Employment Opportunities at Ave Maria Press

Open Positions


Vice President  & Director of Finance and Operations

Ave Maria Press is looking for an energetic, innovative, experienced, and team-oriented executive to direct the finance and operations departments of a successful, creative, and mission-driven Catholic book publisher.

The Director of Finance and Operations serves as the senior financial and operations officer of the organization, is a member of the core management team, and has direct responsibility for the following departments: Accounting, Systems and Information Technology, Human Resources, and Shipping and Warehousing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Directs the various departments (accounting, systems, human resources, and shipping and warehousing) that make up the infrastructure of Ave Maria Press.
  • Manages or performs the accounting functions necessary for the operation of the business, including but not limited to accounts payable and receivable; payroll; treasury management and cash flow; royalties; monthly and year-end financial reporting; the annual external audit; the preparation of federal and state income tax returns; the preparation and presentation of the annual budget; oversight of financial controls and systems; compliance with all internal policies and external regulations.
  • Is responsible for the performance of and the timely and effective delivery of the services provided by the IT, HR, and Shipping and Warehousing departments; participates in key decision-making and strategic planning related to these efforts.
  • Understands that the role of the Finance and Operations departments is to provide service and support to the editorial, production, sales and marketing teams and to the organization’s customers.
  • Establishes goals and objectives, encourages continuous improvement procedures within department, develops methods to maximize productivity, and tracks employee performance.


  • Prepares for and attends management and advisory meetings of core management, strategic planning, board of directors and related committees.
  • Communicates company policy to employees and distributes company communications.

Team Leadership

  • Completes employee performance reviews and establishes employee development plans annually; takes necessary measures to improve employees’ performance if needed throughout the year.
  • Ensures adequate staffing levels (permanent and temporary) and knowledge/training of personnel to accomplish departmental functions.
  • Maintains positive employee morale and motivation, and ensures a workplace atmosphere within departments supervised that is free from harassment and discrimination of any kind.
  • Maintains an environment that promotes employee suggestions and concerns and that resolves issues in a timely manner, elevating them to the next level of management or Human Resources when appropriate.

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Excellence
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative
  • Creativity


Education and/or Experience

A Master’s Degree preferred in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or Management, Bachelor’s Degree required. A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience is required.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient with MS Word, Excel, email and internet search systems. Must have a working knowledge of accounting and inventory management systems and experience with Sage 100 is strongly preferred.

Other Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

Must support the mission of a Catholic  non-profit religious publisher. Must have a willingness/enthusiasm to learn about anything related to our businesses (technology, publishing, not-for- profit, human resource trends, legal issues, etc.) and be able to distinguish what will bring short and long-term success to Ave Maria Press. Must be creative in developing solutions to problems and approaches to opportunities. Must have the ability to manage assigned personnel and make routine personnel recommendations and/or decisions, including but not limited to, the following: hiring, promoting, training, developing, scheduling, measuring performance, disciplining and terminating.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and can be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management deems necessary.

Ave Maria Press has an excellent benefits package. Qualified individuals should send their cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Pattie Gates at pgates1@nd.edu.




Ave Maria Press regularly has internship opportunities throughout the year, including the summer. We look for students pursuing disciplines that are a fit with our needs: English, Philosophy, Theology, Marketing, Communications, and Graphic Arts and Design, to name a few possibilities.

Internships are for individuals currently enrolled in a degree program with an accredited educational institution. Our goal is to provide exposure to the various opportunities within the Catholic publishing industry. Interns from Ave Maria Press have gone on to secure permanent jobs in the publishing industry.

For more information, please contact our human resources manager.



Ave Maria Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer that follows all Federal and State Compliance laws regarding employment practices, including all aspects of the Title VII Federal employment law that pertain to our organization.