Director of Intellectual Property

Location
Chicago
Posted
May 06, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit:

Unit Job Summary: Manages the Press's intellectual property (IP) in the Books and Journals Divisions. Develops, revises, and oversees all licensing policies and initiatives pertaining to Press-owned content. This includes the contracts and permissions programs of the Press. Responsible for growth and maintenance of IP licensing opportunities that are key revenue generators for the Press. Identifies and pursues new channels for rights licensing, including but not limited to international translation and use rights, digital licensing, copyright permissions, audio and dramatic rights, translations, course use and online educational initiatives, co-publication exports, and library aggregates. Routinely assesses Press's contracts in light of best practices in IP management to ensure that the Press is managing its assets as aggressively and successfully as possible. Advises management, Press authors, editors, and editorial assistants about obtaining permissions from other publishers for use in Press publications. Liaises with University Counsel's Office to ensure compliance with IP policies. Manages collaboration with University Counsel's Office for all legal challenges, complex contracts with authors, or problems involving Press vendors. Serves as best-practices resource for all matters pertaining to IP and publishing within the Press, the University community, and with Press partners. Works within AAUP and publishing communities to implement and update best practices in Fair Use and other intellectual property management. Attends and represents the Press at relevant industry conferences. Serves as Press liaison to Copyright Clearance Center. Manages the Press's relationship with anti-piracy service providers. Responsible for annual revenue and expense budgets for this department. Supervises Contracts Associate/Manager; International Rights Manager; International Rights Associate; student assistants. This position reports to the Director of the Press.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Law or similar advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Minimum of five (5) years related experience required. Previous experience in contracts, rights, and licensing environment required. Previous experience in publishing preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Analytic and strategic planning skills required. Independent motivation and follow through required. Negotiating skills. Ability to work with minimum supervision required. Staff management experience preferred.