PositionThe Director

Society for Scholarly Publishing
Omaha, Nebraska
Jul 18, 2021
Aug 07, 2021
Position Type
Dean / Department Head
Full Time
Organization Type
The University of Nebraska has exclusively retained Jack Farrell & Associates (www.jackfarrell.com) to find its next Press Director. Interested candidates should contact Mike Bennett (mike @jackfarrell.com). Thank you.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its Office of Research and Economic Development invite nominations and applications for the position of Director of the University of Nebraska Press. Established in 1941, the University of Nebraska Press is one of the largest university presses in the Big Ten and is among the largest state-sponsored university presses in the country, with more than 45 staff, annual sales exceeding $6 million and an active backlist of over 4,500 titles. In 2020 the Press published 160 titles and 30 journals. The Press is a distinguished publisher of the history, literature, and culture of the American West; Native American and Indigenous Studies; European history; Jewish Studies, bible and bible commentary; anthropology; literary and cultural studies; sports history; literary nonfiction, fiction, and translations.
The PositionThe Director provides leadership for all aspects of the Press, including the quality of its publications. The successful candidate will have an in-depth understanding or substantial professional experience in publishing and management. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of academic scholarly publishing, as well as general interest publishing including new trends and technologies in publishing such as Open Access, audiobooks, consolidations, etc. Fundraising experience and the ability to develop internal and external partnerships are highly desirable. The Director reports to the UNL Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development and works closely with a faculty advisory board. The position is based in the Press offices in Lincoln, NE and relocation assistance is available to the winning candidate. Qualifications
A bachelor's degree plus a minimum of eight years' experience working for a university press, a well-established literary press, or literary journal required. A combination of education, experience and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.

The successful candidate will possess the following characteristics:
  • Have an understanding of the strategic, financial and editorial aspects of running a scholarly nonprofit press;
  • Prior success in leading and managing a press or publishing unit; ability to lead a seasoned management team, to solve problems, and to cultivate creative thinking among staff in all functional areas;
  • Demonstrated experience using the most modern practices for publishing, marketing and people development;
  • A strong commitment to and record of results in building a diverse and inclusive team;
  • Ability to motivate and engage staff in planning and accomplishing strategic goals;
  • Ability to establish rapport with university administrators, university academic departments, and leaders of other key university units such as the university libraries;
  • Evidence of fundraising and development success; experience writing grant proposals and supervising funded projects.
About the University
Chartered by the Nebraska Legislature in 1869, UNL is the campus of the University of Nebraska system that serves as both the land-grant and the comprehensive public research university for the state of Nebraska. It works cooperatively with the other three campuses and central administration to provide for its student body and all Nebraskans the widest array of disciplines, areas of expertise, and specialized facilities of any institution within the state. The university enrolls 26,000 students and has nearly 6,300 faculty and staff.

Nebraska is listed in the Carnegie Classification system as a research university with very high research activity, is one of the nation's leading public teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant- funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. The university is amember of the Big Ten conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and was fully accredited by the HigherLearning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2017.
About Lincoln
UNL is located in a vibrant and safe city of nearly 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. Lincoln is the state capital, and most Nebraska state agencies and offices are located here, as are several United Statesgovernment agencies.

Dominant industries are education, government, health care, banking and insurance, and rail and truck transport. Lincoln also has a growing technology sector and was recently featured in national news as the "Silicon Prairie." Agriculture and manufacturing are also key employers. The state government and the University of Nebraska are both large contributors to the local economy and constitute approximately a quarter of the city's economy. Lincoln's unemployment rate is 2.9 percent.

Lincoln boasts a highly educated workforce that is attractive to business expansion and new business development. The median age in Lincoln is 32.8. The West Haymarket project, which has developed since2014 has spurred rapid growth associated with several large organizations, including Hudl, a technology firm started by graduates of UNL's Jeffrey S. Raikes School, and Olsson, an engineering and architecture firm.The university's partnership with the city and private groups in redeveloping a former rail yard into a sports and concert arena has sparked renewed interest in housing, retail and other activities within walking distance of the city campus.

With the most parkland per capita in the nation, an extensive (and growing) bike trail network, many diverse employment opportunities, and a low cost of living, Lincoln is one of the fastest growing metro areas in theMidwest, yet still boasts an easy average commute time of 18 minutes door to door. The median home value in Lincoln is $182,800. Lincoln home values have risen 7% over the past year.

The airport is located 10 minutes from downtown, with a much larger airport located in Omaha, 50 miles away. Lincoln lies adjacent to Interstate 80, which crosses the entirety of Nebraska.

Lincoln's cultural offerings are robust and varied; many are associated with the University, including a professional regional symphony orchestra, the many touring artists appearing at the Lied Center forPerforming Arts, jazz clubs, professional theatre, chamber music concert series, independent film, modern dance, and active church choirs. The Glenn Korff School of Music and the Johnny Carson School ofTheatre and Film alone present more than 300 performances annually. The city boasts architecture by I.M.Pei and Bertram Goodhue, and is home to the Sheldon Museum of Art, designed by Philip Johnson and housing an extensive and world- renowned American art collection. The university's International QuiltStudy Center and Museum, designed by Robert A.M. Stern, houses the largest publicly held collection of art and historic quilts in the world.

Restaurants run the gamut of American and ethnic cuisine, there are many small independent coffeehouses, and the spring brings to the city multiple farmers' markets and their bounty of organic produce.

The Lincoln Public Schools are among the best in the nation and include several high school focus programs in arts and humanities, business, technology, and science. The latter focus school operates atLincoln's Children's Zoo. The district has opened a dedicated Career Academy to offer students experiences in trades and occupations. Lincoln High School, the city's oldest public high school is the home to an International Baccalaureate Program, and all of the high schools offer advanced placement courses. Lincoln also hosts several parochial school systems.

In addition to UNL, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, Southeast Community College andPurdue Global offer higher education opportunities in the city.

Learn more about life in Lincoln
The university offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successfulcandidate's background and experience. This position is a full-time 12-month administrative appointment.

Further information regarding the University of Nebraska Press may be found at:https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. UNL is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and included. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation.

See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

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