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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: N7057 / Supv,Editorial,Digital & Prod
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


This position provides strong management, strategy, and technical expertise to the organization, sets short, medium, and long-term evolving goals for the unit's digital products. Oversees the articulation and quantification of product requirements, the adoption of new technologies, and the definition of standard procedures for digital product editing and launching. Brings together functional experts across content and technology to deliver first class products in higher education and practice across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Manages relationships with authors and other partners; manages people and resources across departments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion and enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.
  2. Establishes and implements short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects changes required for improvement.
  3. Oversees all facets of the daily operations of the organizational unit, ensuring compliance with the University, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations.
  4. Manages the conceptualization, development, maintenance and expansion of digital publishing projects, including digital-only publications, simultaneous print and digital publications, and print publications converted for digital use.
  5. Develops and implements short- and long-range product roadmap for the division.
  6. Prioritizes frontlist and backlist publishing strategies (print and/or electronic) on a seasonal and on-going basis and creates and implements a seasonal and ongoing sales plan.
  7. Expands markets and sales channels for non-print projects. Prepares, negotiates and executes sales and licensing agreements with vendors and distributors. Reviews and evaluates existing vendor agreements and re-negotiates terms with eBook vendors and content aggregators as needed.
  8. Participates in the development of annual operating budgets and provides fiscal direction to the unit.
  9. Plans and coordinates the development, implementation, and execution of special projects and other initiatives designed to achieve the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the organization.
  10. Advises and collaborates with other staff to evaluate and manage resources for conversion, enhancement, marketing, sales, intellectual property management and tracking of publications in non-print form.
  11. Reports on revenue, market data, and anticipated trends for digital (and other non-print) publications. Develops monthly reports to keep Director and staff apprised of progress.
  12. Works with other departments to develop procedures and systems for appropriate recordkeeping related to expenses and revenues for digital publishing.
  13. Coordinates the development or enhancement of third party software by working with outside consultants to ensure that the software interfaces with in-house information systems.
  14. Provides training, advice, guidance, and technical expertise to lower level staff.
  15. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and systems associated with digital publishing and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing and design software.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with InDesign, ePub, XML, and other languages and technologies related to e-books and electronic publishing.
  • Strong knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of digital publishing and development.
  • Knowledge of management principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and their resolution in an effective and timely manner.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Strong analytical communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize projects.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Strong knowledge in digital book publishing processes and best practices.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) administering evolving editorial and production functions encompassing multiple authored publications of key significance to the university. b) Providing leadership and oversight for editorial and production functions; c) coordinating the publication process including communication with editors, authors, staff, e-publishers, and print publishers; d) collaborating in the selection of e-vendors, illustrators and other contributors; and e) evaluating and editing the content, structure, and format of a range of written materials.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017