Director International Center for Performance Excellence/FiT Publishing

Director #298

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Posting Date: September 23, 2014
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
FLSA Status: Exempt
Job Status: Non-Classified
FT/PT Status: Full-Time
Work Location: WVU College of Physical Activity & Sport Sciences
Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Monday – Friday

The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS) at West Virginia University, under the Dean’s office, is recruiting applicants for the position of Director of the International Center for Performance Excellence (ICPE) and its publishing division, FiT Publishing. The Director will be responsible for acquisitions and marketing oversight of FiT Publishing’s academic textbooks, reference books, trade books, academic journals, and other publishing products and will travel to and participate in professional association conferences to showcase FiT’s publishing products. The Director is expected to work in accordance with the CPASS strategic plan and serve on the CPASS International Advisory Committee. The Director will report directly to the Dean’s office and will also be responsible for the overall management of the ICPE, including budgeting oversight and supervision of the unit’s staff.

Professional Qualifications: Qualifications include at least a Bachelor’s degree in business-related disciplines, sport and exercise sciences, communications, or related fields. Applicants must also possess at least five years of experience working in a publishing environment, preferably relating specifically to academic publishing, and two years of supervision experience. The successful candidate will also be required to have excellent writing skills and oral, interpersonal, and organizational communication skills as well as superior skills in problem solving, organization, persuasion, and time management. The candidate will be expected to have the ability to develop and cultivate relationships with scholars in the sport and exercise sciences, physical education, and other disciplines. The successful candidate is also expected to maintain professional business relationships with buyers, distributors, and other vendors utilized in the publishing industry. The candidate should also have demonstrated knowledge of acquisitions and marketing of publishing products. The successful candidate will have an active role in furthering the internationalization of CPASS.

Review of Applications: Review of applications will begin October 13, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be expected to start in early January, 2015.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Letter of Application/Nomination and Credentials: You will need to upload your application with supporting credentials as one document at the link below (letter of application, résumé, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of a minimum of three professional references). The application letter should address: (1) previous publishing industry experience, highlighting experience specific to academic publishing; (2) experience as it relates to acquisitions, marketing, and sales; (3) experience with budget oversight; and (4) history of supervisory duties.

Location: West Virginia University is a comprehensive, land-grant university with approximately 28,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students. The city of Morgantown has 55,000 residents with affordable housing, excellent schools, family oriented community, a picturesque countryside and many outdoor activities. Morgantown has been ranked as the “#1 Small City in America,” the “Best Small City in the East,” and the “3rd-Best Small Town” in the nation. This area has a strong economy and an unemployment rate well below the national average. West Virginia University has created a dual career program to help faculty partners or spouses find employment in and around the university (

This position requires the following:

  • Background Check

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer. Underrepresented class members are encouraged to apply. This includes: minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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