Marketing Director

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

567454030 Press Books-Marketing

About the Unit
Since its origins in 1890 as one of the three main divisions of the University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Press has embraced as its mission the obligation to disseminate scholarship of the highest standard and to publish serious works that promote education, foster public understanding, and enrich cultural life. Through our books and journals, we seek not only to advance scholarly conversation within and across traditional disciplines but, in keeping with the University of Chicago's experimental tradition, to help define new areas of knowledge and intellectual endeavor.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Press seeks an experienced and accomplished Marketing Director for its Books Division. The Marketing Director is a member of the Press's executive management team and provides leadership and management for the Marketing and Sales Department in the Books Division. The Press publishes annually an average of 300 books, both print and digital, and provides marketing and sales support for 7-800 books from the Press's marketing client publishers.

The position is based on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park campus.


  • The Marketing Director is responsible for: promoting the Press's brand and for establishing strategic goals and priorities both domestically and internationally within the Marketing and Sales Department and for overseeing their implementation; working with Press management to explore options and define the strategic direction of the Press with regard to long term business development, system needs, and budget priorities; managing the marketing client publisher distribution program; overseeing marketing input on Press publishing decisions, publishing plans, and prices; projecting and achieving annual sales goals for the Press and its client publishers; and developing and managing the Marketing and Sales Department annual revenue and expense budget. The Marketing Director is responsible for an annual expense budget of over $5 million, manages a department of 27 full-time staff members, and oversees annual sales of approximately $26 million.
  • The Marketing Director has six direct reports: Sales Director, Promotions Director, International Sales Manager, E-Commerce and Direct-to-Consumer Sales Manager, Reference Marketing Director and Marketing Distribution Manager.

  • Management experience required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Interpersonal skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational 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 organizations positively to internal and external clients required.
  • Ability to travel required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's Degree or higher preferred.

  • Minimum of 10 years progressively responsible leadership and management experience in book publishing and marketing required.
  • Deep understanding of the academic market and the general trade market for serious non-fiction as well as the workings and conventions of print and digital publishing and media required.
  • Experience in university press, scholarly, or professional publishing preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Requires some domestic and international travel.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Note: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 9/12/2018
Application Due: 11/10/2018
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