press; be sensitive to the balance between the needs of scholarship and the demands of the book trade; have the ability to attract and work with a variety of authors and other clients; and possess innovative leadership and management ability, including finance and budgeting skills.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; master’s preferred. Seven years progressively responsible management experience required. Education beyond bachelor’s level may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Desired Qualifications: Ph.D. in a scholarly field. Track record of participation or leadership in the qualitative and quantitative growth of a press. Minimum of five years’ experience in book publishing. Minimum of five years’ experience as a director or senior staff member of a university press. Acquisitions experience.

Located in Lubbock, TX, a city of almost 300,000 on the Southern High Plains, it has a semi-arid climate, situated at 3256 ft. above sea level, with hot summer days and cool nights and a sunny and relatively mild winter. Texas Tech University has an enrollment of 36,000 students in eight undergraduate colleges, a graduate school, a law school, and schools of medicine and related fields. Texas Tech provides a greater number of degree programs than any other university in the state and is one of Texas’ four multipurpose research universities.

The entities of the Texas Tech University System are Equal Opportunity Employers and employ without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or other protected classes.

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