Chemeketa Press


Chemeketa aspires to be an inclusive environment where we honor and value the unique contributions of our diverse students, employees, and community. We seek to foster cultural competence and pursue equitable solutions that support all students in achieving their educational goals. If you are interested in joining the work of the college to pursue a supportive and inclusive culture, we encourage you to apply. 

Position Summary:
The Director of Chemeketa Press responds to the college's access core theme by managing the development of high-quality, affordable, effective, and culturally relevant textbooks as alternatives to commercially published materials. The mission of Chemeketa Press includes creating and sustaining a new model for textbook publishing defined by faculty support and student involvement. This position is responsible for the supervision and management of the Chemeketa Press department in coordination with other college services. This position also represents the College and the Press in interactions with the media, the general public, other colleges, and professional organizations. The Director of Chemeketa Press reports to the Vice President of Governance and Administration.    

Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:
Supervisory and Management

  • Supervises department faculty and classified employees, including job and task assignment and performance evaluations
  • Works closely with Business Services, Human Resources, Chemeketa Bookstore, Institutional Research, and other college sections to coordinate the work of the Press with the College as a whole
  • Tracks and manages department budget
  • Oversees or directs all contract and licensing agreements in partnership with other Press editors
  • Sets work priorities for the department
  • Oversees short- and long-range design, evaluation, and redesign of Press systems
  • Creates a continuous improvement plan for the Press


  • Manages online, phone, and written communications for general Press business
  • Manages responses to media queries
  • Works closely with instructional administrators to maintain clear lines of communication about Press projects
  • Manages communications with administrators at other colleges
  • Manages communications with other college presses and professional publishing organizations
  • Provides direction for marketing manager in matters related to the Press website, social media accounts, and marketing strategy

Development and Instruction

  • Works with Chemeketa Press staff to oversee book development and support systems, including submissions, manuscript development, design and layout, printing, review, sales and distribution, author support, and instructional support
  • Works with faculty editors to oversee instructional planning and systems, including internships, faculty training, curriculum development, credit and noncredit classes, and online materials
  • Recruits and oversees program and external partnerships for major book development projects, projects that integrate Press work into existing courses, and student publications in support of writing across the curriculum
  • Documents Press activities and lessons learned for the benefit of the Press and other college publishers
  • Participates in manuscript and book development projects as needed


  • Embraces diversity and actively collaborates effectively with a variety of students, staff, and the public from diverse cultural, social, economic, and educational backgrounds
  • Participates in recruitment and retention of students at an individual and institutional level in promotion of student success
  • Embraces, understands, and uses appropriate technology tools to accomplish job functions
  • Provides high-quality, effective service to internal and external customers through continuous improvement and adoption of lean office practices


Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree from an accredited institution in field related to writing or publishing
One (1) year of full-time equivalent college teaching experience
Professional experience with book publishing systems

Core Competencies:

  • Knowledge of: electronic book publishing systems, basic business operations, and relevant software, including Adobe design software, Microsoft Office applications, and a relational database system such as FileMaker Pro
  • Skills with: project leadership, including scheduling and meeting deadlines, leading collaborative work groups, keeping meticulous records, managing staff, and providing high-quality verbal and written communication, including shaping messages to a variety of internal and public audiences
  • Ability to: research and organize information, train and oversee others, lead a small, creative team, handle the stress of challenging deadlines, invent new processes and solutions, and write well in every situation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience as a copyeditor, technical writer, or editor
  • Experience publishing textbooks and educational materials that serve a diverse audience
  • Experience managing a business and staff
  • Excellent skills with written and verbal communication
  • Experience with community colleges
  • Current Chemeketa Professional Development Cultural Competence Certificate and/or demonstrated completion of diversity, equity, and inclusion training

Supplemental Information:

When applying for this position you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts- An electronic copy of your academic transcripts demonstrating completion of an approved technical/vocational/apprenticeship program if used to meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you have academic credentials from non-U.S. institutions, you will need to include an evaluation of your credentials
  • (Optional) Chemeketa Professional Development Cultural Competence Certificate - This document must be attached in order to receive preference

Required documents must be provided at the time of application. Please remove your social security number from your documents, including transcripts. Documents containing social security numbers will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Chemeketa makes employment decisions based solely on the candidate's demonstrated competencies as related to successful performance in the position.  

Successful applicants for designated positions must successfully pass a background inquiry, which may include criminal, driving, credit and full background checks. Only information relevant to the position will be considered. An individual with negative information on their background inquiry will not necessarily be denied employment. Providing false information will result in rejection of an application, employment offer or dismissal.

Terms of Employment:

  • This is a 100%, 12-month exempt assignments of the D1 band and grade
  • Requires flexible work schedule to meet program needs, which may include evenings and/or weekends
  • Requires the provision of official transcripts upon hire
  • Upon hire, must pass security inquiry which may include criminal history; only information relevant to the position will be considered

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans' Preference when applying with Chemeketa Community College in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230 and 408.235; and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. Preference will be given only if the applicant meets the minimum criteria of the position and electronically attaches the required documentation at the time of application.

Documents Required for Veterans' Preference:

•MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) -OR- Letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension

•Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs. You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

For information regarding Veterans' Preference qualifications, visit the following website:

Sedentary Work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary requirements are met.

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Contact Information

Human Resources
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr. NE
Contact Phone: 
(503) 399-5009