Head of Publishing

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Doha, Qatar
24 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), was founded in 2010 to continue fulfilling QF’s vision of unlocking human potential. HBKU is a homegrown research and graduate studies University that acts as a catalyst for positive transformation in Qatar and the region while having a global impact.

HBKU Press

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press launched its program in 2010 as a world-class publishing house founded on international best practices, excellence and innovation. HBKU Press strives to be a cornerstone of Qatar’s knowledge-based economy by providing a unique local and international platform for literature, literacy, scholarship, discovery and learning. Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, HBKU Press publishes Fiction and Non-Fiction titles for adults and for children, and academic and reference materials. HBKU Press aims to promote the love of reading and writing by helping to establish a vibrant scholarly and literary culture in Qatar and the Middle East.

The university seeks to appoint a new Head of Publishing who can manage and implement the editorial strategy and vision of the HBKU Press list and to work with authors in Qatar and internationally. He/she will also be responsible for managing books, editorial policies and procedures.

Duties include developing high-quality and commercially successful publishing list for the general reader encompassing print and digital, representing the HBKU Press at book fairs, conferences or panels, and coordinating with freelance advisors, editors and translators to ensure that all manuscripts/books are reviewed and edited to HBKU Press’s level standards and procedures.

Required Qualifications & Skills 

  • Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field 
  • 8-10 years of editorial experience in publishing, ideally in a management position 
  • Outstanding knowledge, skills and experience in the field of international publishing and familiarity with processes
  • Interest in publishing trends, including digital media and cross platform publishing 
  • Exceptional writing and reading/critical/analytical skills
  • Ability to draft and edit a variety of written reports and communications and to articulate ideas clearly and concisely 
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

 Application Procedure

To apply, please follow this link and e-mail a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, a strategic statement of your interest in press/publishing, and your curriculum vitae.

Additional documents may be solicited from short-listed candidates.  

Review of applicants will begin immediately. The posting is expected to remain open until the position is filled.


HBKU offers an attractive compensation package that includes a tax-free salary and additional benefits such as an education allowance, furnished accommodation, annual paid leave, air tickets and medical insurance.

 Hamad Bin Khalifa University, being an equal opportunity educator and employer, is committed to maintaining culturally and academically diverse staff of the highest caliber.

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