1)The University of Chicago Press seeks a senior acquisitions editor to develop its list in economics, business, and public policy. This acquisitions editor will commission, select, and evaluate manuscripts to create a coherent program of trade, scholarly, and course books following the parameters set out above. The editor will be expected to publish approximately 20-25 books annually, and to meet annual signing goals set by the editorial director. Titles sponsored by the editor are expected to contribute significantly to the Press's frontlist and, eventually, backlist income. The editor will work closely with other Press departments to manage projects from acquisition to publication.
2) Maintains and expands network of authors, advisors, and agents.Cultivates new areas of acquisitions within areas of responsibility. Engages routinely with faculty at the University as a source of potential collaborations.
3) Evaluates appropriate projects in assigned subject areas by inviting and commissioning projects and by evaluating unsolicited submissions. Maintains sense of key literature and authors in economics, business, and public policy to learn of new work and to understand trends in the disciplines. Works closely with series editors of established series, including the National Bureau of Economic Research.
4) Selects proposals and manuscripts for consideration. Seeks advice from qualified referees and arranges formal review.Works with authors on arranging appropriate revisions and provides editorial advice to supplement reviewer commentary as well as acting as primary liaison for author within the Press.
5) Presents projects to internal meeting and seeks approval from the Press faculty board at monthly Board meetings. Prepares book budgets and sales projections, and proposes contract terms to Press management. Negotiates contracts with authors and agents for books acquired.
6) Works with other Press departments to ensure that accepted books are given appropriate levels of editing, design, production, and marketing.
7) Collaborates with and assists in mentoring editorial associate and student assistant.
1) Experience in acquiring scholarly books in the social sciences.
2) Ability to learn the important ideas and scholarly trends in the fields in which they acquire as well as an interest and enthusiasm for economics.
3) Experience in building networks of authors and advisors in the fields in which they have acquired.
4) Works productively with different departments at the Press, including those responsible for editing, designing, producing, marketing and selling books.
5) Works with authors on the editing, peer reviewing, and promotion and marketing of books.
5) Experience working with peer review and in presenting book projects to press staff and faculty committees.
6) Understands scholarly publishing as an industry.
7) Works well with colleagues in all departments.
1) Requires some domestic travel.
1) At least five years of publishing experience, preferably in books.
Technical Knowledge, Skills or Certifications
1) Knowledge of basic word processing and database programs, including Microsoft Office and Outlook.
2) Cover Letter
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