Job opening detail :
posted: Sept. 2, 2020
Offered by:
University of California Office of the President
Full Time
Oakland, CA

Location: Oakland

Job ID: 10321


University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers, committed to influencing public discourse and challenging the status quo. At a time of dramatic change for scholarship and publishing, we collaborate with faculty, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today's knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.


University of California Press has a mission to drive progressive change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds and giving them voice, reach, and impact. Toward this end, we are searching for a Director of Editing, Design, and Production. The Director of EDP will be responsible for overseeing editing, design, and manufacturing, working in consultation with the managers of these three functional areas. They will also be responsible for UC Press's book manufacturing budget, editorial/production workflows, and relations with vendors for all aspects of the production process. As a member of the senior management team, the ED&P director will participate in strategic planning for UC Press; communicate the press's strategic goals to the managers of editing, design, and manufacturing; and plan the support and implementation of these goals at the departmental level. The EDP director will set overall production values, standards, and policies; coordinate the three phases of the production process; and explore opportunities for cost savings and new efficiencies in the production pipeline. The ideal candidate will have ten years' experience managing some aspect of book production, and deep knowledge of all aspects of academic publishing.

This position reports to the Executive Director of the Press and is part of the Senior Management Team.



Personnel Management: Responsible for the performance and development of all staff in EDP. Maintain morale within the department by keeping members informed of changes envisioned by senior management, fostering open dialog in meetings, resolving intra-departmental tensions, and maintaining an open-door policy for individual consultations. Manage the performance of direct reports with regular check-ins and informal and formal reviews. Support the managing editor and art director in managing the performance of their direct reports. Apply for promotions and equity adjustments as warranted.


Senior Management Team: Responsible for collaborating with other members of the team to provide Press leadership. Work with the team in developing and executing the Press's five-year plan as well as addressing unanticipated issues that affect all Press staff. Mobilize EDP in supporting presswide initiatives while also representing the needs and concerns of EDP in senior management discussions. Resolve any tensions that arise between EDP and other departments.


Workflow Management and List Planning: Responsible for developing and maintaining seamless workflows for all production-related processes. Collaborate with editorial director in seasonal list planning, mapping out publication and transmittal dates for all frontlist titles and actively managing the current seasonal list. Support the managing editor in overseeing the seasonal transmittal workflow. Support the art director in overseeing the cover design and art evaluation workflows. Manage directly the workflows for first printings and reprints, for one- and four-color printing, and for offset, digital, and print-on-demand jobs. Develop new workflows for new product lines as needed.


EDP Budget Responsible for all aspects of Press finances that involve EDP. Prepare the annual operating budgets for Editing, Design, and Production and monitor expenses against budget throughout the fiscal year. Approve any estimates outside of established parameters and inquire into any expenditures that exceed norms. Create detailed cost estimates for new initiatives and monitor expenses against those estimates, adjusting parameters as necessary to keep expenses in line. Assess the financial impact on cost of sale of new strategies, policies, vendors, or product lines and work with the CFO as needed to ensure alignment with budget.


Preproduction Consultation: Responsible for supporting Acquisitions and Marketing with production advice for individual projects and new product lines under consideration, partly via participation in the Press's decision-making Publishing Meeting Maintain an estimating tool that allows Acq Eds to generate cost estimates for most titles. Vet book proposals for production- and content-related issues and, as needed, conduct small-group meetings to understand and evaluate risks and costs of potential projects that do not conform to established parameters. Support the managing editor in her collaboration with the head of Acquisitions on list planning and in her role as leader of the Plan Check meeting.


Systems Management: As a member of the Systems Development Team, work to ensure that systems supporting EDP meet ever-changing business needs. Collaborate with other functional areas so that systems changes resolving EDP problems don't create new problems for other departments using the same systems. Provide "wireframe" specs for new EDP functionality and vet the beta versions developed by in-house and external programmers.


Vendor Management: Responsible for hiring, firing, and supporting vendors in all production-related service areas. Support the managing editor in the management of copyeditors, indexers, compositors, and outsource vendors. Support the art director in the management of freelance designers. Manage directly the service providers in the areas of one- and four-color printing, print on demand, stripping and binding, and freight. In this capacity, analyze press needs, research vendor options, prepare and administer requests for proposal, and adjudicate lapses in service.

Required Qualifications

• Minimum of ten years' related experience.
• Detail-oriented and methodical with the ability to achieve thoroughness, accuracy, and precision.
• Expertise in using software tools, databases, and other technologies.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work well both individually and as part of a team.
• Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external constituents.
• Analytical, critical thinking, and problem resolution skills.


• Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.



Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:



Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is September 16, 2020.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position.

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014.


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