Now Hiring: Art Director

Art Director — UNC Press

The University of North Carolina Press, located in beautiful Chapel Hill, is seeking a talented Art Director to join the Editing, Design, and Production Department. The individual in this position will be responsible for managing UNC Press cover and text designs for our growing and diverse list of general interest and academic titles. UNC Press is entering its 100th year of publishing, and the Art Director will be well positioned to take a leading role in building upon a long tradition of design excellence. 

This position reports to the Director of Editorial, Design, and Production (EDP).

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Independently manage all in-house designers and freelancers for approximately 120 new projects annually.
  • Design approximately 30 covers and 15 interiors annually.
  • Organize, assign, supervise, and art-direct in-house and freelance designers, ensuring that designs consistently meet high standards of quality and expectations, as well as deadline and budget needs.
  • Maintain and grow a diverse freelancer pool.
  • Provide insight and feedback on design concepts from authors and acquisition editors.
  • Manage the internal circulation, revisions, and approval of cover concepts with Press staff and authors.
  • Conduct photo research, commission illustrations, hire photographers.
  • Maintain and update the interior design template program.
  • Review new paperback cover conversions.
  • Attend cover concept and seasonal launch meetings.

Preferred Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree and academic training in the graphic arts and 7 years of staff-level experience, including at least 1 year of management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Thorough understanding of book design and sound knowledge of typesetting, prepress, and printing.  
  • Expert knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as familiarity with Microsoft Office, FileMaker, and eBook technology (e.g., XML, ePub).
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, are essential, as are excellent planning, organizational, and time-management skills. Must have a solid background in art direction, leading and cultivating talent, problem-solving, diplomacy, and negotiation, and the ability to work under pressure.
  • Proven track record of prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work.

This is a full-time (on-site) position with salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2021. Interested candidates should email their resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the Director of Human Resources, Adele Sommerville, at Additionally, please include a portfolio of published book interior and jacket/cover designs that best represent your body of work in both range (e.g., highly illustrated, scholarly monographs, tabular material) and talent (e.g., creativity, innovation, knowledge of typography).

About UNC Press

UNC Press is a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general interest books and journals, affiliated with the University of North Carolina System. Over nearly a century, the Press has earned the reputation for publishing engaging, enduring scholarship and books that explore important questions, spark lively debates, generate ideas, and move inquiry forward. UNC Press prides itself on publishing books that do not merely observe but seek to understand, to explain, and thereby to improve our world. The Press’s offices are located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the thriving Research Triangle region of North Carolina, which is consistently rated one of the best places to live in the nation. Our publishing perspective is at once local, national, and international, extending from our offices in Chapel Hill across North Carolina and around the globe. To learn more about the Press, visit

UNC Press values diversity, equity, and inclusion in word and deed. The work we publish reflects a commitment to engaging diverse voices and experiences and bringing them to the widest possible audience. Similarly, we value a workplace that welcomes different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision making as we carry out our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.