The Central Conference of American Rabbis

Director of Publishing

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) seeks a new member of its team to serve as the Director of Publishing of the CCAR Press, a nonprofit publisher.  The Director of Publishing will provide oversight and management of CCAR Press in furthering the Mission, Pillars and Goals of the CCAR. CCAR Press is the primary publisher of the Reform Movement and a division of the CCAR. 

The Director of Publishing will report directly to the Chief Executive.
 

Core Responsibities Include (but are not limited to):

  • Review and approve proposals in coordination with Chair of Press Council and Chief Executive
  • Provide long-term and short-term strategy for the CCAR Press including acquisitions and management
  • Manage proposal and manuscript development
  • Perform hands-on editing when needed
  • Responsible for coordinating and managing the editorial and production processes of all publishing projects including digital adaptation/conversion
  • Manage the departmental structure in order to achieve goals, including supervision of staff and outside contractors/vendors 
  • Work closely with CFO in managing a $2 million (average) annual publishing budget
  • Oversee volunteer-run quarterly Journal of Reform Judaism
  • Manage and negotiate contracts in coordination with Chief Executive
     

Valued Qualities, Skills and Competencies:

  • The ideal candidate would possess leadership skills, the ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with others, as well as the capacity to work well with a range of personalities. 
  • The successful candidate should demonstrate strategic thinking and implementation skills.
  • Capacity for big picture goal-setting, strategic planning to achieve goals, implementation and organization skill sets, setting and meeting benchmarks, thinking and planning proactively, balancing multiple projects concurrently, and setting priorities among many activities
  • Significant experience in publishing (minimum 3 years in senior role)
  • Experience with both editorial and production processes
  • Interest in developing publishing strategies including acquisitions
  • Familiarity with financial management in publishing (budget management, P & L’s, monitoring and reporting)
  • Strong project management skills required 
  • Supervisory experience required
  • Ability to oversee distribution, fulfillment, inventory
  • Ability to oversee digital publishing
  • Knowledge of Judaism (required)
  • Working knowledge of Hebrew (desired)
  • Knowledge of nonprofit world (desired)
  • Ability to work with volunteer advisory committees
  • Ethical foundation in both conduct and qualifications
  • Strong interpersonal skills and relational qualities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr@ccarnet.org.
 

About the Central Conference of American Rabbis

The Central Conference of American Rabbis is Reform Judaism’s rabbinic leadership organization. The CCAR strengthens the Jewish community by providing religious, spiritual, ethical, and intellectual leadership. CCAR and its members lead the Reform Movement on important spiritual, social, cultural and human rights issues, as it has done since 1889. CCAR also is the center for lifelong rabbinic learning, professional development, and personal support for the 2,100 rabbis who serve more than 1.5 million Reform Jews throughout North America, Israel and the world. Since its founding, the CCAR also has served as the primary publisher of the Reform Movement through CCAR Press and its secondary imprint Reform Judaism Publishing.

Contact Information

Laurie Pinho, CFO/COO
355 Lexington Ave
New York
NY
10017
Contact Phone: 
(212) 542-8788
Contact e-mail: