Now Hiring: Journals Manager

Journals Manager, University of North Carolina Press, Inc.

UNC Press is currently seeking a detail-oriented Journals Manager with excellent organizational skills and the ability necessary to manage multiple projects over extended time horizons, participating in a collaborative work environment where teamwork is key. This position is responsible for running the day-to-day journals program at UNC Press (15 journals) while working with external journal partners and internal colleagues in production, finance, and marketing. This is a growth position as the Press is actively expanding its journals program, including implementing the Next Generation Library Publishing technology stack and working with our subsidiary Longleaf Services to expand open access journal publishing throughout the statewide UNC System. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the primary point person for UNC Press journal partners and vendors
  • Work closely with the journals coordinator to maintain publication schedules
  • Maintain subscription and digital usage statistics
  • Assist scholarly society partners in regular membership emails
  • Work with vendor partners such as EBSCO, ProQuest, JSTOR, and Project MUSE in ongoing initiatives
  • Prepare annual reports for journal partners
  • Work with the COO to prospect for new partners
  • Work with the marketing department to promote journal content
  • Serve as primary point person for UNC System open access journal partners and vendors
  • Develop and manage the UNC System open access platform and program
  • Onboard UNC System journal partners and train them on the platform
  • Provide support to journal partners and vendors as needed


  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and over extended time horizons 
  • Experience in the production of scholarly content
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
  • Proficient in all Microsoft 365 applications, including Outlook, Excel, and Word as well as Adobe Acrobat

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Four years of publishing experience with at least half of that in scholarly journals 
  • Completion of associate or bachelor’s degree, or attainment of equivalent work experience
  • Knowledge of open access trends and best practices
  • Experience working with campus-based publishing initiatives
  • Knowledge of workflow tools like Open Journals System, Janeway Systems, or an equivalent journals management system

Company Benefits: 

  • State Health Plan of North Carolina underwritten by BCBSNC
  • NCFlex State Insurance Plans: dental, vision, accident, and Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical and Dependent Care
  • AD&D, cancer, critical care, and life
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 14 paid holidays per year
  • 2 paid community service days
  • Retirement and investment plans, including supplemental plans and access to financial advisors
  • State Employees’ Credit Union Membership

This position reports to the COO.

To Apply:

Provide a cover letter, resume, salary requirement and contact information for three professional references to Adele Sommerville, Chief Human Resources Officer, UNC Press, The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only finalists will be contacted.

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. From its early days, the Press adopted the principle that its books should not merely observe but seek to understand, explain, and thereby improve our world. In keeping with that principle, UNC Press became the first scholarly publisher to develop an ongoing program of books by and about African Americans, beginning in the late 1920s, and was at the vanguard of the interdisciplinary field of gender and women’s studies in the 1970s. In addition to works on global history, religion, politics, and culture, the Press pioneered one of the earliest and strongest regional publishing programs in the country, publishing books on the people, culture, and environment of the South, cultivating a vital legacy for the future. The Press is also a leading publisher of works of Indigenous studies and histories of the carceral state, among other subjects that engage with pressing issues of social concern. 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 conduct our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will build upon our past efforts to attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.