Position Description
Press Louisiana State University Press
Director of LSU Press


Louisiana State University (LSU) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the LSU Press. The responsibilities will include engaging the community as the public face of the LSU Press; working with the editor in chief of the Press to maintain book acquisitions, including strategic and editorial direction; serving as publisher of The Southern Review; managing the staff of both units; setting and monitoring operating budgets and ensuring units remain within those budgets.

The Director, who reports to the Senior Vice Provost, provides leadership and vision, and directs all aspects of operations: planning, acquisitions, production, marketing, sales, distribution, budgeting, financial management, and fundraising. The Director should be experienced, creative, and a visionary committed to upholding the scholarly principles of academic publishing while advancing innovation and evolving technology. The Director will be a creative leader in scholarly communication, ensuring and enhancing the Press’s high editorial and production standards, and aggressively marketing and promoting the Press’s publications.

 Bachelor's degree.
 Experience managing a department or press, with a proven record of effective communication, staff supervision, and budget expertise, as well as sound judgment in editorial, marketing, fundraising, and sales matters.
 Creative and innovative thinking in current position with a demonstrated ability to multitask and display professionalism under pressure.
 Demonstrated deep knowledge of all aspects of academic book publishing—finance, operations, editorial, marketing, and production.
 Deep knowledge of current trends in scholarly communication and new models for publishing, disseminating, and promoting scholarly work.
 Ability to manage and motivate a team of professionals and to establish and maintain productive working relationships with other departments of the University, authors, scholars, reviewers, vendors, and colleagues.
 Effective communication and excellent interpersonal skills.

Preferred Requirements:

 A minimum of approximately 10 years in scholarly or trade publishing
 Experience with contracts and knowledge of publishing elements (copyright, permissions, subrights).
 Demonstrated success at fundraising and in seeking out and implementing publishing partnerships.
About LSU Press: Founded in 1935, LSU Press quickly established itself as one of the nation’s outstanding scholarly presses and continues to garner national and international accolades, including four Pulitzer Prizes. For more than 80 years, LSU Press has published significant works of scholarship and literature. Over half of the books published remain in print around the world. LSU Press is a nonprofit book publisher dedicated to the publication of scholarly, general interest, and regional books. An integral part of LSU, the Press shares the university’s goal of the dissemination of knowledge and culture. LSU Press is one of the oldest presses in the South and among the outstanding publishers of scholarly books in the country. It holds membership in the Association of University Presses, the largest organization of scholarly publishers in the world.
LSU Press publishes works of scholarly, intellectual, and creative merit, and exists to disseminate knowledge. Publications must undergo rigorous assessment by outside scholars and receive the favorable recommendation of the University Press Committee, a group of distinguished faculty. Additionally, as the largest publisher in Louisiana, the Press takes seriously its mission to promote the achievements of our state and region and to educate readers about their history.
Also founded in 1935, The Southern Review is one of the nation’s premier literary journals, publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary essays, and visual art. It is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.
For more information and to apply, visit: https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/LSU/job/0318-William-P-Johnston-Hall---Office/Director-of-LSU-Press_R00020718-1