Publisher for Stanford Social Innovation
Review, an award-winning media property at Stanford
In the nearly 20 years since its launch, Stanford Social
Innovation Review (SSIR) has grown to become the
premier source for leading-edge insights on the theory and practice
of social innovation and social change, reaching millions of
social-change leaders globally each year. Starting as a quarterly
print publication, SSIR has grown to include a popular
website, multiple conferences, webinars, and podcasts, and six
local-language editions, in addition to a forthcoming branded book
series. Written by and for a cross-sector audience, SSIR
is unique in its editorial approach, one that bridges the worlds of
nonprofits, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises,
socially-responsible business, academia & research, government
& public policy. Since 2010, SSIR has been published
by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford
PACS) at Stanford University. Not directly funded by the
university, SSIR is reliant upon earned and contributed
revenue for its operating income.
SSIR is looking for a new publisher to oversee its
marketing, finance, and operations with the creativity, energy,
leadership, and necessary skills to build upon its success and help
further its growth. Together with the editor in chief, this
position co-leads SSIR and reports to the executive
director of Stanford PACS. Working closely with the SSIR
and Stanford PACS teams, the publisher provides strategic
leadership for SSIR helping to drive ongoing improvements
to expand the reach and awareness of its print and online
offerings, expand its suite of products and services, reach a
larger, global audience, have a bigger impact on the field of
social innovation, and ensure its financial sustainability.
The publisher will help establish the operational objectives of
SSIR, managing all revenue generation activities
(including revenue from circulation, conferences, webinars,
advertising, sponsorships, licensing, and rights & permissions,
as well as contributed revenue) and provide oversight and delegate
assignments to the publishing and marketing team. The publisher
will manage a “break-even or better” bottom line of approximately
$2.5 million in budgeted earned and contributed revenue for the
2023 fiscal year. To accomplish this goal, the publisher will
oversee and be directly involved in new business development and
revenue generation from paid print and digital subscriptions,
registration and sponsorship from conferences and webinars,
advertising and custom content projects, content and brand
licensing, rights & permissions, and other products and
services, as well as contributed revenue, while ensuring that these
activities are aligned with SSIR’s mission to “advance,
educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out,
cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and
The publisher is ultimately responsible for:
- Managing the overall financial performance of SSIR,
including developing annual revenue and expense budgets (with input
from key SSIR staff), and delivery of all earned and
contributed revenue against goals, towards the end result of
closing each fiscal year in a positive revenue position.
- Working with the editor-in-chief to determine strategic
objectives & organizational priorities/policies and co-leading
day-to-day operations of SSIR.
- Identifying new opportunities to expand the reach and
visibility of the SSIR brand and its products in support
of SSIR’s overall mission and long-term financial
performance, vitality, sustainability, and growth.
- Managing a high-performing publishing and marketing team that
includes five F/T and P/T staff and external contract resources,
helping them to set and meet goals for circulation, conference and
webinar registration, advertising and sponsorship, licensing, and
other revenue channels, as well as overseeing all marketing and
promotion efforts for SSIR.
- Delivering final review and approval on all marketing and
promotional copy/materials prior to their release to ensure that
they adhere to the SSIR standards of quality.
- Providing support and input to the editorial team as
needed/requested, while respecting the boundaries of editorial
independence and integrity.
- Together with the editor in chief and other key members of the
SSIR team, determining the focus area(s) for tentpole
conferences and other convenings, and overseeing the effective
marketing and communications of those convenings to ensure that
they meet programming quality and financial performance
- Together with the editor in chief, establishing and maintaining
key relationships with external partners, including foundations,
nonprofits, for-profit enterprises, consultancies, other media
entities, and any other organizations with whom SSIR may
choose to work to advance its mission and strategic goals.
- Working with fellow members of the Stanford PACS senior
leadership team to find opportunities for cross-initiative
collaboration, and with other departments or programs and Stanford
University on mutually beneficial projects.
- Together with the editor in chief and the global editions
editor, overseeing the activities and performance of six
local-language edition partner organizations (Arabic, Chinese,
Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish) to help ensure their
- Producing periodic reporting to funders and the Stanford PACS
- Working within Stanford University systems, including
budgeting/financial management, human resources, development,
communications, and legal counsel as needed.
- Together with the editor in chief and other key staff,
representing SSIR at key sector convenings.
The successful candidate will possess experience in several key
- Driving operating income and managing businesses to a bottom
line, while balancing revenue growth with organizational
- Identifying and soliciting grant support from foundations and
- Writing successful grant proposals for contributed income from
foundations and individual donors.
- Working collaboratively with an editorial team in a media
- Effective marketing communications and audience
- Ability to create and sustain a variety of partnerships with
- Knowledge of best practices in digital strategies and emerging
digital trends and tools related to user experience and audience
growth for content/news sites in the rapidly evolving modern
- A solid understanding of key concepts and evolving topics in
the social sector to determine how SSIR can best serve and
lead the field, or the willingness to quickly acquire this
- Managing programming, audience promotion, sponsorship &
registration revenue, and logistics for a multi-faceted “events”
business, that includes the production of several annual
conferences and 15+ annual webinars.
- Prioritizing both longer-term strategic goals with day-to-day
operational challenges and opportunities.
- Demonstrating a track record of personally creating budgets and
driving revenue on multiple projects as well as controlling
expenses and managing to a bottom line.
- Working effectively and collaboratively within a team of
- Managing and developing staff to grow in their careers.
- Managing multiple complex projects simultaneously and
prioritize conflicting demands.
- Effective written and verbal communications skills.
- Strong presentation and public speaking skills, with a comfort
and facility presenting to a variety of audience types, from board
members and potential donors to conference attendees and other
This is a 100% FTE, exempt position. This position will be based
on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of
telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to
∙ Implement and manage a budget for unit’s programs and
∙ Implement programs for updating technological resources.
∙ Manage a unit of professional staff assigned to publish and/or
disseminate information. ∙ Make recommendations for future
∙ Participate in meetings with academic faculty and make
recommendations regarding project requirements.
∙ Consult and collaborate with other internal organizations to
exchange information on projects (e.g., articles, reports, and
Minimum Education & Experience Required
Bachelor's degree and ten years of relevant work experience, or
a combination of education and relevant experience.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
∙ Demonstrated project management skills and ability to plan,
budget, and track resources.
∙ Ability to provide recommendations for long-range
∙ Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in
evaluating implications of publication and information release to
internal and external audiences.
∙ Ability to synthesize complex material from multiple sources
to identify and resolve key publication issues.
∙ Ability to work effectively and provide leadership to a team
under stringent deadline requirements.
∙ Ability to work effectively with senior organizational
leaders, researchers, and faculty.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
- Extensive experience in publishing, marketing, and brand
- Proven expertise in operating and growing a multimedia entity
while adhering to the organization’s core mission.
- Ability to create and sustain partnerships with outside
- Experience developing and managing digital platforms and
initiatives. Deep knowledge of media trends, including digital
delivery, paywalls, SEO, SEM, customer engagement, and content
marketing using traditional and social media channels such as
Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Track record of successfully managing a multi-faceted
conference business that involves organizing speakers, marketing,
and managing all logistics related to the conference.
Certifications and Licenses
- Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
- Frequently sitting.
- Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp
lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone,
sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that
weigh up to 10 pounds.
- Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the
University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee
with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the
essential functions of his or her job.
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well
with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external
- Diversity: Demonstrates familiarity and openness to people of
different backgrounds and cultures.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal
responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns;
uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable
University policies and procedures, including but not limited to
the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's
Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.