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Director – CEU Press

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Salary: €75,000 + Benefits

Central European University Press is searching for a new Director to oversee the business. CEU Press currently publishes 25 new titles a year in both print and digital formats. The Press publishes in the Humanities and Social Sciences, with an emphasis on history, political science, economics and gender studies.

The Press is part of the Central European University, the leading English language speaking university in Central Europe, established nearly 30 years ago by the philanthropist, George Soros. The CEU has been extremely successful, consistently in the top echelons of the major rankings for new universities. It is the most successful university in the region in winning large-scale EU research grants in HSS subjects.

This is an exciting new role that will shape the next phase of growth for the Press.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute the mission and operation of the Press in conjunction with the senior leadership team of the University
  • Develop an editorial vision and strategic plan for the Press
  • Manage the small staff of 5.5 FTEs
  • At least double the turnover of the Press over the next five years through a mix of print and digital sales and fees for Open Access.
  • Continue with the two-year Transition Plan that began in February 2020 to modernise the Press’s infrastructure
  • Take over a new Open Access library programme (launching this year) and keep in close contact with OA stakeholders
  • Champion the Press both inside and outside of the University
  • Prepare and oversee annual budgets and five-year plans in conjunction with the University’s CFO and the Rector
  • Represent the Press at meetings, conferences and events.
  • Increase visibility with potential partners, authors and media
  • Work with the Editorial Director on the editorial vision, list development and planning for and conducting Editorial Committee meetings
  • Negotiate and agree contracts with authors, editors, distribution partners, and vendors
  • Hire and provide training for Press staff
  • Work with various university departments including the Development Office to strengthen the financial and reputational base of the Press
  • Develop relationships with state and local bodies, foundations and individuals to create partnerships, collaborate on projects, and secure external funding. Identify opportunities to work with OSUN (Open Society University Network)  

Skills & Experience:

  • BA from an accredited university. An advanced degree would be an advantage
  • At least 10 years in academic publishing, ideally in a number of different positions
  • At least 7 years of experience in acquiring, developing and promoting scholarly titles
  • Knowledge of and interest in the issues and trends in scholarly publishing, libraries, scholarly communication, open access, data sharing, and intellectual property.
  • Proven ability to manage, motivate a team and outsource as and when necessary
  • Understanding of modern marketing techniques including social media
  • Comfortable with all aspects of digital technology and digital publications
  • Understanding of the finances of university press publishing
  • Ability to maintain productive working relationships with the university’s administration, faculty and staff, press editorial board members, authors, scholars, reviewers, colleagues, and community members.
  • Ability to articulate a vision and provide forward-thinking strategic direction in a rapidly changing publishing environment.
  • An understanding of the major challenges facing small scholarly presses today, such as title acquisition and author management, technology integration, and the need for effective staff and organisational development.
  • Strong communications skills, and ability to work well in an international culture
  • Good writing and speaking skills in English. A second language, especially German would be an advantage
  • Entrepreneurial vision to find and support new ideas for books, book series
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