Responsible for the business administration of a portfolio of journals across a range of disciplines. Manages the P&Ls of individual journals. Develops and executes strategic plans to achieve journal goals and promote long-term business health. Works with colleagues across departments within a flat organization to help establish and accomplish priorities. Actively and effectively collaborates with business partners and colleagues, internal and external to the Press.
Manages and fosters relationships with clients and strategic partners. Manages change, conflict, and expectations in a positive and proactive manner while looking for win-win solutions to complex challenges.
Prepares and presents business reports for clients. Uses research, analytical, and visual presentation skills to compose clear narratives for reporting on journal health trends, market forces, and publisher initiatives to a varied audience, including academics and scholarly society officers.
Understands and tracks industry trends affecting scholarly publishing and assigned journal portfolio. Actively contributes to management discussions and works within a team on portfolio-wide strategies and initiatives.
This role may have dotted-line reports with journal-office staff and responsibilities related to managing that staff.
Assists on special projects as needed, including managing additional journals or partnerships.
Develops, plans, and disseminates information designed to keep the public informed of the organization's programs, accomplishments, or point of view.
Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.
Performs other related work as needed.
At least 5 years experience in the publishing industry.
Experience working with scholarly societies or academic publications.
Experience with contracts and negotiations.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Experience with business-intelligence software (e.g., PowerBI).
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively and tactfully with a variety of academic stakeholders, including Editor-in-Chiefs and Society publishing partners, as well as members of Press staff.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Professional presentation skills; represent the University of Chicago Press at academic conferences and to a variety of audiences.
Manage positive client relationships.
Maintain confidentiality and handle confidential matters.
Analytical skills and a strong business acumen.
Interact with colleagues and customers in a knowledgeable, professional, patient, efficient, and tactful manner.
Strong organizational skills; prioritize and handle multiple tasks efficiently.
Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
Work within a team and independently with a high degree of initiative.
Domestic and foreign travel. Work extended hours and travel away from Chicago overnight (five to eight trips each year) and fly on commercial airliners.
A hybrid work schedule is permitted, not 100% remote.
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