Position Description
Press University of Texas Press
Journals Manager


The Journals Manager will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Journals department at UT Press. UT Press currently publishes thirteen academic and professional peer-reviewed journals, some managed for outside scholarly societies and/or sponsoring university departments.

Essential Functions:

General Management:Serve and provide leadership on the Press management team. Establish efficient goals and direct work processes for Journals Division customer service, subscriptions and sales, print and electronic production, warehousing and fulfillment, marketing, subsidiary rights, accounting, and journal acquisition. Supervise a staff of four(full time), including conducting performance evaluations, fostering professional development, and handling other human resource issues as appropriate.

Finance and Budgeting:Experience with financial planning and budgeting, and developing strategies for financial stability. Prepare and monitor annual Journals Division budget which includes revenue from subscription sales, single copy and single article sales, licensing content, advertising sales, and mailing list rentals. Set subscription rates for various classes of subscribers for print and electronic content. Monitor all expenses and approve expenditures. Annually assess financial goals.

Business Development:Develop new revenue sources such as new options for disseminating content and expanding customer base. Explore techniques and strategies for effective use of the Press website. Renegotiate contracts and licenses with vendors as needed. Keep informed about technological developments and trends in the publishing industry and the evolving digital marketplace. Attend national professional meetings and maintain contacts with academic publishing colleagues.

Relations with Academic Societies/Sponsors/Editors:Build and maintain positive relationships with society board members, sponsors, and journal editors. Keep societies and sponsors apprised of the status of their journals and prepare annual conference reports detailing finances, circulation, online usage, and marketing efforts conducted during the year. Prepare other reports to societies and sponsors as requested. Work with societies and journal editors on general problem solving.

Acquisitions:Define qualitative and financial standards for peer-reviewed journal acquisitions. Evaluate prospective journals, prepare financial projections, complete proposals, and negotiate contracts with societies, sponsors, and/or journal editors. Respond to inquiries from outside journals, including both casual expressions of interest and formal Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Marginal/Incidental functions:

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications:

Bachelors degree. Five years of professional level experience in scholarly publishing. Excellent organizational, written, and communication skills. Supervisory experience. Experience using word processing, spreadsheet, and database software for business functions. Experience preparing budgets. Familiarity with established professional standards in peer review, editing, typesetting and composition, printing, electronic publishing, customer service, and distribution. Familiarity with digital and offset printing, workflow processes in editorial and production, content delivery on the internet, and the website as a primary marketing tool. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Three years of experience in scholarly journals publishing, with at least one year in a supervisory or management position. Experience writing contracts. Experience in a paid subscription journals program. Experience with press-owned and contract journals. Experience with the acquisition, production, and marketing of scholarly journals. Experience working with online publishing platforms and content aggregators.

Working conditions:

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Climbing of ladders Lifting and moving.

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