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Johns Hopkins University Press Employment Opportunities

Director, Project MUSE

General Description: The Johns Hopkins University Press seeks an innovative individual with exceptional leadership, communications, and organizational skills to direct Project MUSE http://muse.jhu.edu). Project MUSE is a renowned online database of scholarly publications, more than 629 journals and 35,000 books in the humanities and social sciences from 240 not-for-profit publishers, sold to over 2,000 academic libraries worldwide through institutional site licenses. Project MUSE represents a dynamic collaboration of publishers and libraries that thrive in an ever changing environment.

The Director, Project MUSE reports to the Director of the Johns Hopkins University Press, and serves as one of the Press's executives. The Director, Project MUSE leads a staff of 25 responsible for all operations of Project MUSE, including sales and marketing, technology product development, publisher relations, user services, customer service, and financial management. The Director also works collaboratively with the broadly constituted MUSE Advisory Board and with publisher advisory groups who advise on policy, services, and financial matters.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that MUSE’s technology-based service offerings remain leading edge,
  • Focusing on the continued viability of Project MUSE’s value proposition for its worldwide constituencies of libraries, scholars, and publishers,
  • Leading the development and implementation of a strategic plan to achieve growth, financial stability, and alignment with overall Press and University goals,
  • Leading product development activities and functionality improvement plans, and proactively seeking new revenue opportunities and cost control initiatives,
  • Developing and maintaining long-term relationships with publishers and librarians,
  • Seeking and negotiating licensing and distribution agreements and representing Project MUSE to the academic and business communities.

Qualifications: BA or BS. At least 10 years' experience managing complex products or services in a changing industry. At least five years' experience managing a revenue-generating business with a significant-sized staff and a budget above $5 million.

Special skills and knowledge:

  • Experience with the variety of business models that are feasible for publishers and librarians.
  • Experience in a partnership development or customer relationship sales position.
  • Experience in contract development and negotiation.
  • Commitment to creating sustainable models for scholarly communication.
  • Knowledge of library practices and of standards in electronic publishing for the academic library market.
  • Professional and diplomatic communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Excellent business and analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications: MBA or Master's Degree in a related field. Experience managing technology product development functions.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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