Head of Publishing

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Head of Publishing (LSE Press)

Salary from £50,606 to £58,505 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £65,157 pa inclusive of London allowance

LSE is a world-leading social science research institution with global impact. Launched in May 2018, LSE Press is a platform for high quality, open access research in the social sciences. Through rigorous peer-review and the use of innovative digital approaches, the Press aims to promote the widest possible engagement with social science research.

Since its launch the Press has published 13 books covering a range of topics from both LSE and external authors and 5 journals. LSE Press publications demonstrate wide public engagement and growing the Press is one of the key objectives of the LSE Research Strategy. Student work is published through our Houghton Street Press imprint, both as part of taught programmes and as discrete student-led publication enterprises.

The Press is managed by a small, dedicated Library team and a well-established Editorial Board, led by the newly appointed Chair of Editorial Board.

We are seeking a highly motivated, creative individual with experience of working in academic publishing, as our Head of Publishing, to lead the next phase of LSE Press growth, one of the key deliverables of the School’s new Research Strategy. The Head of Publishing will lead the business development of the Press, managing an efficient, author-focused publishing service and building a distinctive publication portfolio of the highest academic quality. They will drive continuous evolution and innovation of the Press by contributing specialist and forward-thinking knowledge and experience from the scholarly publishing field.

We are looking for people who can use initiative and creativity to expand the LSE Press, leading the LSE Press team to deliver an excellent service and building positive relationships with authors. You must have excellent communication skills and extensive experience in publishing. Your creativity and people skills must be underpinned by strong organisational ability and a focus on delivering successful publication projects.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave, hybrid working, and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to www.jobs.lse.ac.uk. If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email b.clark1@lse.ac.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is 7 January 2024 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Interviews will take place the week beginning 15 January 2024.

Head of Publishing