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The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. The NSTA publishes 5 journals, books for education and professional learning, classroom materials, and other educational products that are highly acclaimed and respected in the field. The list of approx. 250 titles includes print and e-books, series, and NSTA Kids books and has projected annual revenue of $2.4M. The association is seeking a dynamic director to consolidate the books and journals programs and lead the initiative to implement a digital-first strategy that will position it for future growth.
POSITION SUMMARY The Director of Publishing and Digital Initiatives will be responsible for the effective leadership, management, and operations of the publishing program and ensures that the products support the NSTA’s vision and meet industry standards of excellence. A primary function will be developing and executing a plan, including financial analysis and staffing, to transition the books and journals to a digital-first strategy designed to increase efficiency and profitability for e-books and journals and electronic resources. The Director should be well-versed in commercial aspects of publishing including acquisitions, production, sales, and financial planning. The Director identifies and develops current and future opportunities to strengthen the position of the publishing program in the marketplace and lead its development and expansion. As a member of the executive team, the Director is responsible for providing strategic direction for the publishing operation in collaboration with volunteers, leadership and staff to ensure that values and organizational goals are met. The Director reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the fiscal and operating performance of the publishing program, including the management of the content development/acquisitions process, books, journals, production, sales, licensing, and distribution/fulfillment. The position can be located in the NSTA office or be fully remote in the US.
SPECIFIC OPERATING RESPONSIBILITIES
Formulate and implement plans for the publishing enterprise to ensure revenue growth and profitability for existing and future product lines.
Identify new publishing technologies, partnerships, innovations and opportunities in order to promote the widest possible dissemination of information to teachers and their students.
Supervise the key staff for the books and journals and production teams and coordinate marketing and educational products.
Manage the acquisitions and peer review process and develop and implement a process and criteria to inform evidence-based decision-making in collaboration with volunteers and staff.
Manage the publishing staff and outside vendors, including freelance, contractors, and resellers.
Manage and oversee the sales effort to ensure a sound network and strong results.
Negotiate and manage contracts to ensure favorable terms.
Identify and implement ways to improve organizational structure and efficiency, support staff initiative, and promote professional development.
Oversee warehousing and fulfillment to ensure inventory is cost-effectively maintained and revisions are planned on a timely basis.
Manage the financial performance of the books and journal departments.
Provide planning and leadership for the future direction of publishing investments, as well as the allocation of resources, particularly in the area of electronic publishing.
Develop and manage annual budgets within the context of organizational goals.
Build and maintain a fiscally sound publishing operation to support the mission of the NSTA.
Lead the publishing entity into state-of-the-art publishing strategy alliances, online technology, a dynamic internet presence that supports the enterprise, and efficient and cost-effective digital delivery of all publishing products according to current standards and best practices for mobile devices and e-book formats in collaboration with the IT department.
Develop a plan for journal hosting that will support subscription sales in collaboration with the IT department.
Serves on the NSTA’s management team to work and support strategic goals of the NSTA.
Coordinate content development, peer review, and new project planning with education, marketing, operations, and member committees and boards.
Oversee the provision of analytic and fiscal information to the Executive team and Executive Board as required.
Bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of related publishing experience.
Experience in books/journals, production, electronic publishing, and developing sales channels.
Ability to analyze a variety of complex administrative and organizational issues and make sound policy and procedural recommendations.
Experience in developing and monitoring budgets and supervising staff.
Excellent oral and written communication skills with ability to effectively interact with NSTA leadership, members, staff, and other organizations.
The ability to handle normal physical demands of an office environment.
Excellent benefits including flexible schedule, medical & dental insurance, generous paid leave & 401(k) match. Metro-accessible, (Rosslyn/Courthouse), free parking available.
NSTA is located in Arlington, VA. Interested candidates should provide a resume and cover letter outlining specific qualifications to: Jack Farrell (see below) EOE: M/F/disability/veteran
NOTE: NSTA has exclusively retained Jack Farrell & Associates (www.jackfarrell.com) to find the winning candidate for this position. Interested candidates should contact Jack Farrell (email@example.com). Thank you. JO 202111124