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Director of Production

Salaried part-time position, 25 hours per week

BOA Editions, Ltd., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit publisher of poetry and short fiction, seeks to bring vital voices to a world of readers. Our mission is to identify, cultivate, and publish writers, both new and established, of diverse backgrounds, varying styles, and unique literary talent. Since our founding in 1976, our authors have won dozens of prestigious awards. True to the model of Orpheus, whose image forms our logo, BOA strives to produce literature with real effects in the world. Support for this effort comes from the sale of our publications, grant funding, and private donations. With a small staff, we do great things.

This position is part-time, 25 hours per week, and located in our Rochester, NY, office.

The Director of Production manages the overall production process for the publication of 10–12 new titles each year in print, eBook, and audiobook formats, as well as managing crucial online activities to ensure the smooth operation of the press. This position reports to the Executive Director/Publisher.

Key responsibilities

  • Build and maintain production schedules for all titles.
  • Communicate production timelines, including deadlines, with authors and designers in collaboration with Publisher/Executive Director.
  • Write, edit, and maintain descriptive copy and title metadata for tip sheets, sales materials, and company website.
  • Prepare title specs, seek manufacturing quotes, and compare options to identify best options for
    printing new titles, reprints, and galleys.
  • Thoroughly proofread all cover and text files with designers/typesetter prior to final printing.
  • Work directly with commercial book manufacturers to upload printer files, check proofs, and ensure timely delivery of finished books. Thoroughly proofread all manuscripts prior to final printing (with assistance from BOA staff and interns).
  • Monitor sales data and warehouse inventory to determine need for reprints, transfer to short-run/print-on-demand programs, stock transfers/publication withdrawals, and other inventory management options as needed.
  • Fulfill direct sales and author orders, monitoring office inventory to determine need for restocking titles.
  • Prepare printer files for eBook conversion and proofread EPUB files prior to distribution.
  • Work with audiobook producer to prepare audiobook metadata, pricing, and upload audio files prior to distribution to meet release deadline for audiobooks.
  • Maintain Visual Arts Library: recruit new local artists for cover art gallery, correspond with artists/new authors, and make sure Visual Art Library website is current.
  • Maintain up-to-date ISBN lists, print file archive, and production archive (with Publisher).
  • Perform periodic quality control checks on all finished books, reprints, POD titles, eBooks, and audiobook files.
  • Administer Poetry/Short Fiction Prize contests and open-reading periods.
  • Receive, process, and assign all contest submissions to volunteer readers.
  • Maintain Submittable account and submissions logs for each contest/reading period.
  • Respond to all queries about each contest and submission period throughout the year.
  • Work directly with Webmaster on any coding or development issues that need to be resolved in a timely manner.
  • Regularly monitor web analytics and performance: sales, visitors, engagement, conversions, top products, device and browser types, traffic referrers, etc.

Teamwork is a hallmark of all aspects of BOA’s operation, so the approach to all tasks and responsibilities is based on open communication and collaboration with other staff members.

This job is part-time, though it may be reviewed for possible upgrade to full-time in the next six months. The schedule will be collaboratively coordinated with Publisher/Executive Director Peter Conners.

Submit cover letter and resumé electronically to Peter Conners at conners@boaeditions.org.