April 9, 2018

Publications Director

Independent Institute
April 9, 2018
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Publications Director

Independent Institute

Oakland, CA

About the Independent Institute

The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, public-policy research and educational organization that shapes ideas into profound and lasting impact through publications, conferences, and effective multi-media programs. Our mission is to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity.

About the Opening

The Publications Director is responsible for leading and supervising Independent’s publishing activities, working with research staff to produce research and policy-related books, reports, and monographs; overseeing the design, budgeting, and production of monographs or journals; and designing and executing a marketing plan to improve dissemination and increase sales of the organization's research publications.

The Publications Director provides design and production oversight of Independent’s print and digital creative assets, and oversees the detailed aspects of producing publications, periodicals and marketing collateral at Independent. This includes maintaining contacts with authors, other departments within the organization, and outside vendors. The Director employs best-in-class practices and is committed to excellence, teamwork and continuous improvement in meeting and fulfilling all required tasks.

The Publications Director fully participates in the development and implementation of Independent’s Strategic Plan and the concurrent development of the Publications Operating Plan with related budgets and schedules. The Director works closely with other departments to make certain that the print and digital materials of Independent properly reflect Independent’s branding, mission and values and its commitment to excellence, making certain that the requirements of specific assignments are fully satisfied in a brand consistent, cost-effective, and timely manner. Key responsibilities include:

  • Branding. Work with the executive team and other departments to explore and define design solutions to support the brand. Build out the brand guidelines as needed.
  • Design. Provide design support, maintain quality control, and manage the detailed aspects of print and digital production, including contacting vendors and other Independent departments. Remain organized and detail-oriented. Maintain appropriate file-handling protocol. Prepare and submit files to printers and vendors in good order.
  • Publications. Manage the design and production of books, publication covers, The Independent newsletter, Independent Thought, briefings, reports, booklets, and policy reports.
  • Marketing, development and event collateral. Develop and oversee the production of materials as needed, including the design, layout, and production of the Annual Report, invitations, ads, marketing materials, and other promotional collateral. Contribute design expertise as appropriate.
  • Digital. Provide digital assets and solutions for web, email and social media use and distribution.

In fulfilling production responsibilities for materials, the Director primarily uses common page-layout, digital illustration, and image editing programs, as well as common internet tools for web publishing, such as InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5 or more years of print and digital production and marketing with management experience preferably in the book publishing industry
  • History of successful project management, creating and following multiple schedules and timelines with competing deadlines
  • Proficiency with standard word processing programs
  • Familiarity with web and digital production processes and knowledge of prepress production
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat)
  • Excellent written, verbal, and computer skills with keen attention to details

The Graphics Designer, Production Editor, and Marketing Manager report to the Director who establishes Performance Objectives and evaluates their performance.  The Publications Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer who establishes Performance Objectives and evaluates performance.

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your name in the file:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in Independent Institute, why you are qualified for this role, and your salary requirements
  • Two samples of your work

Please include “Publications Director, II–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise. 

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