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The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Publisher in New York, New York

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Standard Work Schedule:
  • Building:
  • Salary Range: $140,000 - $160,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The publisher of Columbia Global Reports is in charge of the business side of a small, high-quality, high-impact journalistic book publishing company at Columbia University. The publisher is responsible for all aspects of the design, production, distribution, publicity, marketing, and sales of our books, and has supervisory authority over our budget. We are a small house where everyone works together closely on all decisions, including editorial ones, which come under the direct authority of our director.

The publisher has a multi-faceted role overseeing the many steps from manuscript to a published book, including negotiating author contracts, setting a publication schedule, making sure deadlines are met, and executing a strategy for publicity and promotion at publication.


Maintain CGR's high standards for editorial, design, and promotion, both in-house and among our production and design teams.

Handle all revenue-producing decisions, including book pricing, negotiating terms with authors, and working closely with our rights agency on audiobook and foreign rights sales, among others. The publisher, along with the Director, oversees the budget and an economic strategy for Columbia Global Reports.

Work closely with CGR's distributor, PGW/Ingram, to maximize sales, minimize returns, and manage inventory and distribution. The publisher presents the CGR list at seasonal sales conferences.

Establish a good working relationship with each author, set expectations and goals for their role in promoting the book, and work closely with them to achieve these goals.

Arrange author events and publicity for each title, including book reviews, excerpts, media appearances, and journalistic coverage.

Oversee and work closely with our various partners and freelancers, including our designers, production team, royalties and sales accountant, rights agency, audiobook publisher, and freelance publicists when involved.

Attend bookselling conferences, such as Winter Institute and Regional shows. Meet regularly with independent booksellers around the country to build relationships.

Generate ideas for how CGR can improve in all areas, including unique ways of reaching readers, supporters, and booksellers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Minimum 7-9 years of related experience.

  • Must bring imagination, flair, diligence, and persistence to the task of publishing CGR titles and getting readers and media attention for each book. Must be a team leader and a team player in working with a small, but dedicated staff. Must have extensive publishing experience and contacts, Confidentiality and discretion are required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree desirable; with ten (plus) years of related experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Minimum Salary: 31200.00 Maximum Salary: 31200.00 Salary Unit: Yearly