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Press Director and Publisher, University of Alberta

Director and Publisher, University of Alberta Press


The University of Alberta Libraries seeks a dynamic and innovative Press Director and Publisher to provide intellectual, strategic, and operational leadership and direction to the University of Alberta Press. The Press is a contemporary academic press that publishes in both print and electronic formats and supports the University of Alberta’s areas of research focus: humanities and fine arts; society and culture; science and technologies; energy; environment; food and bioresources; and health and wellness. The Press annually publishes up to 20 titles per year for a global community of scholars, policy makers, opinion leaders and reading publics. Strategic goals of the Press include emphasis on developing new publishing processes and means of dissemination for Indigenous and Northern knowledge and research.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Provost (Learning Services) and Chief Librarian, the Press Director and Publisher will support the mandate and mission of the Press by publishing important peer-reviewed scholarship, regional non-fiction, and creative works by Canadian and international authors; seeking and supporting development of scholarly work in broad and established fields as well as in specialized and emerging areas of research; extending the reach and influence of the University of Alberta and the Province of Alberta by making evident the commitment to research, creativity, and dissemination of knowledge for the public good.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

·      Developing and implementing a vision and strategic goals for the Press, along with conceiving and enhancing services that support authors, digital scholarship and academic publishing, including open access publishing; developing strategic relationships and enhancing the reputation of the Press and the University of Alberta through excellence and innovation in publishing and scholarly communications

·      Publishing books and related scholarly materials that advance scholarship, research and teaching for the public good; working in partnership with the Press Committee to respond to scholarly directions and contribute substantively to the development and dissemination of new knowledge in the Press’s defined areas of publication

·      Managing and providing leadership to Press staff in accordance with University policy and collective agreements

·      Ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in business and financial operations; developing and monitoring financial plans and directing financial operations in accordance with University policy; preparing successful grant applications and pursuing fund-raising opportunities in accordance with University policy and practices

·      Ensuring adherence to best production values, the highest editorial standards and technological currency in editorial and production processes

·      Overseeing creative, innovative, and effective marketing and distribution practices that maximize awareness of authors and their scholarship, and sales of both frontlist and backlist titles; seeking new markets and means for global promotion and distribution of University of Alberta Press publications

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. Home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, the university has an annual budget of $1.84 billion and attracts nearly $450 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A offers close to 400 rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses—including one rural and one francophone campus. The university has more than 275,000 alumni worldwide. The university and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for “uplifting the whole people.”

The City of Edmonton, with a growing population of over one million, is the cosmopolitan capital of Alberta known as “The City of Festivals”. With an abundance of services, a beautiful river valley, a multitude of community activities and attractive and financially reasonable living accommodation options, our energetic city has something for everyone. For further details about our vibrant city, please visit

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree and five or more years experience in academic or commercial publishing, along with:

·      An entrepreneurial outlook and skills base that allows for innovative and creative perspectives on development, acquisition, publication, marketing, and distribution in scholarly publication and new directions in scholarly communications

·      An understanding of the opportunities and challenges of the evolving scholarly publishing marketplace, including new forms of publication, services, and technologies that support digital scholarship

·      Recognized leadership and management skills and success in strategic planning

·      Superior verbal and written communication skills

·      Demonstrated facility with financial planning and management in the publishing environment and financial literacy

·      Ability to influence the course of the Press and development of the industry through advocacy and negotiation with diverse internal and external agencies

·      Understanding of and respect for academia and the role and significance of scholarly publishing for the public good

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer (APO) Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at  Effective July 1, 2017, the annual salary range will be $84,361 to $140,601.  A market supplement of up to $10,000 may be available. The position is located on the main (North) campus of the University of Alberta (T6G 2J8).

When applying please include your curriculum vitae and the names of three references. Review of applications will begin June 15, 2017.  The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

For further information, please email

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

How to Apply

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply


Application Deadline: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Type of Work: 
Full Time
Education Level: 
University (Graduate)
Prefered Method(s) of Application: 
Apply Online

Employer Details

University of Alberta Libraries

Kathleen De Long
Cameron Library
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2J8