Director, UVA Press

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The University of Virginia Press (UVaP) seeks its next director to oversee the scholarly integrity of its books, monographs, and digital imprint; public engagement on critical ideas and issues; and daily operations of a sustainable business model. The incoming director will have the opportunity to shape the direction of UVaP by both acquiring and approving all projects for publication, overseeing the financial health of the press, and pursuing opportunities that support both the mission of UVA Press, as well as the greater University.

University of Virginia Press

The University of Virginia Press was founded in 1963 to advance the intellectual interests not only of the University of Virginia, but also of institutions of higher learning throughout the state. A member of the Association of University Presses, UVaP currently publishes seventy new titles annually. New titles are approved by the board of directors after a rigorous process of peer review. The UVaP editorial program focuses primarily on the humanities and social sciences with special concentrations in American history, African American studies, southern studies, literature, ecocriticism, architecture, and regional books. While it continuously pursues new titles, UVaP also maintains a backlist of over 1,000 titles in print.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop and advance the mission of the press, and its capacity to innovate, in the highly evolving scholarly publishing landscape.

  • Oversee changing platforms for knowledge dissemination, creative and inclusive acquisition strategies, and sustainable financial models that support access, equity, and diversity.

  • Manage all UVA Press operations, including acquisitions, staff hiring, sales and marketing, editorial, digital imprint, and strategic budgeting and operations to ensure the scholarly integrity, public engagement, and financial health and sustainability of the press.

  • Enhance the public profile of the press through the initiation and development of partnerships, collaborations, and social and print media.

  • Represent the University in all matters pertaining to UVA Press both internally and externally as the publisher.

  • Cultivate relationships and new partnerships with UVA faculty and staff, and enhance the profile of the press at UVA.

  • Pursue collaborative opportunities with external partners, including regional and national organizations.

  • Oversee acquisitions policy and functions, including final recommendations of all proposed titles sent to the editorial board for review.

  • Work directly with the editorial board and staff on final project decisions that advance the press’ mission.

  • Ensure the maintenance and enhancement of the physical plant, as well as implement the technology needed to support a scholarly press in the 21st century.

Candidate Profile

We seek a dynamic candidate with a demonstrated record of creative, inspiring, and accomplished leadership in complex environments; someone with exceptional integrity who possesses the highest level of commitment to advancing organizational priorities; and whose previous experience is consistent with the University’s commitment to be both great and good. Although the University will consider a range of profiles, expressions of interest are sought from candidates possessing the following:

Desired Qualifications
  • A strong track record of leadership experience in a publishing setting

  • Ability to build relationships with faculty, scholars, peer reviewers, and authors

  • Commitment to and passion for advancing knowledge, and an understanding of the distinctive role of university presses in knowledge production

  • Deep knowledge of both the scholarly publishing landscape and the trade publishing landscape

  • Ability to foster a diverse and inclusive working environment

  • Experience building partnerships, both internally and externally

  • Experience leading digital publishing initiatives

  • Extensive budget management, forecasting, and strategic planning experience

  • A track record in fundraising, both through grants and private gifts and donations

  • A track record of data-driven decision making

Apply or Nominate

UVA Executive Search Group, an internal search firm in the Office of the President, is assisting in the recruitment of the next Director, UVA Press.

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Ashley Milligan, Search Consultant, at

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume via Workday. The search will be carried out with full confidentiality.


Education: Bachelor's degree

Licensure: None


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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