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CUNY Executive Director/Publisher (Administrative Executive Officer) - Feminist Press in New York, New York

Job Title: Executive Director/Publisher (Administrative Executive Officer) - Feminist Press

Job ID: 22277

Location: Graduate Center

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master's programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center's commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City's intellectual and cultural life.

Founded in 1970, the Feminist Press at the City University of New York, is the longest-running non-profit educational feminist literary publisher in the world. In these times of rapid change for publishing, fund-raising, and feminism, the Feminist Press has established itself as a singular voice in movements for gender equality and social justice. It continues to be an activist press, serving the women's studies movement by publishing excellent, "lost" literature by women, in part for the collegiate curriculum, and publishing original works by current feminist writers from around the world for a diverse general readership. Please visit for more information.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director/Publisher is responsible for the publishing program, budget, staff, and will build partnerships and engage with CUNY and the wider public. The Executive Director will ensure that the Press's operating budget is fully supported by a combination of earned income, in part from the sale of books and rights, and in part from individual donations, events, and grants. S/he will manage e-book technology and sales, and leverage social media to increase sales and to fundraise. The Executive Director will offer strategies for increasing sales and fundraising.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Administers the finances of the Feminist Press in collaboration with the Board of Directors;

  • Communicates effectively with varied constituencies of the Feminist Press, important among them are other CUNY groups and institutions;

  • Enhances strategic and intellectual relationships with feminist and women's/gender studies communities and other social justice organizations;

  • Leads and manages the development programs of the Feminist Press to bring in half of the required budget;

  • Oversees the daily operations of the Feminist Press, including the recruitment and supervision of staff members and interns;

  • Sustains, develops, and implements the Feminist Press's publishing program, using electronic and other marketing strategies to maintain earned income as half of the budget;

  • Partners with the Board of Directors on governance issues; and

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' relevant experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • Excellent literary taste and editing, writing, and marketing skills, and experience in book publishing or relevant industry.

  • Experience with e-book technology and sales, web-marketing and all forms of social media.

  • Experience securing foundation and corporate support, funds from individual donors and from organizing fundraising events.

  • Knowledge of feminism, women's studies, and Feminist Press books used in classrooms and libraries, and books sold in bookstores.

  • Ability to work with the Board of Directors to develop annual budgets, three-year plans and forecasts, as well as oversee the annual audit, manage cash flow, legal compliance, investments, and other balance sheet issues.

  • Ability to manage and budget for a small team.

  • Demonstrated success as a creative thinker and spokesperson.

  • Ability to attract authors and donors to the organization's programs.


As a senior staff member in a Campus or University Executive's office, leads unit initiatives, participates in planning and setting priorities, and drives strategic initiatives to ensure their success.

  • Participates in planning and in setting policies with responsibility for preparing aspects of strategic and operational plans. Participates in developing and executing performance management systems to evaluate progress.

  • Works with other Campus and University units to oversee complex, high-priority projects, with responsibility for outcomes.

  • Represents the Executive in Campus or University-wide activities and may act in his/her place when required.

  • Independently carries out major responsibilities under the Executive's purview, such as monitoring and evaluating unit activities, financial planning and review, serving as chair of key committees, and communications with senior Campus or University management.

  • May serve as Chief of Staff of a large Executive Office.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Administrative Executive Officer


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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