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Press Naval Institute Press
Director, Naval Institute Press


Job Title:            Director, Naval Institute Press




Established in 1898, the Naval Institute Press is the book-publishing division of the U. S. Naval Institute and has been a member of the Association of University Presses since 1949. The core of the offerings are guides and textbooks of interest to Sea Service professionals serving in or supporting the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Naval Academy, and ROTC units around the country.

After World War II and during the Cold War, and especially in response to the interests of the World War II and Baby Boom generations, our list expanded to include significant contributions in military and naval history, military and naval biography, reference works on the world’s ships, aircraft and weapons, as well as reprints of the classics of naval literature.

In the 1980s, The Hunt for Red October and Flight of the Intruderits first two novels, became New York Times bestsellers and the basis for feature films. Recent bestsellers include Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayedwhich was produced as an ABC television miniseries, and SEAL of Honor: Operation Red Wings and the Life of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN. In 2013, the Naval Institute Oral History Program was reestablished as a part of the Press.

In 2018, its 120th year, the Press cast its net wider, appealing to different and younger audiences, with the launch of Dead Reckoning, a graphic novel imprint, and a partnership with the video game producers at World of Warships.

The Naval Institute Press publishes some eighty books and oral histories each year in multiple formats. The Press employs 18 staff members with a budget of nearly $5M and is located in Beach Hall, on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

Reporting to the CEO/Publisher, the Director, Naval Institute Press is responsible for all facets of the business process attendant to Naval Institute Press book publishing in support of the mission of the Naval Institute.



1) Serves a member of the Executive Staff, providing strategic direction and leadership 

ü  Works with Board of Directors on issues related to the Naval Institute Press

ü  Serves on the Executive Team of the Institute representing the Press and participating in the discussion of all matters of the Institute

ü  Works with Naval Institute Foundation to coordinate fund-raising support

2) Sets the Goals, Strategy and Resource requirements for NIP Business

ü  Prepares the annual forecast and budget for NIP

ü  Establishes and executes Naval Institute Press production schedules, budget, personnel matters, business systems, and general publishing operations

ü  Working with the CEO/Publisher, sets the editorial vision, direction, and quality control for NIP

ü  Working with the CEO/Publisher and Naval Institute Press team, conceives, creates, and markets specialty titles that address the affinities and loyalties of the Naval Institute’s constituents

ü  Determines outsource requirements, selects vendors and works Naval Institute Press contracts

ü  Directs the acquisition focus based on mission support, constituents’ interests and needs, and the Naval Institute strategic and execution plans

ü  Signs contracts for approved publications

ü  Directs the acquisition, editing, design, composition, and manufacture of 60-80 new titles per year

ü  Oversees the selection and reprinting of more than 100 titles per annum

ü  Supervises the pricing, packaging, and discounting of Naval Institute Press books and products and directs promotion, publicity, exhibit, and sales efforts in support of Naval Institute Press books and products, approving catalogs, cover designs, and ads

ü  Maintains and controls inventory levels/disposes of excess inventory as required

ü  Responsible for Naval Institute Press book distribution operations

ü  Oversees the sales of subsidiary book rights to domestic and foreign markets

ü  Supervises the granting of rights and permissions fees for use of material from Naval Institute Press books and products


Manages 7 subordinate supervisors (Deputy Director; Director, Sales & Marketing; Director, Professional Publishing; Managing Editor; Managing Editor for Digital Content; and two acquisitions editors), Executes supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the policies of the Naval Institute and applicable laws.



  • Strong executive background in book publishing business to include P&L management, strategic planning, acquisition, editing, design & production, subsidiary rights, marketing, sales and distribution
  • Proven leadership and organizational skills
  • Track record of solid financial performance in executive publishing position
  • Knowledge of current and emerging publishing technologies and trends and a proven effectiveness in leveraging them
  • Proven executive-level speaking and writing skills
  • Strong computer skills: MS Office Suite (Word/PowerPoint/Excel) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Familiarity with content management systems and publishing software
  • Broad knowledge of or personal experience in military service and military history and publishing for this audience. Prior service in the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard a plus 
  • Commitment to the Naval Institute mission


  • Bachelor’s degree in history, social sciences or related field, with an advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ Years progressively more responsible publishing experience with at least five years’ management (P&L) experience at the Executive Level

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Travel less than 4 weeks per year.

The U.S. Naval Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer: minority/female/disability/veteran. For more information, visit www.usni.org.

Email resume with cover letter which relates your experience to the position qualifications listed above to: HR@usni.org 

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