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Presbyterian Publishing Corp

Vice President of Publishing and Editorial Director

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Description

The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation is seeking a vice president of publishing and editorial director, Westminster John Knox Press, to join our dynamic team.

PPC consists of several imprints, led by Westminster John Knox Press, an imprint with a history dating to 1838. During that time WJK has published such authors as Reinhold Niebuhr, Cornel West, Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Walter Brueggemann, Letty Russell, and William Sloane Coffin. WJK is home to such groundbreaking works as Honest to God by John A.T. Robinson; The Women’s Bible Commentary, edited by Carol Newsom and Sharon Ringe; Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin; The Gospel according to Peanuts, by Robert Short; and respected series such as Interpretation, the Old Testament Library, the New Testament Library, William Barclay’s New Daily Study Bible, and Feasting on the Word.

PPC is also home to the denominational curriculum of the PCUSA, including Growing in Grace and Gratitude, The Present Word, and Big God, Big Questions. In addition, we have recently launched a successful new children’s book imprint, Flyaway Books, with books from such authors as Barbara Brown Taylor, Katherine Paterson, Sandy Sasso, and Amy-Jill Levine.

In addition to a competitive salary, the position offers an excellent health care plan with low premium, defined-benefit pension, optional 401k with company contribution, optional dental and vision coverage, and flexible schedule.

Summary:

As a member of the executive staff of PPC, the Vice President of Publishing works in partnership with the President and Publisher to define a strategic vision for the acquisition of high quality books for the three main segments of WJK’s progressive religious market: academic, clergy/professional, and general reader. The VP oversees a team of acquisitions editors to carry out list development and a production department that takes books from manuscript to completed project. She or he will have both editorial acumen and business sensibilities, along with experience with the religious or academic book markets.

In addition to being the public face of the WJK program, the VP will represent the Press at conferences and meetings related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Primary Responsibilities:

The Vice President of Publishing and Editorial Director will oversee the WJK book publishing program for the Press, including the publication of approximately 50 new titles each year; the acquisition of an equal amount of projects each year, meeting goals for revenue, author diversity, and audience category; and the production of book titles on time in a quality manner that meets budgetary goals. These responsibilities include:

  • Setting acquisition goals and helping acquisition editors meet those goals.
  • Overseeing editorial meetings to review proposals and brainstorm topics and authors to consider.
  • Overseeing publishing meetings to approve projects, guiding editorial, marketing, and executive staff colleagues to make financially sound decisions that also reflect the nature and mission of the Press.
  • Planning and managing seasonal lists, ensuring balance, diversity, and a steady flow of titles to market.
  • Successfully negotiating author contracts, including advances, royalty rates, licensing, etc., while minimizing financial risk.
  • Building and strengthening relationships with key authors, agents, and academic and church officials.
  • Remaining current with developments in the field and monitoring competition.
  • Working closely with marketing and sales colleagues to ensure that effective campaigns are developed for key titles.
  • Overseeing the implementation of the editorial strategy, including but not limited to acquisitions, author/agent relations, production quality control, and budgeting.
  • Acquiring and editing a select list of his/her own book projects (3-5 per year).
  • Supervising and mentoring editorial and production staff, giving people the tools to do their best work in an environment that encourages collaboration and fosters learning.
  • As a member of the executive staff, participating in the development of strategic initiatives and helping to guide the implementation of such initiatives.
  • Representing the company at specific publishing, academic, and church events and conferences.
  • Staying abreast of trends and issues in publishing, academic religion, higher education, mainline religion, and religion and society.
  • Participating in quarterly meetings of the PPC Board of Directors.

Reports to:

President and Publisher

Direct Reports:

3 Acquisitions Editors • 1 Production Director • 1 Managing Editor • 1 Production Associate • 1 Typesetter • 1 Art Director • 1 Rights and Permissions Director • 1 Rights and Permissions Associate

Requirements

Education:

Master's degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.

Desired Traits and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years demonstrated responsibility in similar publishing or leadership capacity, preferably with religion or academic focus
  • Proven ability to lead and manage people
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills across all mediums
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving aptitude
  • Ability to remain calm in pressure-filled situations
  • Comfortable dealing with various fiscal responsibilities
  • Comfortable with and supportive of diversity
  • Passionate and enthusiastic for the books we publish and able to convey and spread that enthusiasm to the company, authors, and key stakeholders
  • Highly professional individual with integrity and initiative
  • A self-starter who is willing to go above and beyond the job description and pitch in wherever necessary to get the job done
  • Ability to formulate and carry out strategic plans
  • Ability to lead, coach, mentor, and offer constructive criticism
  • Must be dynamic, change-adaptive, marketplace- and editorial-driven, entrepreneurial, innovative, results-oriented, collaborative, and detail-oriented

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via email to employment@presbypub.com. Application deadline is July 30.

PPC is an equal opportunity company and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. PPC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We celebrate diversity in our authors and the books we publish, and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all employees. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Job Information
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky, 40202, United States
  • Job ID:
    48942752
  • Posted:
    June 11, 2019
  • Position Title:
    Vice President of Publishing and Editorial Director
  • Company Name:
    Presbyterian Publishing Corp
  • Job Function:
    Editorial
  • Entry Level:
    No
  • Job Type:
    Full-Time
  • Job Duration:
    Indefinite
  • Min Education:
    Master's Degree
  • Min Experience:
    5-7 Years
  • Required Travel:
    10-25%
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