Director, The University of Texas Press

Austin, TX

Director, The University of Texas Press
The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin seeks a visionary leader to serve as Director of The University of Texas Press (UT Press) as it writes the next bold chapter in its proud history. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Director is responsible for establishing the strategic vision for the organization and leads and manages the day-to-day operations of the Press. The Director will be based in Austin, Texas in close proximity to the UT campus.

The Director provides overall executive leadership of UT Press. Among the critical functions of the position are:
Function 1: The director is responsible for establishing the strategic vision for all Press functions and leads and manages the day-to-day operations of the Press with eight direct reports and a total staff of 37. Responsibilities include editorial direction, business development, budget planning and control, technology applications, production, marketing, and distribution which includes a warehouse. The Director will liaise with all stakeholders in a highly collaborative fashion. (60%)
Function 2: Direct and manage fundraising for the Press, including the creation of innovative grant and subsidy proposals. Manage and direct the UT Press Advisory Board, including membership composition, advocacy and outreach functions, and targeted fundraising efforts. (10%)
Function 3: Work with and maintain strong connections with University administrators and faculty to further the mission of UT Press as a vital program of the University. Actively represent and promote the interests of the Press throughout the University which includes ongoing communication of the institutional value and accomplishments of the Press. Work in partnership with the administration to insure the Press receives funding that adequately supports the publishing program. Actively promote the Press to the academy and the publishing industry more broadly. (20%)
Function 4: Be a creative leader in scholarly communication, ensuring and enhancing the Press's history and legacy including its high editorial and production standards. Aggressively market and promote the Press's publications domestically and internationally, both print and digital. (5%)
Function 5: Monitor the rapidly evolving publishing environment, explore emerging alternate forms of publishing, and align the Press with the best practices found among university presses nationwide, while preserving and enhancing the Press's reputation for scholarly rigor and quality. (5%)

The University seeks an experienced and visionary leader with significant financial acumen to lead UT Press into the future. Candidates should have a proven track record of success in the industry and in collaborating with a diverse array of disciplines and stakeholders. Among the required and preferred qualifications are:

Required Qualifications
Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 10 years of experience in book publishing with at least four years as a senior-level executive in the industry.
Demonstrated deep knowledge of all aspects of scholarly and general interest book publishing including finance, operations, editorial, marketing, and production.
Experience using digital media to market and promote publications.
Deep knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication as it relates to the publishing, dissemination, and promotion of scholarly work.
Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with other departments within the University and campus publishing partners, as well as with authors, scholars, reviewers, vendors, and colleagues.
Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and database systems.
Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications
Advanced degree with more than eight years of increasingly responsible managerial experience in book publishing.
Experience publishing electronic books.
Demonstrated capacity to apply good judgment and sound business practices to achieve a sustainable publishing program.
Ability to create and monitor budgets.
Evidence of fundraising success.
Evidence of the ability to develop and manage staff in diverse functions to produce a cohesive whole.
Evidence of the application of innovative thinking to publishing challenges.

The University of Texas at Austin has exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates to support recruitment of this position. Jack Farrell, Managing Director, is leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process. A full position prospectus is available at

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