Position Summary: Working with a wide variety of stakeholders in the conceptualization, acquisition, and development and delivery of print and digital editorial products and collateral and online content output, the Director of Publishing Services supports the business operations of the NAFSA’s print and digital publishing, provides professional editorial services, and directly manages a publishing team of three individuals. Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director (DED) of Membership, Marketing, and Publications, this position’s specific primary responsibility is the successful launch of planned publications.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
Manages the successful launch of all planned publications (45%)
Works with the DED to create business cases, determine revenue projections, track costs, and develop budgets
In conjunction with NAFSA stakeholders, conceptualizes, acquires, and administers the launch of books, e-books, e-docs, and other output to be published
Oversees all matters related to production and ensures that publications are produced to meet NAFSA’s standard of excellence
Maintains a consistent year-to-year product pipeline and cash inflow from planned publications while remaining on schedule and within budget
Takes active part in line editing and copyediting of manuscripts as needed
Motivates and ensures effective performance of all the members of various publishing teams
Acts as an interface between senior management and publishing operations
Manages both the print and electronic editorial and production processes of NAFSA’s publishing program (exclusive of periodicals and web/social media) 40%
Plans and manages editorial work schedules for a team of editors; works closely with the DED to plan the overall flow of work
Negotiates, drafts, and maintains work agreements and contracts with both paid and volunteer writers
Develops and maintains effective relationships with designers and vendors as well as managing quality control on subcontracted publication processes
Manages the quality editing of in-house products
Provides publication production and editorial service support to other NAFSA staff members and units as assigned by the DED
Manages select business practices for NAFSA publications (10%)
Provides oversight of all business practices, including invoices, reports, permissions, royalty payments, etc.
Conducts internal and external book order fulfillment operations, including NAFSA’s relationships with external fulfillment agencies
Manages the NAFSA bookstore at the annual conference, including the prior acquisition and logistics of publications inventory from outside publishers.
Administers online bookstore services, partnering with NAFSA staff colleagues to keep the site running smoothly
Collaborates closely with the DED and NAFSA’s marketing team to effectively support the marketing of all non-periodical published products.
Manages customer service-related issues for all NAFSA publications.
Other duties, responsibilities, and tasks as assigned by the DED (5%)
As representatives of a membership organization with a broad and diverse range of activities related to education and training, NAFSA staff possess more than simply specialized capabilities. Each individual is expected to take the initiative to become knowledgeable about the organization as a whole. Association members and other staff expect colleagues to be accessible and responsive, to convey a positive attitude, and to exhibit a high degree of professionalism.
The workday is generally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The week after Memorial Day to Labor Day, it is 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.
Travel is required occasionally related to job responsibilities, especially for the annual conference, regional meetings, and other leadership meetings. Participation in the NAFSA annual conference the week of Memorial Day, including the holiday itself, is a job requirement. The annual conference is held in varying cities in the U.S.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
A minimum of five (5) years of book publishing experience
Superior communication skills, both oral and written, with strong editorial capabilities (writing, editing, proofreading)
Experience with contracting and RFP generation in relation to publishing activities
Print on demand and traditional offset bidding and management experience
Ability to think strategically through projects and communicate ideas effectively while working collaboratively with internal teams
Experience in distributing products through online channels
Excellent leadership, budgetary, and interpersonal skills that include staff management and supervision, cross-team collaboration, and mentorship
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple streams of work, prioritize appropriately, and problem solve effectively in complex situations
Master’s degree in a related field
Experience with print/digital optimization
Familiarity with Amazon bookselling
Web and online multimedia experience
Proficiency in effective product marketing
Project management involving association/nonprofit volunteer groups or components
Experience in or exposure to international education
About NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is an organization of people dedicated to building a global community and fostering a more peaceful world through advancing international higher education. With approximately 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world’s largest professional development and advocacy organization committed to international learning and creating a more globally engaged, welcoming, and educated United States.
NAFSA believes that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals, and builds leadership for the global community. We believe that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all.
NAFSA is a workplace that not only appreciates diversity but believes it is our strength, and we strive to create an inclusive culture for all our team members. NAFSA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Learn more about NAFSA at www.nafsa.org.