The Director of Publications is a member of the senior staff of
the American Philosophical Society (APS) and reports directly to
its Executive Officer. The ideal candidate will bring
leadership and vision to the oldest scholarly imprint in North
America and will develop and grow the Society’s publication through
an active recruitment and acquisitions program.
The Director is responsible for acquiring manuscripts,
supervising editorial staff, maintaining contact with authors and
vendors, receiving manuscripts for review and possible publication,
coordinating the marketing and distribution of publications.
The Director is also responsible for presenting reviewed works to
the Society’s Committee on Publications for discussion and
decision. Editorial production work involves copy editing and
proofreading accepted manuscripts, working with outside compositors
and printers to publish books and collaborating with the APS
fulfillment department to market published works. The
Director will shepherd manuscripts through the review and editorial
process, including working with authors to improve their
manuscripts while exploring partnerships with other presses,
especially university presses, to expand the reach of the APS
The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society
in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for
the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.” In the 21st century
the Society sustains this mission in three principal ways.
- It honors and engages leading scholars, scientists, and
professionals through elected membership and opportunities for
interdisciplinary, intellectual fellowship, particularly in its
- It supports research and discovery through grants and
fellowships, lectures, publications, prizes, exhibitions, and
- It serves scholars through a research library of manuscripts
and other collections internationally recognized for their enduring
The American Philosophical Society’s current activities reflect
the founder’s spirit of inquiry, provide a forum for the free
exchange of ideas, and convey the conviction that intellectual
inquiry and critical thought are inherently in the best interest of
the public. For more information about APS, please visit:
- Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience required working in a
nonprofit or scholarly publishing environment
- Thorough understanding and skill in all aspects of journal and
- Strong written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal
skills; demonstrated ability to relate well to individuals from
- Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and projects
- Demonstration of good judgment, professionalism and the highest
standards of ethical conduct.
- Effectively manage budgets, organizational resources, and
produce Director of Publications Reports for bi-annual Members
Compensation & Benefits
- The APS offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive
benefits package including health & dental insurance,
retirement, life insurance, and disability benefits.
Please submit a resume or CV with a cover letter detailing your
interest in the position via Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/98579
References will be requested for finalists.
The American Philosophical Society is an equal opportunity
employer, dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment
on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, gender,
religion, or national origin. The APS values diversity in its many
forms and encourages diverse applicants to apply.
All APS staff must provide proof of vaccination against