Employment Opportunities

Director of Publishing Operations - Books Division

Johns Hopkins University Press is combining its editorial, design, and production departments in its Books Division into one department called Publishing Operations.  The Director of Publishing Operations will join a team of exceptional professionals committed to bringing the benefits of discovery to the world by providing global access, impact, and influence for the scholarship that we publish and distribute.  This position will help to ensure that the press is a leader in the selection and development of innovative ideas and scholarship; the creation of pioneering technologies to enhance discovery and learning; and the connection of people to the most trusted knowledge from global researchers, scholars, and educators.  As part of the leadership team and reporting to the Director of JHUP, the Director of Publishing Operations participates in leading press-wide strategic initiatives and has the opportunity to bring innovative technologies and pioneering work processes to the award winning books that have boosted JHUP’s reputation for more than 140 years.  


NOTE: Telecommuting during COVID 19, remote working policies (position will be located at Homewood once we return to campus).
 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 
  • Creating strategic direction and vision for all aspects of manuscript editing, design, and production functions.  Working with the entire Books Division to develop new expectations for the quality, cost, and timely delivery of bound books and electronic files for all JHUP titles.  Setting production standards, values, and policies going forward, with an eye toward continuous innovation and fiscal stewardship. 
  • Mapping current processes and assessing the areas that need to change in order to drive efficiencies, maintain quality standards, control costs, enhance the timing of publication, and meet financial goals.  Working with other departmental managers in this mapping activity, particularly with acquisitions and inventory management, to ensure that transmittals and inventory activities are up to expectations.  Making changes to current processes and departmental structure as necessary to meet goals. 
  • Overseeing daily operations of the manuscript editing, design, and production functions, ensuring close collaboration with acquisition, marketing, subsidiary rights, and finance departments.  Understanding the ways in which Journals and Project MUSE produce their content and using that information to recommend cross- divisional collaboration. 
  • Providing operational oversight to ensure consistent inventory creation, distribution, and archiving for print and electronic products.
  • Managing the list in conjunction with managing editor and marketing director, tracking project schedules and working with marketing and acquisitions to ensure a relatively even flow of manuscripts from season to season and receipt of metadata in a timely fashion. 
  • Overseeing manuscript editing, design, and production vendor selection, evaluation, and management.  Expanding international printing capabilities and options.  Overseeing the archiving of content by third-party data asset manager.  Analyzing and evaluating additional vendor relationships for all functions and outsourcing opportunities. 
  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and leading a team of approximately 11 staff members to collaborate across all books departments and divisions to meet the mission, goals, and vision of the Press.  Creating measurable and obtainable but also aspirational performance goals.
  • Weaving equity, justice, and inclusion principles into all aspects of the work. 
  • Building network of industry influencers, calling on these influencers to advise on new ways in which to ensure that the goals of the Publishing Operations department are being met. 
  • Monitoring industry trends and the competitive landscape, identifying gaps that JHUP could effectively fill and proposing changes in operations for new technologies, file formats, and workflows or for creating new products. 
  • Creating strategic partnerships, negotiating contracts, and monitoring performance.
  • Working with CFO and director to create rational budgets and deliver expense outcomes that meet or exceed those budgets.

Qualifications


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum 10 years of relevant leadership experience in the publishing industry. 
  • Deeply knowledgeable about editorial practices, design, and digital and print production in a book publishing environment. 
  • Demonstrated experience with successfully leading change.  
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Superior problem-solving skills including using analytics to drive decisions. 
  • Stellar at all aspects of communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to form collaborative teams and instill passion and drive to excel in those teams of professionals. 
  • Creative thinker; embracing new ideas; passionate about exploiting the potential of JHUP.
  • Inclusive in decision-making and problem-solving and achieving consensus for strategic direction and day-to-day operations.
  • Fluidity in operating at a high level of abstraction to the details necessary to lead staff in implementing on a daily basis.
  • Excel in effective use of resources; keen self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses; and appropriately delegating.
Special knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Expert knowledge of relevant publishing technologies including all e-book formats, POD and digital printing, file tagging, and xml-first processes.  Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and other systems for producing high-quality efficient files.  
  • Understanding databases and asset management systems.
  • Experience with production of books that range from simple to highly complex.
  • Expertise in negotiating contracts and terms.    
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Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Business Intelligence-Project MUSE

Project MUSE a pioneering database of academic journals and monographs in the humanities and social sciences serving libraries and their patrons with unparalleled access to quality scholarship and rewarding reading experiences across the globe. Scholars, researchers, and curious readers can access more than 700 academic journals and 70,000 e-books from more than 200 academic publishers. Project MUSE is a division of Johns Hopkins University Press, one of the largest U.S.-based university presses. In continuous operation since 1878, the Press has been and remains a leader in the publishing, aggregation, and distribution of scholarly books and journals in all formats.

The position of Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Business Intelligence is a senior position that reports directly to the Associate Director of Project MUSE. The position may have 2-3 direct reports.

The Strategic Initiatives and Business Intelligence Manager will collaboratively surface important questions about MUSE’s business models and other aspects of its operations that can be answered quantitatively and then embark on the answers in conjunction with leaders across MUSE.  This person will also be in charge of extracting and mining data sources across systems to support the business of the discovery, posting, and selling content to stakeholders around the world.  The products and services that MUSE stewards include scholarly journals, books, and electronic references.

This position works within Project MUSE to define, develop, and communicate strategic initiatives in support of executive-defined objectives, and delivers decision support to operational and executive leaders. Specifically, this role will:
 

  • Provide analytical support for strategic initiatives and business opportunities.
  • Identify and assess new strategic business and revenue generation opportunities.
  • Assist Project MUSE teams in optimizing current systems and achieve organizational efficiency and growth.
  • Manage projects from developing project plans through to monitoring performance.
  • Develop business case documents, requirements documents, and communication plans for strategic initiatives.
  • Extract, review, and validate monthly usage reports and create monthly communications.
  • Work with IT to establish requirements for a data warehouse and a business information strategy.
  • This leadership role will include the ability to prioritize competing demands and draw upon, delegate, and foster collaboration amongst team members to ensure the successful completion of projects in the allotted timeframe.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and manages a business intelligence strategy.
  • Assesses results and establishes monitoring mechanisms.
  • Builds and leads teams of stakeholders from various business units to define, plan, and communicate strategic initiatives.
  • Works with staff across Project MUSE to identify opportunities for efficiencies and improvements in business processes.
  • Clearly defines the business requirement and the opportunity for improvement; gathers information, maps the process, analyzes results and validates information.
  • Ensures solutions identified are in line with business priorities.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required in publishing, communications, analytics, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Six years of experience in a professional environment where the required knowledge base and skills have been utilized, and a minimum of 3 years of data analytics.
  • Experience in Digital Publishing, Project/Program Management, Business Analysis/Processes, and/or Change Management required.
  • Five or more years of leadership experience preferred.
  • Candidate must have the ability to independently lead projects and teams.
  • Possess proven relatable experience that will improve the Project MUSE product and publisher services.
  • Ability to produce high-quality written reports, which effectively present complex information to colleagues and publishing partners.
  • Working knowledge of Tableau and/or related business and intelligence analytics software.
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics.
  • On occasion, candidate may need to work evenings and weekends.
  • Candidate must be able to work remotely and in-person.

Key Competencies:
  • Established analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proven management and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrates respect for process and knowledge and exercises diplomacy in working with sponsors, subject matter experts, stakeholders, team members, and leadership.
  • Strong adaptability and capacity to work in fast-paced environments.
  • In-depth understanding of organizational data flow and its use in management decision-making.
  • Knowledge of project management theory.
  • Exceptional analytical skills.
  • Excellent team-working skills.
  • Creative, drives for results.
  • Strong communication, information visualization, and presentation skills.
  • Working knowledge of Google Analytics.

Additional Information:

This is a telework opportunity during COVID-19. This position is based out of the Homewood campus located in Baltimore, Maryland; currently staff are working virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 



 

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Production Specialist - Journals Division

As a production specialist in the Journals Division, you will oversee the day-to-day workflow necessary to publish approximately 40-55 journal issues a year. You will manage all stages of production from typesetting to mailing, producing final files suitable for print, online, and reprint publication. This position directly impacts the profitability of the Press and plays a key role in keeping or acquiring new journal titles as the primary contact for his or her editorial teams.

NOTE: The Production Specialist position is based out of the Homewood campus located in Baltimore, Maryland; currently all staff are working virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is a telework opportunity during COVID-19.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all production and distribution logistics for approximately 40-55 journal issues annually in collaboration with 8-12 editorial offices (mostly outside the Hopkins community) and 4-8 different vendors. Oversee typesetting, printing, and mailing for both print and online publication.
  • Establish good relationships with assigned publishing partners and vendors and communicate with them frequently. Answer most common questions or direct to the proper department. Inform editorial teams of any changes or updates to departmental policy.
  • Develop, track, and troubleshoot production schedules for your journal group and ensure adherence to the schedule by editors and vendors throughout. Track all stages of production and post-issue processing, proactively recommending ways to meet schedule to editorial offices. Learn to forecast print dates accurately.
  • Review and approve all stages of pre-press or proofs before publication and set print runs, consulting manager as needed. Review art files for quality. Order mail labels and upload final files for online publication. Increasing your knowledge about these processes  is expected.  
  • Identify rights & permissions problems in issues and assist in solving them. Use various existing publishing agreements appropriately. Understand author reprint policy and inform author or direct requests to Rights & Permissions as appropriate.
  • Enforce page budgets, bill for memberships and extra production charges, approve and code production invoices correctly. Assist manager in closing by providing information and accurately invoicing excess costs. Learn to recognize cost drivers.
  • Back up colleagues as needed and document processes for your journal titles. Actively collaborate in departmental initiatives and participate in meetings. Assist in documenting departmental processes. Help train new staff members.
  • Collaborate with coworkers on projects such as proofreading marketing pieces, compiling statistics for annual postage statements, and so on. Occasionally oversee changes in cover design, working with in-house layout staff and the editorial team. Recommend changes and offer creative ideas; obtain editorial input and approval with some managerial guidance. 
  • Oversees 40-55 journal issues annually in collaboration with 8-12 editorial offices (mostly outside the Hopkins community), 4-8 different outside vendors, and in-house layout team. Directly communicates with assigned editors and outside vendors to meet publishing goals. Has a direct impact on income for the Press as we earn income with each issue published. Plays a key role in retaining journal titles as specialist has daily interaction with his or her editorial teams.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma/GED required; some college or BA/BS in liberal or graphic arts preferred.
  • Three years related experience required.
  • Experience in journal or book publishing production or a related area strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrated interest in the English language, graphic arts or a related area is essential.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis.  For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.        
 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic competency with word processing, email, Internet.
  • Familiarity with spreadsheets (Excel), databases (Filemaker), graphic design software (InDesign, Photoshop) helpful.
  • Foreign language skills helpful.
  • HTML or XML knowledge a plus.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • An ability to proofread on a professional level is essential. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required to collaborate with professional scholars. Incumbent must have the ability to learn quickly. 
  • Problem Solving--The specialist is largely responsible for quality control and decision-making for day-to-day activities for their titles, with limited consultation and advice. Setting priorities among titles to ensure he or she meets production deadlines is essential. A willingness to collaborate with editors, vendors, and in-house personnel to meet goals is essential. Good judgment in when to refer questions to management is expected.
  • Interpersonal Skills--The job needs tact in demanding quality and persuasion in making changes, accelerating schedules to meet deadlines, or explaining why we can't make changes. Manage relationships with editorial teams (your customers) and vendors providing services to produce on-budget, on-time issues of high quality.
  • Mission/Service Orientation--Directly supports the mission of Johns Hopkins University Press to disseminate scholarly knowledge.
  • Teaming Skills--Incumbent must work very closely with editorial teams and production colleagues to meet the Press's publishing goals and budget. An ability to work independently is important but the specialist is also expected to back up colleagues and work cooperatively with journals coworkers on departmental or divisional projects.
  • Innovation--Creativity and innovation are encouraged in developing workflow and streamlining processes. Creativity in generating ideas about design updates.
  • Managing Change--Production is undergoing constant change due to technology and the migration of print to digital forms of media. An ability to adapt to new processes and vendors is essential.

External Contacts

Works with 8-12 editorial teams (most editors are professors) and 4-5 vendors (printers, typesetters) to produce journal issues.

 

Internal Contacts

Daily interaction with production team, marketing group, and circulation group in Journals. Also Journals Publisher on occasion, other managers on occasion. Frequent contacts with Muse production team, accounting staff, and rights & permissions staff.
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Editorial Assistant

The Johns Hopkins University Press seeks an organized, self-starting, collaborative, and energetic individual to join our editorial team to acquire and publish scholarly non-fiction books. The Editorial Assistant provides comprehensive support to the acquisitions editors, authors, and the manuscript editorial department; and helps prepare book manuscripts for publication.

NOTE: The Editorial Assistant position is based out of the Homewood campus located in Baltimore, Maryland; currently all staff are working virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is a telework opportunity during COVID-19.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

 
  • Responsible for routing acquisitions work and updating our title database to enable editors to review, develop, and procure suitable book-length manuscripts.
  • Analyze editorial, copyright, and typographical complexities in book manuscripts and prepare manuscripts for copyediting and production.
  • Communicate with authors, readers, agents, and foreign publishers and agencies under differing degrees of supervision by the editors.
  • Monitor status of manuscripts-in-process, readers’ reports, contracts and reprint permissions.
  • Analyze illustrated materials using Adobe Photoshop and other software.
  • Coordinate the shipping of advance copies to authors, contributors, and others. Process payments for authors, agents, contributors, and readers.
  • Collaborate with other editorial assistants in departmental duties including: supervising student works and interns, onboarding new staff, scheduling press-wide meetings, and producing regular project reports.

Qualifications

 
  • High School Diploma/GED. 
  • 2 years of related experience required.
  • Additional education may substitute for experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula (30 undergraduate degree credits/semester hours or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience).

Special Knowledge Skills and Abilities

Candidates with experience working in environments of equity and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

  • The Johns Hopkins University Press is located near the university’s Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland.  It is a proud member of the Association of University Presses. 
  • The Editorial Assistant position is based out of the Homewood campus located in Baltimore, Maryland; currently all staff are working virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is a telework opportunity during COVID-19.
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