The State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration seeks a strategic and visionary Director of SUNY Press who will set a forward course to maximize existing strengths; identify new opportunities for growth and collaboration, particularly in today’s evolving open landscape; and leverage SUNY Press’s distinct role as part of the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States.
With over fifty years of publishing excellence and a backlist of nearly 6,000 titles, SUNY Press is an acclaimed international publisher with historical strengths in Asian studies, education, gender studies, philosophy, political science, and religious studies. SUNY Press is home to the Excelsior Editions imprint, publishing works that celebrate the history and culture of New York State, and has growing lists in film/media studies, Indigenous studies, Latin American / Latinx studies, and LGBTQ studies. Capitalizing on the latest advances in digital communication, SUNY Press has an annual output of 150 titles per year and publishes five journals.
SUNY’s sixty-four college and university campuses are located within thirty miles of every home, school, and business in the state. The SUNY System serves more than 1.4 million students annually, employs over 90,000 faculty and staff, and connects more than three million SUNY alumni around the world. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. SUNY is building one of the largest Open Educational Resources initiatives in the country, with four million dollars in annual state support. Through a System-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion policy, SUNY is committed to being the most inclusive university system in the country.
The Director of SUNY Press will be responsible for developing and executing a strategic vision to advance and support the Press in the context of SUNY’s mission and strategic priorities and the publishing landscape of the twenty-first century. The Director should have a working knowledge of Open Access, Open Educational Resources, and digital scholarship and should understand the role that the Press can play in these areas. A skilled advocate for the Press and its mission, the Director will build synergies among SUNY’s various constituents: faculty, deans, administrators, and other university leaders, both at campuses and at system administration. The Director will engage and support scholars and potential collaborators in areas of foci for the Press from across SUNY and around the world. The Director will lead an experienced staff, with annual books and journals revenue of over three million dollars.
The Director of SUNY Press will be responsible for strategic planning, development and outreach, acquisitions and production, and fiscal management as follows:
- Position SUNY as a leader in finding innovative solutions and pathways to address the following: changing library partnerships and changes in publication patterns among researchers (including Open Access and use of scholarly collaboration networks, access management, and data sharing); scholarly communication; and intellectual property;
- Leverage SUNY Press’s role as part of SUNY’s sixty-four campus system;
- Demonstrate an entrepreneurial vision, positioning the Press to support and to take advantage of SUNY’s significant commitment to Open Educational Resources, Open Access, and digital scholarship;
- Implement a coordinated and sustainable strategy for growth with a clearly defined focus on mission and market, including innovative publishing models; and
- Engage SUNY Press staff as collaborators who will own and be clear about their role in implementing strategic goals.
Development and Outreach
- Serve as an active and engaged thought leader in university publishing, broadly representing SUNY Press and its connections to the SUNY System;
- Establish a culture of productive and meaningful working relationships with authors, reviewers, customers, vendors, and industry colleagues;
- Ensure inclusive hiring practices and support a welcoming culture consistent with SUNY’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policy;
- Develop and foster connections internally with SUNY’s system administration and across its sixty-four campuses, including its administrators, faculty, staff, governance, and others, in order to maintain an awareness of the Press’s scholarly mission and to identify opportunities to collaborate; and
- Cultivate and steward financial support and subsidies from donors, foundations, and other sources.
Acquisitions and Production
- Oversee all Press activities, including acquisitions, editorial, production, marketing, and distribution, to enhance operational efficiency and align with strategic goals;
- Work with the staff to identify ongoing opportunities for professional development to stay abreast of the evolving nature of university publishing;
- Work with the staff and editorial boards to maintain scholarly quality through peer review and to ensure that all publications offer value to New York State; and
- Identify and invite faculty and administrators to serve on advisory and editorial boards.
- Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the Press, including financial planning and budgetary management;
- Identify and implement innovative business models and strategies; and
- Manage SUNY Press partnerships and agreements.
- Master’s degree required.
- Five to ten years of senior academic publishing experience, with experience at a higher education institution and/or higher education system preferred.
- Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans; proven ability to problem solve and develop innovative solutions; adept at inspiring innovation and navigating change.
- Excellent interpersonal communications skills.
- Experience with all facets of University Press operations including acquisitions, production, and finance.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent fringe benefits. Interested candidates are invited to apply online at www.suny.edu/SUPEmployment. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.