Publishing Officer

Subiaco, Australia
12 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • This position involves participating in a holistic approach to the publication of each book on our annual list. You will have an oversight role across production and post-release aspects within our small team in a successful and highly effective publishing house.
  • Salary range: Level 6 $78,222 - $82,729 p.a.
  • Fixed term contract with 3 year appointment

UWA Publishing

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

UWA Publishing is a part of the University of Western Australia and publishes books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and natural history, as well as a scholarly series. UWA Publishing is situated within a community of scholars serious about knowledge and new ideas.

Established in 1935, UWA Publishing has over 800 books in its backlist and publishes on average 30 books annually. We house two imprints: UWAP Scholarly, established in 2014, and UWAP Poetry, established 2016. In 2015, UWA Publishing created the Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. The winner of the inaugural award, Extinctions by Josephine Wilson, went on to win the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Our publishing program is ambitious. We believe in the power of a good book to inspire important conversations. UWA Publishing supports local writing exploring Australian society, politics and culture, and has published English-language and translated books from around the world. Works of Indigenous stories, language, history, art and culture form a core part of our program. We publish both established authors and new voices, and champion endangered literary forms such as poetry and short stories.

About the opportunity

In this role, you will work closely with the Director of UWA Publishing, alongside other staff, to develop strategy for the successful operational work of UWAP within the larger book industry in Australia and beyond. We release around 35 new books each year and the role includes looking at new pathways for taking our books to readers, booksellers, and the media. It’s all about thinking differently on how book publishing operates in the digital age where opportunities are vast and the competitions are even more fierce. The role includes extra-curricular activities within the writing and book sectors through events and other promotional opportunities.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Substantial relevant administrative experience at an appropriate level
  • Well-established connections in the Australian book industry and the arts and writing communities
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with staff, freelancers, authors, retailers and media to further the profile of UWA Publishing in Perth and nationally
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills

About you

To succeed in this role, it is critical that you have flexibility in your work patterns. You will need to be a passionate reader and well versed in contemporary writing in scholarly, non-fiction, fiction and/or poetry, with a sense of how knowledge circulates through publishing, both traditional and digital publishing. A university-level qualification is important as a pre-requisite for grounding such critical thinking. You will also need to be a dynamic communicator to media, funding bodies and other partners in our enterprise of building a committed readership base and making a social and cultural impact. Each day in the job will involve different tasks and challenges. Innovative thinking is highly regarded.

Closing date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

Please see the position description prior to applying:

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.