Book Publishing Manager

Are you looking for an opportunity for advancement in a collaborative work environment that offers work-life balance and excellent benefits? The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) hires and rewards great people who are passionate about serving our members. We offer competitive compensation and benefits as well as distinctive benefits like a Safe Harbor 401(k) and Company Match 401(k) plan, flexible work schedules including a 9/80 Work Schedule, and Winter Break from December 24th – January 1st.

SME,, is a scientific and technical society (501(c) (3) corporation) with more than 13,000 members globally in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers focused on innovations in mining engineering. SME nurtures a professional community, develops technical content, and provides networking and educational opportunities for the mining industry.


Book Publishing Manager


Full-Time Non-exempt


12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112


$80,000 - $95,000 DOE


10% bonus potential based upon achievement of defined goals


3% automatic safe-harbor match plus 80% elective deferral match of the first 5% contributed by the employee


Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA or HSA*, Short-Term Disability Insurance, Employer Paid Life Insurance, Employer Paid Long-Term Disability, Travel Assistance, and EAP. Sick, Vacation, and Holidays including Winter Break office closure from 12/24-1/1. 9/80 Work Schedule option. Hybrid Work Schedule - Up to 3 Days Remote.


Responsible for the acquisition, development, publishing (editorial, production, and manufacturing), profitability, and effectiveness of SME’s book publishing program. Monitors trends in the industry and curates books that appeal to the varied markets SME supports.


  • Leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive book publishing strategy, managing the production of 3 to 6 books annually.
  • Manages the publication of proceedings for 3 to 5 conferences annually.
  • Works with authors to make sure the substance of each manuscript is tight and engaging, that key messages are honed and highlighted, and that technical information is clear and relevant.
  • Maintains an exceptional high level of quality and accuracy in every book.
  • Collaborates with world-class experts in the mining and underground construction industries to motivate them, keep them on deadline, and help them develop meaningful books.
  • Uses excellent writing and editing skills to help authors express their ideas clearly, concisely, and creatively, and help design a suitable narrative for their work.
  • Responsible for the coordination and administration of the entire publication process for books, including sourcing and managing relationships with external vendors (technical editors, permissions editors, indexers, designers, compositors, proofreaders, translators, and printers/book manufacturers).
  • Manages approximately 8–10 contractors (editors, designers, etc.).
  • Establishes relationships with potential new sales partners at trade fairs and partner organizations.
  • Responsible for the SME Bookstore at SME conferences as well as partner events: identifies the inventory needed; partners with Marketing on collateral materials; oversees onsite setup, sales, and breakdown.
  • Manages the books budget, P&Ls, and finances; meets established revenue goals.
  • Completes and distributes regular reports to keep managers and other departments up to date on the status of various projects.
  • Identifies new and innovative digital offerings.
  • Manages multiple projects simultaneously, efficiently, and on time.
  • Collaborates with the Web Development and Marketing Team on effective promotion for new book releases.
  • Independently organizes, prioritizes, and manages workflow.
  • Manages all book publishing operations such as inventory, reprints, and revisions.
  • Maintains a commercial awareness of the technical book market.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisor Responsibilities:

  • Oversight of contractors

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong relationship-building skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking
  • Initiative taking, self-motivated
  • Ability to communicate with professionals at all levels and collaborate across business lines
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with accuracy and efficiency while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Required Education and Experience

  • College degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum 5 years of managing a book program with a technical society or association
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

Preferred Education and Experience

  • First rate writing and editing skills, familiar with Chicago Manual of Style and the ACS Style Guide
  • Familiarity with design software (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Experience working on scientific and technical content


5-10%. Travel to SME Conferences and Partner Events.

The above qualifications and requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.

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