Position Description
Press Georgetown University Press
Information Technologies/Electronic Publishing
Digital Publishing and Rights Manager


Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Digital Publishing and Rights Manager is responsible for negotiating vendor contracts and posting content with library aggregators (such as Project Muse, JSTOR, and Ebrary et al.), and handling licensing agreements and digital rights management. Through these activities, the incumbent increases the press's revenues and its ability to disseminate information in an organized and systematic manner. S/he also performs crucial roles in e-book distribution: negotiating contracts with vendors, including Amazon, Apple, Google, working closely with vendors to oversee conversion to multiple e-book formats and ensuring the distribution and quality control of digital assets to more than ten vendors. Supporting marketing and sales efforts by continuously analyzing, improving, updating, and maintaining the Press ONIX, the Digital Publishing and Rights Manager has additional duties that include but are not limited to:


  • Supports marketing and sales efforts by continuously analyzing, improving, updating, and maintaining the ONIX metadata feed to constantly evolving industry standards, and communicates with industry partners as effectively as possible.
  • Manages the day-to-day relationship with CoreSource, the digital asset platform which handles the majority of our metadata feeds and all of our e-book file delivery.
  • Prepares and submits advance information about new and forthcoming titles to Hopkins Fulfillment Services, key partners, and to book industry databases.
  • Establishes and maintains schedule for disseminating regular metadata feeds (title information, product and price updates and status changes) to all appropriate industry contacts.
  • Oversees the workflow for book information (metadata) into our in-house database and ensures that staff and interns adhere to metadata style-guides and best practices.
  • Uploads annual BISAC code changes and other metadata-related industry updates to FileMaker Pro database and maps them to appropriate exports.
  • Manages the digital archive to ensure that it is organized and complete, and that staff is adding files according to our best practices, especially regarding file types and file­naming conventions.
  • Manages database security by onboarding and training staff, identifying database needs and requirements by analyzing departmental and staff requests, evaluating and improving existing functionality, and developing and implementing new features.
  • Maintains database performance by implementing new releases, updating the FlieMaker Pro server, completing maintenance requirements, and evaluating computer operating systems.
  • Supports and maintains the transmission of sales and fulfillment data between our distributor's database and the Press database.
  • Manages, develops, and maintains GUP's web presence including the GUP main website, GUP Languages website, and the AI-Kltaab Arabic Language Program website.
  • Collaborates with the Marketing and Acquisitions departments to identify website needs for new and existing products as well as marketing campaigns and publicity.
  • Manages website hosting and contract with third-party website developer, coordinating and managing website projects that are outsourced to third-party developers.
  • Tracks, complies, and analyzing website usage data (through Google Analytics) to identify and improve website views and usage and online marketing efforts, establishing and maintaining the annual website budget for upgrades, support, and future development.
  • Negotiate contracts with digital aggregators and vendors and negotiate subsidiary rights with third parties (e.g. audio, foreign languages, and serialization).


Requirements and Qualifications


  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Three or more years in scholarly or trade publishing
  • Experience in print and digital rights management
  • Experience managing permissions requests


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