The American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation seeks a Director of Publishing/Content Manager to oversee the strategy and publishing activities of a large and active membership organization. The Section functions as a semi-autonomous association under the umbrella of the American Bar Association. Its mission is to serve its 16,000 tax law practitioner members and the public by providing education and information about taxes and tax systems, especially in response to the recently-enacted 2017 Tax Act.
The Director of Publishing works collaboratively with member editors, publishing boards, and authors on content generation and acquisition, provides operational and editorial oversight, and leadership for all Section of Taxation publications and related content, including a leading scholarly tax law journal, a digital newsletter, and a variety of regularly updated treatises, practice guides, and continuing education materials.
Essential Functions of the Position:
Oversees operational functions and elements for all editorial and production processes for a scholarly law journal, digital newsletter, various specialty publications and other educational materials.
Develops overall publication content strategy and works with Section leadership, authors, and editorial boards to acquire and ensure content is appropriate.
Provides editorial oversight and guidance, and contributes to a wide range of Section publications and content.
Collaborates with the entity director and other senior staff members on management, strategic planning, cross-departmental content development, finance, and administration.
Guides publication marketing activity to ensure optimal visibility and sales to grow revenues.
Provides supervision, leadership, management, development, and where appropriate, discipline, to and through assigned employees.
Initiates and engages in internal and external outreach and develops partnerships to enhance visibility of Tax Section content through multi-media channels, licensing, co-publishing, and other marketing opportunities.
Maintains publication standards of the highest quality and provides technical assistance and consultation on policies and procedures, market and technology trends, and other matters pertaining to entity publishing activities.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. A J.D. or relevant advanced degree preferred.
At least five years’ experience in a professional association publishing or nonprofit environment in a position or positions responsible for content creation across multiple media, including print, electronic, and web-based delivery.
Proven ability to set priorities, take initiative, and manage multiple projects.
Demonstrated success in managing projects to completion on time and within budget.
Previous experience with the operational and editorial processes associated with scholarly journal publication and familiarity with the field of academic journal publishing.
Familiarity with electronic publishing trends and technologies, and demonstrated experience with Adobe Creative Suite and other digital publishing applications preferred.
Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to use good judgement and to be diplomatic with sensitive situations.
Superior editorial skills, including knowledge of and facility with professional and legal style manuals and references.
Strong entrepreneurial bent and proven success in engaging members in content and product development and in developing relationships with internal and external organizational partners to further mutual goals and generate revenues.
About American Bar Association's Section of Taxation
The American Bar Association Section of Taxation is the largest professional association of tax lawyers, with approximately 16,000 members nationwide. Its goals include helping taxpayers better understand their rights and obligations under the tax laws and working to achieve a simplified tax system that is equitable and efficient.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.