Western National Parks Association

Publishing Manager

12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr., Oro Valley, AZ, United States, 85755

Position: Full-Time

Western National Parks Association (WNPA) seeks a publishing and content specialist within the Marketing & Communications team. The Publishing Manager leads the planning, development, design, and production of educational publications for various print media. This position also works collaboratively with other specialists on the team, to develop diverse products that help fulfill the collective missions of WNPA and the National Park Service (NPS).


  • Generate ideas for new products, publications, and services in line with WNPA’s mission; work with team members to assess the viability and ROI of new products
  • Effectively prepare and execute all elements of project development, including the publishing process, idea generation planning, development, delivery, acquisitions, and production
  • Marketing for a broad range of publications, including long-form printed books, short-form printed publications, e-books, audio books, and other media
  • Effectively oversee the work of a wide variety of external creative and technical specialists, including writers, photographers, illustrators, designers, editors, website and app developers, coders, printers, e-book conversion houses, and internal direct reporting WNPA staff. Responsibilities include, interviewing, hiring, training and scheduling staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; managing performance; addressing complains and resolving problems
  • Effectively and diplomatically communicate with a variety of stakeholders, including other teams across WNPA, NPS staff at the park and regional level, and the general public
  • Negotiate contracts for publications and services
  • Substantively edit text, photography, and illustration
  • May write original text for print and electronic publications
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned


  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule format
  • Oversee multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Work independently and in a team environment to support WNPA goals and initiatives
  • Support the creation of marketing materials for publications


  • Ability to analyze and solve problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of all aspects of publishing including trade experience
  • Knowledge of interpretation/education methods and techniques
  • Ability to interpret complex ideas and develop interpretive concepts and content
  • Skill in photography and/or illustration editing
  • Ability to think strategically, tactically, and systematically to assess and implement ideas
  • Must possess computer skills with Microsoft Office suite products to include but not limited to, internet, email, word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, databases, desktop publishing, and project management software
  • Experience working in and/or implementing a title management system
  • Skill in editing, copyediting, and proofreading
  • Skill in monitoring budgets and expenditures
  • General working knowledge of federal, state and local laws governing equal employment opportunity and civil rights, occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation, wage and hour issues, and labor relations, including, but not limited to the following statutes and their comparable state and local laws (where applicable): Title VII, ADEA, Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, FLSA, ADA, OSHA, FMLA, ERISA, and NLRA


  • Most work tasks are performed indoors, where temperature is moderate and controlled by office environmental systems. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, but may become loud during high customer volume or special events. Occasional work may be performed outside under natural conditions (special events, etc.). Environment will vary when outside work or travel is required
  • Must be able to sit at a desk for up to 8 hours per day. Walking and standing are occasionally required
  • Requires grasping, writing, standing, sitting, walking, repetitive motions, listening and hearing ability and visual acuity
  • Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with customers, volunteers, supervisors/managers, directors and co-workers
  • Vision occurs continuously with the most common visual functions being those of near vision, depth perception and color vision
  • Regularly required to bend, stoop, kneel, or crouch
  • Ability to work primarily with fingers to pick, pinch, type and carry out substantial movements (motions) of the wrists and hands as well
  • Requires manual and finger dexterity to be able to operate all necessary equipment such as but limited to; computers, printers, 10-key adding machine, multi-line touch tone phone, filing cabinets, FAX machines, photocopiers, dolly and other office equipment as needed
  • Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds


  • Occasional travel may be required


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or 5+ years of progressive publishing experience required
  • Graphic design (InDesign and Photoshop) experience a plus
  • Experience working with or for the NPS or similar public historical, cultural, or land management entity a plus

(This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.)

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The Western National Parks Association is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

About Western National Parks Association:

What Do We Do?
WNPA is a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. WNPA supports more than 70 parks across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enrich the visitor experience.

In partnership with the National Park Service since 1938, WNPA advances education, interpretation, research, and community engagement to ensure national parks are increasingly valued by all.

Our Commitment
National parks tell the story of America, embodying its beauty, culture, and heritage. WNPA helps discover, preserve, and share that story. But the American story is rapidly unfolding. In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, WNPA is committed to discovery: new knowledge, new understanding, and new ways to engage with society.

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