1) Thanks to a grant from the Mellon Foundation, University of Chicago Press is seeking a Mellon Diversity Fellow to join our acquisitions department. The fellow will serve in an entry-level position and provide support to one or more Acquisitions Editors in acquiring scholarly books.
2) Assist the editor(s) in all phases of acquiring publishable books from initial contact with the author through contractual agreement to publication.
3) Assist as necessary with miscellaneous administrative duties.
4) Exercise independent judgment in screening proposals.
5) Liaise with authors, reviewers, and series editors to shepherd books through the publishing process.
6) Coordinate workflow with other departments in the Press (Editorial, Design & Production; Marketing; Order Fulfillment).
7) Liaise with external vendors to secure permissions and illustrations.
8) This is a 14 month position with medical benefits and paid leave time.
1) Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
2) Demonstrated excellent organizational.
3) Basic research skills using libraries and electronic media.
4) Evidence of academic achievement, either in fields relevant to diversity or in the humanities, social sciences or natural history.
5) Demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in academic publishing.
6) Detail-oriented, able to multitask and prioritize work, and function independently within a team-oriented environment.Â
7) Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing manuscripts and books.
8) Sustained personal engagement with low-income communities and/or communities within the US that are underrepresented in publishing and a demonstrated ability to bring the understandings gleaned from such engagement to the daily work of academic publishing.
9) No relocation assistance is provided.
10) No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
1) Requires some domestic travel.
1) B.A. or B.S.
2) M.A., M.S., or Ph.D.
1) Knowledge of academic environment.
1) Proficiency in MS Office.
2) Familiarity with databases generally and FileMaker.
2) Cover Letter
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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