Press Director, Wisconsin Historical Society, State of Wisconsin;

The Wisconsin Historical Society is recruiting a Press Director to provide strategic management experience to the Society”s publishing program.

Job Responsibilities

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press Director (Press Director), under the supervision of the administrator of the Historic Preservation-Public History Division, provides vision and leadership for the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The Press Director is responsible for the Society s publishing program, which includes the Society s quarterlyWisconsin Magazine of Historyand its book publishing program for both a general trade audience and a school audience.

This position directs all stages of a nonprofit historical publications program that is supported by earned revenue. This includes planning and developing an acquisitions strategy for the Press and ensuring that all Press publications, including the quarterlyWisconsin Magazine of Historyand assorted books, pamphlets, and educational materials, fulfill the mission of the Press and meet the needs of the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Press Director provides direction for the Press s marketing effort to ensure strong sales and production efforts to control costs while maintaining quality. This position requires the abilities to select strong work from undistinguished work, to predict markets and sales for publications in relevant fields, and to foster a healthy relationship with the membership of the WHS. This position needs to be able to develop budgets, maintain fiscal discipline, and make midyear course corrections as needed.


  • Extensive knowledge of publishing practices in non-profit sector.
  • Knowledge of American history, with preferred knowledge of Wisconsin history
  • Ability to evaluate book- and article-length manuscripts of publishable quality
  • Strong oral and written and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Knowledge of book and historical magazine market and ability to develop products that will successfully compete
  • Ability to develop publishing plans and to supervise a staff of professional and free-lance editors
  • Ability to independently travel throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, to meet with vendors, being away from Madison for more than a day
  • Ability to develop business plans for nonprofit publishing houses
  • Ability to solicit donations from philanthropic organizations and individuals
  • Familiarity with school textbook market

About the Company/Organization

The mission of the Wisconsin Historical Society Press supports that of the Wisconsin Historical Society. By collecting, preserving, and sharing our stories, it helps people connect to the past by publishing the best in Wisconsin history and culture. Created in 1855, it is Wisconsin s oldest ongoing publisher. Through its long history, it has explored the state”s past in a variety of formats and styles, and today creates publications of enduring value that appeal to a broad audience of general readers. For more information, please visit our website:

Salary or Pay Rate

Starting salary is between $59,405 and $85,000 depending on qualifications. This is a position in pay schedule/range 81-01. A two-year Career Executive trial period may be required.

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Application materials must be received by the deadline date listed above. Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Kate Jochimsen at or 608-264-6448.

Current state employees with Career Executive status who wish to be considered for this position need only submit a letter of interest by email to by the deadline date.

Additional Information

Contact: Kate Jochimsen, Human Resources, 608-264-6448, Source: