According to The Bookseller, American University in Cairo Press and Bookstores is looking for a new director:

According to a job listing on The Bookseller,聽The American University in Cairo (AUC) has “exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to find the next Director of AUC Press and Bookstores. Interested candidates should please email Fiona Foley Croft ( for more information.”

They write:

The American University in Cairo Press聽www.aucpress.com聽(AUCP), the leading English-language academic publisher in the Middle East, is seeking a Director for the executive management of the global publishing programs and the bookselling services of the AUC Press in Egypt.

Located in central Cairo, AUCP has a distinguished 60-year history of publishing leading-edge scholarship and high-quality trade publications on the region. It currently offers a backlist of some 800 publications and annually publishes 60-80 academic texts and general interest books on ancient and modern Egypt, the wider Middle East, and North Africa. AUCP is also well-known also for its influential Arabic literature in translation imprint, Hoopoe Fiction, and as the publisher of the Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

AUC attracts scholars and leaders from throughout the region and the world, and the Press plays a vital role in its intellectual life as a major forum for the exchange of ideas about the Middle East at this critical time in history. The Director will work to sustain the areas of excellence while working in concert with ambitious university-wide initiatives to make full use of the new media in representing the teaching and research interests of the university.

Thus, the AUC Press Director who reports to the President of the American University in Cairo will possess the unique opportunity to both transform an established and respected publishing business to meet the needs of 21st-century research, education, and cultural exchange, and to be the thought leader for publishing and disseminating vital information about the region to the English-speaking world. The position is based in Cairo, Egypt and relocation assistance is available.

Key Responsibilities:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Provide leadership to the Press in a period of rapid change in the region and in the publishing industry worldwide.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Develop and implement the strategic plan for the Press publishing programs and bookselling services with a special focus on the transition to digital formats and online accessibility.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Provide leadership and management direction to a dedicated team of senior managers and approximately 50 staff at the Press and in its bookstores, warehouse, and distribution operations.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Develop and implement innovative publishing services in both print and electronic formats.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Oversee all editorial development and publishing programs of AUC Press.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Prepare annual operating plans and budgets in accordance with university policies and reporting requirements.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Direct both worldwide sales and marketing activities, particularly in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, and through the bookstores in Cairo.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Represent the vision and mission of the Press within AUC and at local and international professional publishing and bookselling events.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Collaborate with the AUC Press International Academic Research Board, as well as the University financial, planning, and administrative procedures and protocols.


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽BA/BSc minimum; graduate education desirable; background in Middle Eastern Studies, Egyptology, or Near Eastern Archaeology

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽10 years of successful executive management in international publishing.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Demonstrated ability to develop new products and services that increase the relevance of the Press鈥 activities to the scholarly community and the interested general public.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Demonstrated ability to communicate passionately, clearly, and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Experience leading, developing, and working with an Advisory Board and others in a university setting.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with and inspire constituencies from diverse backgrounds and from different sectors; ability to work with groups of diverse personalities and interests.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Record of success in setting priorities for an organization in a time of rapid change; must be adept at balancing an organization鈥檚 internal management requirements with external opportunities, pressures, and constraints.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Must be knowledgeable of new trends in technology and social media, especially as relevant to the publishing industry.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Possess a lively intelligence, passionate curiosity, resilience, and a good sense of humor.

Interested candidates are asked to provide a resume by email to Fiona Foley Croft ( Also, find more about the job at聽The Bookseller.

2 thoughts on “AUC Press Seeking New Director

    1. I think they’d be mad not to hire one of the talented Egyptian woman in publishing,

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