Publication/Production Manager Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
and organizes daily operations involved with the production of a
daily newspaper distributed to the university community. Coordinates
publication efforts through assigning and prioritizing the work for
staff and students. Ensures services are provided on time and is of
the highest quality at the lowest possible cost; monitors supplies
and schedules staff to ensure a smooth working environment. Oversees
preparation of a variety of skilled layout work in the preparation
of posters, exhibits, advertisements, brochures, books, newsletters
second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from
the Publication/Production Supervisor in that the manager supervises
the Publication/Production Supervisor, develops work procedures and
establishes quality standards for the section.
Examples of Duties:
- Supervises activities of subordinates.
- Coordinates production and determines job priorities in
order to achieve maximum utilization of equipment and personnel;
develops work procedures, establishes quality standards and
decides if quality standards have been followed; prepares
printing specifications for printshop, obtains bids and
recommends contract awards; checks for accuracy, design, color,
format alignment and legibility.
- Confers with departments and assists and advises regarding
job specifications on requested work as to appropriate format,
type of paper to use and color combinations; estimates cost of
jobs for departments and matches users needs with services
- Maintains accurate records of work in progress for billing
and departmental records; maintains file management system of
completed jobs for easy retrieval for repeated use.
- Confers with clients requesting graphic design or layout
work; designs, creates and inputs graphics, illustrations and
text into computerized system; recommends and develops ideas
according to the intent of presentation suggesting new or
- Directs preparation of layouts for various informational
pamphlets, brochures, newsletters and other publications and
printed material; advises director, sales staff and editor of
solutions to technical problems, production schedule and other
issues related to publication.
- Maintains maintenance schedule on machinery and arranges for
repair of equipment as required; performs minor repairs and
preventative maintenance on equipment; maintains departmental
inventory by ordering or requisitioning supplies and equipment
according to departmental procedures.
- Researches new technology to determine long range, as well
as short range, equipment needs; participates in departmental
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of newspaper production, procedures and
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Knowledge of equipment and materials utilized in
- Skill in coordinating and scheduling projects.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Associate's degree in Journalism or related field AND four years
experience in newspaper production which includes two years
supervisory experience; OR, Six years experience in newspaper
production which includes two years supervisory experience; OR, Any
equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which
comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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