The International Rights Manager in the Books Division of the University of Chicago Press reports to the Director of Intellectual Property and is responsible for promoting the licensing of translation rights and English-language reprint rights for Press books. These activities enhance the global presence and impact of the Press and its authors and contribute to the Pressâ™s income.
The position is based on the University of Chicagoâ™s Hyde Park campus.
Develop strategies for promoting frontlist and backlist titles for subrights licensing in the appropriate international markets.
Work closely with Marketing and Sales to identify promising or emerging markets.
Work closely with Acquisitions to understand the potential of the list and individual titles.
Grow and maintain relationships with international publishers and agents.
Maintain data for contacts, inquiries, and completed deals in the Press database.
Coordinate the preparation of tipsheets, rights catalogs, and other promotional materials.
Attend book fairs and other trade events.
Negotiate and complete incoming translation and English-language reprint rights deals.
Maintain and update licensing agreement templates.
Handle renewals and cancellations.
Project, track, and report on revenue.
Work closely with the Business Office to ensure receipt and reconciliation of royalty reports and payments.
Assist editors in acquiring English-language rights.
Apply for subsidies to support English-language translations.
Ensure that the Pressâ™s intellectual property policies and procedures are implemented in regards to international rights licensing.
Communicate rights activities and deal information to authors and internal stakeholders.
Supervise and train the International Rights Associate and a student assistant.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Interpersonal skills required.
Customer service skills required.
Attention to detail required.
Strong organizational skills required.
Analytical skills required.
Decision-making skills required.
Problem-solving skills required.
Ability to respond quickly and appropriately to emails and queries required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
Ability to work as part of a team required.
Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative required.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Ability to manage stressful situations required.
Knowledge of database, word processing, and spreadsheet software required.
Ability to represent organization positively to internal and external clients required.
Ability to travel internationally required.
Supervisory experience required.
Ability to train others required.
Familiarity with scholarly content and communications preferred.
Familiarity with contracts and copyright law preferred.
Knowledge of at least one foreign language preferred.
Negotiation skills preferred.
Knowledge of specific international markets preferred.
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Graduate work preferred.
A minimum of two years of experience in publishing or a related field required.
A minimum of one year of supervisory experience required.
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Microsoft Office required.
Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Requires some domestic and international travel.
Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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