Position Description
Press Purdue University Press
Journals and Serials Strategic Manager



This new role will be part of a new leadership team in the Press and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Purdue University Libraries. Reporting to the director of Purdue University Press (PUP) and head of Scholarly Publishing Services (SPS), and working with the other strategic managers reporting thereto, the Journals and Serials Strategic Manager oversees the retention, publication, and management of all journals (with journals broadly defined to include all serial publications by PUP and SPS, including select annual or recurring conference proceedings). In collaboration with the Press Director and other managers, the Journals and Serials Strategic Manager takes the lead on strategic planning for PUP/SPS journals and serials; fosters an environment of continual innovation and process improvement; contributes to the success of others; and facilitates beneficial change in the division. In addition to direct reporting responsibility of project editors who work on journals and serials for PUP/SPS, the Journals and Serials Strategic Manager has indirect reporting responsibility of all managers and staff who work on journals and serials, as the Journals and Serials Strategic Manager is charged with ensuring that all journals and serials published by PUP and SPS receive the best services. This role offers the successful candidate the opportunity to take full ownership of a swiftly growing journals program and to inform the trajectory of such a program in an innovative press that sees publishing differently.

This position has a limited duration of three years with continuation dependent upon additional funding. Benefits do apply.




  • Bachelor's degree in English, Literature, Communication, Humanities, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, or related field.
  • Three or more years of work experience with modern publishing best practices, including those related to scholarly articles, conference proceedings, and/or journals.
  • Experience in supervising, mentoring, and developing in-house personnel, as well as in managing relationships with freelancers and vendors.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing projects; superior organizational, project, and time management skills.
  • Superlative written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure while paying close attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage own time efficiently and delegate tasks effectively.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) and Adobe applications (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).




  • Master's degree in the Humanities or STEM field or MBA.
  • Five or more years of relevant professional experience in scholarly journals publishing.
  • Experience in modern publishing production techniques, including journal and e-content design and production.
  • Experience working with scholarly societies or editorial boards of journals. Experience in strategic planning.
  • Experience in coordinating all aspects of journal production and manufacturing.
  • Experience estimating costs and reviewing publishing contracts.


Additional information:

  • This position has a limited duration of three years with continuation dependent upon additional funding. Benefits do apply.
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position.

For consideration, submit a résumé and apply online for this staff position at: www.purdue.edu/careers and reference Job Number 1602662 (optional more direct link: http://purdue.taleo.net/careersection/wl/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1602662).

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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