Full-Time Publishing Manager in Oro Valley, Arizona

Employment with WNPA requires that you submit proof of full vaccination for the COVID-19 virus unless you have requested and been approved for a medical or sincerely held religious exemption.

This Publishing Manager position can be considered as a remote role for our Headquarters location

WNPA is a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. WNPA supports parks across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enhance the visitor experience, understanding, and appreciation of national parks. Learn more at wnpa.org.

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). 


This role is responsible for completing the following tasks and any related tasks as assigned:

  • 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 complaints 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.


This role is responsible for completing the following tasks and any related tasks 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


This role must possess advanced to expert knowledge of, skill in, and/or ability in the following:

  • 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.
  • Direct experience in book publishing.
  • 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 statues 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.


This role must be able to meet the following physical demands with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • 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.


This role must have the following qualifications and/or experience unless otherwise noted:

  • 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.


We are committed to providing you value and support. As a full-time employee you will be eligible for:

  • Employee Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match**, Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Health & Wellness Resources
  • Employee Appreciation: Store Discount of 15% on your purchases

**Human Resources will provide more details upon hire.

  (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.)

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