Job details:
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Expiring Date: 01 December 2017
Date: 03 October 2017
Sector: Publishing
Function: Journalist/Editor
Contract: Full Time
Salary: Salary according to the experience
Place of work: United States (New York)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Job Description

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is seeking a Publisher. Reporting to the Creative Director, Publishing and Digital Media, the Publisher is responsible for providing strategic vision for the Guggenheim Museum’s publishing program, overseeing the publications team, and maintaining standards for Guggenheim publications. The Guggenheim Publishing and Digital Media department produces exhibition and collection catalogues, and foreign editions, and oversees editorial processes for exhibition didactics and digital content.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position oversees a staff of nine, comprised of the Editorial and Production teams, with a direct report from each.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement Guggenheim publishing strategy and business model.
  • Lead, inspire, and manage the Publishing and Digital Media team.
  • Establish publications priorities considering both the dissemination of new scholarship and commercial viability.
  • Work closely with curators, external authors, editors, production managers, and book designers to produce meaningful and innovative publications.
  • Ensure highest design, editorial, and production standards are achieved for all publications.
  • Implement best practices for publications workflows.
  • Evaluate potential for digital publications.
  • With Managing Editor, refine standards for editorial output across the museum.
  • Work with Finance and Retail to set benchmark goals for publications revenue.
  • Create and manage department budgets and schedules, provide revenue projections.
  • With Retail, anticipate consumer interest and ensure order quantities are sound.
  • Work with Marketing and Retail teams to amplify presence and reach of Guggenheim publications.
  • Manage strategic partnerships and negotiate agreements with distributors, co-publishers, affiliates, and exhibition venues.
  • Manage catalogue remaindering.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Minimum 10-15 years’ experience in publishing and 5 years’ experience managing a team.
  • Deep industry knowledge and contacts.
  • Expertise in shaping and refining publications departments, preferably in the cultural sector.
  • Solid understanding of publication budgets, timelines, and agreement structures.
  • Extensive editorial skills and knowledge of production processes.
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly organized with an acute sense for detail.
  • Enthusiasm, initiative, and vision are key qualities for this position.
  • B.A. in a relevant field required/M.A. preferred.

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to [email protected]. Indicate the job title “Publisher” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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