Position Description
Press Purdue University Press
Director, Purdue University Press


Director, Purdue University Press

West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University seeks a highly motivated and forward-thinking publishing professional to lead Purdue University Press (http://press.purdue.edu). The new Director will establish and implement the editorial vision for the Press. Working with Press staff, Purdue faculty, and other leaders across the academic landscape, the director will publish books and journals that change the conversation in humanities and STEM fields. In doing so the Press will enhance its already superb reputation as a beacon of scholarship and serve as a worthy ambassador of Purdue University.

As the Press is part of Purdue University Libraries, the new director will also oversee the library publishing-focused Scholarly Publishing Services (SPS), which solicits, curates, and disseminates scholarly content created within the University. The Press and SPS work synergistically and afford unique opportunities for the new director to deepen faculty connections, mine new projects from local scholars, and provide an invaluable service to faculty, students, and the global community of learners.

Reporting to the dean of Libraries and serving as an integral member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team, the Director will lead a staff of 11 that currently publishes 25-30 titles annually, with a backlist of over 450 titles, in fields ranging from aerospace and aeronautics, Jewish studies, business, veterinary sciences, engineering education, and the humanities. The Press also publishes 15 journals, both subscription-based (e.g., Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies distributed in print as well as online through Project Muse and JSTOR) and open access (e.g., the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning). The new Director will bolster the editorial team and will acquire 10-12 titles annually in fields of interest in addition to providing leadership to all areas of the Press.


  • Lead and inspire the Press staff to create thought-provoking scholarly books and journals.
  • Acquire 10-12 titles annually in domains of interest.
  • Align the publishing strengths of the Press with academic fields of excellence at the University.
  • Chair quarterly meetings with the Faculty Editorial Board to evaluate new projects.
  • Be a tireless advocate of the Press to faculty, authors, customers, vendors, and industry colleagues.
  • Participate as a member of the Libraries leadership team, providing insight and perspective to advance shared goals.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the Press to achieve growth while hewing closely to the Press mission.
  • Lead the SPS team and look for ways to optimize the provision of scholarly content to the Purdue community and beyond.
  • Attend local, regional, and national meetings and serve as an engaging ambassador of the Press, the Libraries, and the University.
  • Stay apprised of changes in technology to optimally serve the Press and SPS.



  • Bachelor's degree, advanced degree highly preferred
  • Minimum of five years of progressively more responsible experience in publishing
  • Experience managing a budget to ensure financial viability and long-term growth
  • Project management expertise
  • Experience in negotiating, preparing, and administering author and editor contracts, agency agreements for a suite of publishing services, and distribution relationships
  • Demonstrable success in developing and implementing collaborative ventures and long-term relationships with partners with whom there is mutual benefit
  • Experience in pursuing and selecting manuscripts to be assessed by the Editorial Board
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative leadership skills
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in scholarly communications
  • Understanding of editorial, production, sales, and marketing roles
  • Knowledge necessary to expand and develop digital initiatives


  • Post-graduate qualification in publishing, business, or a field related to the publishing programDemonstrated track record of achievement in editorial acquisitions
  • Experience of publishing in science, engineering, or related STEM fields
  • Demonstrated understanding of the missions and functions of a large research library
  • Record of successful grant management

Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/), located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the historic Wabash River valley, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. A comprehensive research university renowned nationally and internationally for its programs in engineering, science, agriculture, and business, the University has over 40,450 students and 16,400 employees. Purdue is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTTA). Purdue has the fourth highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with 9,255 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students in 2016.

The greater Lafayette area (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) provides diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities.

“Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.” From Nondiscrimination Policy Statement, Purdue University http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/ea_eou_statement.html.

A competitive salary is provided. Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability, and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner. Purdue University is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Relocation funding will be available and discussed on a case-by-case basis. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

NOTE: Purdue University Libraries has exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates (www.jackfarrell.com) to find the winning candidate for this position. Interested candidates should provide a resume by email to Jack Farrell (jack@jackfarrell.com). Thank you.