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Director of the Bucknell University Press

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Academic Affairs, Other

Bucknell University Press (founded 1968), an introductory member of the Association of University Presses, partners with Rutgers University Press. BUP publishes c. 28-30 titles per year in English and American literature (particularly eighteenth-century studies), Iberian studies, Latin American studies, memoirs, and a broad range of work in the humanities including environmentalism, race, culture, film, and history. BUP publishes 10 different book series through the work of series editors both on campus and based in other universities. BUP is vitally connected to various Bucknell institutions, supports the scholarly ecosystem on campus, and seeks the advancement of Bucknell faculty, as well as the professionalization of students through internships.

The Director of the Bucknell University Press is the executive officer as well as the chief commissioning / acquiring editor of the Press. The Director is responsible for the overall administration and successful operations of the Press, including the creation and maintenance of a vibrant publishing program.

Responsibilities and duties include:
• Leading and managing the publishing endeavor in all its aspects.
• Establishing the strategic vision, priorities, and goals for the publishing program and collaborating with internal and external constituencies to implement and manage.
• Chairing the editorial board to evaluate new projects.
• Overseeing the Press’ current book series and establishing priorities in conjunction with their editors.
• Hiring, supervising, and providing guidance to the Press staff including student employees/interns.
• Effectively collaborating with the partner press to manage all aspects of the publishing program and develop new book series.
• Overseeing the budget, budget planning, and financial performance of the Press.
• Developing relationships with donors to generate an endowment for the Press and funding for particular projects.
• Overseeing marketing of BUP books and determining print and digital advertising policy and choices, as well as BUP presence on campus.
• Collaborating with designers and overseeing the design work undertaken by BUP.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• 5 years of experience in scholarly publishing
• Proven track record of applying good judgment and business practice to a publishing program
• Budget management and project management experience
• Experience in pursuing and selecting manuscripts for evaluation
• Experience in fund raising and proposal writing
• Demonstrated ability to successfully collaborate with partners across institutions, departments, and individuals in an academic setting
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Prior supervisory experience
• Specialization in humanities or qualitative social sciences fields

Preferred Qualifications:
• Post-baccalaureate degree
• 7-10 years of experience in scholarly publishing

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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