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QU Press - Research Project Manager

Location

Doha, Qatar

Posted

14 January 2019

Apply by

21 February 2019

Description

The Research Project Manager will be required to provide strategic, editorial, contractual, procedural and managerial advice and review for the Director of the Press, such as, standard publishing agreements, copyrights, contracts, peer-review process and policies. 

The Research Project Manager will also give advice on other procedural editorial, production and publishing guidelines for the press. He/she may advise on organizational structure and allocation of work within the Press.

He/she is required to advice on strategic planning and budgeting matters of the Press. He/she may advise on revenue generating agreements and pricing structures, including but not limited to sponsorships, subscriptions and major quotations. He/she may refer and foster the signing of relevant MoUs, agreements and collaborations, on a national and international level.  He/she will be the gatekeeper toward the acquisition and referral of scholarly viable book proposals and articles, as well as the indexing of QU Press journals, raising their impact factor, and the commercialization of books locally and internationally. He/she shall advise on continuous improvement initiatives for the sustainability and growth of the Press. He/she shall seek to uplift the quality of book publications and indexing of journals, as well as their commercialization both locally and internationally.

Key Responsibilities

  • To promote and facilitate the acquisition of scholarly viable projects for the Press. 
  • To review standard publishing agreements and contracts.
  • To review and advice on book proposals and articles.
  • To support the director with the search, assessment of performance and management of external suppliers, outsourcing companies, associations, etc.
  • To facilitate the contact with international publishing associations, agencies and distributors.
  • To advise on editorial, peer-review and other procedural publishing processes. 
  • To propose an action plan to increase the number of indexing organizations that index QU Press’s journals and increase the international visibility of the journal
  • To advise on sponsorship, subscription and other revenue generating packages for the Press that will make the journal self-sufficient and profitable in the long term.
  • To support the director with human resources matters and recruitment of new staff.  
  • To facilitate the connection with governmental and none governmental institutional clients.
  • To assist the director with the organization and management of editorial and advisory board committees.
  • To edit and review internal and external policies and regulations.
  • To propose innovative strategies and objectives for the Press to ensure continuous improvement, competitiveness, market expansion and sustainability.
  • To help the Press increase its international standing, in terms of indexing and quality of produced books.
  • To draft and coordinate action plans and budgets with the units of the Press.
  • To advise on sponsorship, subscription and other revenue generating packages for the Press that will make the journal self-sufficient and profitable in the long term. 

Qualifications

Education and Certifications

  • Master - PhD degree is an advantage.

Languages

  • Arabic (required)
  • English (required)
  • Additional language is an advantage.

Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience a higher education research related environment, involving academic journals, books production and faculty research.
  • To have experience in the chief issues of scholarly communication and have experience with books and journal publishing in a wide variety of formats.
  • Minimum of 5 to 8 years of experience in administrative roles.  
  • Previous work experience in a press, journal, or magazine.
  • Ability to edit, draft and review policies and agreements.
  • Proficiency in budgeting and strategic planning.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership, managerial and communication skills.
  • Multilingualism is an advantage. 

Competencies

Leadership competencies Proficiency level
Long-term and sustainable management approach high
Long-term and sustainable management approach high
Decision making skills high
Self motivation and pro-activeness high
Behavioral Competencies  
Rationality and independent thinking high
Positive and constructive communication skills high
Work under pressure and ability to prioritize high
Knowledge sharing, transparency and integrity high
Innovation, wisdom and confidence high
Technical Competencies  
Microsoft Office high
Budgeting and planning high

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Rational and wise assessment of business projects. 
  • Fostering engagement and motivation of staff.  
  • Proper budgeting and strategic planning.
  • Draft and review policies to encourage innovation, fairness and quality of published work.
  • Assist the Press to uplift the journals’ indexing and quality of published books.
  • Advise on initiatives that promotion the Press locally and internationally.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their resume to qupress@qu.edu.qa.

Package

Competitive salary and benefits package.

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