Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Senior Edit/Media Specialist for Rutgers University Press. This position works independently, but reports to the Editor in Chief. The Senior Edit/Media Specialist acquires and evaluates manuscripts and book proposals in the fields designated and presents books to the editorial committee of the Press. To sustain the lists in these areas, this individual must work in an entrepreneurial fashion toward signing between 25-30 titles per year, turning over to the production manager approximately 25 titles per year. The acquiring editors, including the editor in chief and director, put under contract the books that the Press publishes. This role involves a variation in the level of responsibility and experience (senior editor or executive editor for example).
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Responsible for working largely independently and has a wide latitude to negotiate with authors within previously agreed upon parameters.
Independently identifies titles worthy of contract offers.
Generates about $300,000 of Press income each year, but preferably more, through the titles signed.
Consults with the editor in chief in order to improve acquisitions department systems and procedures.
Makes recommendations to enhance the success rates of other editors in the department in order to improve success of the Press as a whole.
Evaluates manuscripts submitted, develops manuscripts as required, and arranges for independent scholarly review of manuscripts.
The editor independently collaborates with authors/volume editors to maximize the potential of each project so as to generate income and enhance the reputation of the Press to the fullest extent possible.
Actively seeks out new projects and potential partnerships as they relate to the Press profile, while following and even anticipating the trends and needs of the fields designated.
In the absence of the editor in chief, serves as the department head, attends or leads routine meetings and making routine decisions in the best interests of the department and the Press.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience, preferably in an academic field related to the area of acquisitions for which the editor is responsible.
Also requires a minimum of three years of publishing experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Requires management experience; strong written and oral communication skills; strong organizational skills; attention to detail; and computer literacy.
Must have clearly demonstrated ability to sign books across a wide spectrum of sales categories (general interest, classroom, scholarly).
Must have achieved public visibility on discussion panels and must possess wide networks in publishing professional circles.
Well-networked in the academic areas in which the editor acquires.
Strong office experience, highly effective writing and oral skills, strong organizational talents, attention to detail, the ability to look at systems with an eye toward improving them, and the ability to work well with a shared assistant.
Demonstrated writing ability
Graduate education with an advanced degree.
Computer programs: MS Word and MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat, MS Outlook, Firebrand (presswide database), Google
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