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Outreach and Development Manager

The University of Minnesota Press seeks a highly motivated, self-directed, and out-going individual to work with the Director, as well as coordinate with key members of the management and editorial teams. The Outreach and Development Manager will maintain and develop relationships with university press stakeholders (community, university, scholarly), will coordinate the press's subvention and subsidy request programs, and will research potential funders for projects and draft grant proposals. This is a writing-intensive position. This position requires outreach and engagement at some public events throughout the year. The successful candidate will have the ability to exercise sound judgment and will have excellent written, verbal, and decision-making skills.

Director’s Office Projects (40%)

Working with the Director, maintain communications with press stakeholders, including but not limited to other university units, community leaders, funders, authors, and publishing partners.  Draft copy for e-newsletters and other communications.

Respond to queries regarding the press’ program and operations on behalf of the Director, coordinating as necessary with other key members of the management and editorial teams.

Subvention and fundraising (55%)

Manage the press’ institutional subvention and subsidy application processes, including maintaining database of funders and deadlines.  Research new potential sources of publishing subsidies.

Draft and coordinate grant applications to foundations and other established giving programs.  Prepare progress and final reports on grants as necessary. 

Research and contact potential funders (individual, institutional, and corporate) for forthcoming press publications, coordinating with other key members of the management and editorial teams as well as with authors.  Coordinate meetings with and prepare materials for presentations to funders.

Maintain relationships with current press funders.

Act as press liaison with the University of Minnesota Foundation, including working within the UMF Donor Management System to provide reporting to the university press management team.

Gather information and data and prepare materials for meetings with stakeholder groups as necessary

Miscellaneous Projects, as assigned (5%)


BA in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Art or related field, or 4 years combined equivalent education and experience.


Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The ability to work collaboratively and independently.

Prior book publishing experience, preferably at a university press.


Interested applicants should apply at the University of Minnesota's employment site. (Job ID: 323742)