Publisher/Director (Administrative Executive Officer) - The Feminist Press at CUNY
- Job Class: Managerial and Professional
- Job ID Number: 7510
- Department: The Feminist Press at CUNY
- Location: The Graduate Center
- Closing Date: MAR 6, 2013
Founded in 1970, the Feminist Press at the City University of New York is the longest-running non-profit educational feminist literary publisher in the world. In these times of rapid change for publishing, fund-raising, and feminism, the Feminist Press has established itself as a singular voice in movements for gender equality and social justice. It continues to be an activist press, serving the women's studies movement by publishing excellent, "lost" literature by women, in part for the collegiate curriculum, and publishing original works by current feminist writers from around the world for a diverse general readership. See www.feministpress.org
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director/Publisher is responsible for the publishing program, its budget, its staff, and its relations with the City University of New York and the wider public. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the Press's operating budget is fully supported by a combination of earned income, in part from the sale of books and rights, and in part from individual donations, events, and grants. The Director needs to be knowledgeable about e-book technology and sales, and all forms of social media With regard both to increasing sales and to implementing strong fund-raising, the Director needs to offer both a vision and a strategy for getting there.
- Sustain, develop, and implement the Feminist Press's publishing program, using electronic and other marketing strategies to maintain earned income as half the budget.
- Lead and manage the development programs of the Feminist Press so as to bring in half the required budget.
- Oversee the daily operations of the Feminist Press, including the recruitment of staff members and interns.
- Supervise professional and support staff.
- Administer the finances of the Feminist Press in collaboration with the Board of Directors.
- Report to and work with the Board of Directors on governance issues.
- Communicate effectively with the varied constituencies of the Feminist Press, important among them other CUNY groups and institutions.
- Enhance strategic and intellectual relationships with feminist and women¿s/gender studies communities and other social justice organizations.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- As a senior staff member in a Campus or University Executive's office, leads unit initiatives, participates in planning and setting priorities, and drives strategic initiatives to ensure their success.
- Participates in planning and in setting policies with responsibility for preparing aspects of strategic and operational plans. Participates in developing and executing performance management systems to evaluate progress.
- Works with other Campus and University units to oversee complex, high-priority projects, with responsibility for outcomes.
- Represents the Executive in Campus or University-wide activities and may act in his/her place when required.
- Independently carries out major responsibilities under the Executive's purview, such as monitoring and evaluating unit activities, financial planning and review, serving as chair of key committees, and communications with senior Campus or University management.
- May serve as Chief of Staff of a large Executive Office.
- Performs related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's Degree and eight years' relevant experience required.
- Excellent literary taste and editing, writing, and/or marketing skills and experience in book publishing or elsewhere
- Experience with e-book technology and sales, web-marketing and all forms of social media
- Experience securing foundation and corporate support, funds from individual donors and from organizing fundraising events
- Knowledge of feminism, women's studies, and Feminist Press books used in classrooms and libraries and sold in bookstores
- Ability to work with the Board of Directors to develop annual budgets, three-year plans and forecasts, as well as oversee the annual audit, manage cash flow, legal compliance, investments, and other balance sheet issues
- Ability to manage and budget for a small team of professionals and staff
- Demonstrated success as a creative thinker and spokesperson, and thus able to attract authors and donors to the organization's programs
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
How To Apply
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