1) The University of Chicago Press seeks an editor to acquire books in anthropology and history. The editor will sponsor the Pressâ™s distinguished anthropology list, which is known for books ranging from cutting-edge theory and ethnography to classroom classics. In history, the editor will acquire books that build on the Pressâ™s areas of strengthâ”including world history, history of sexuality, Asian, European, environmental, and intellectual historyâ”and complement the work of the Pressâ™s American history and history of science editors. Within this broad portfolio, the emphases of the position may be tailored to the expertise and passions of the successful candidate.
2) The editor will shape a coherent and dynamic program of trade, scholarly, and course books, with a focus on books that gain significant review attention and awards, and that strengthen the Press's publishing reputation. This position is best served by an individual who actively embraces the intellectual enterprise, understands changes in publishing and higher education, and has the entrepreneurial and editorial skills to seek out and develop books of enduring importance.
3) The editor will be expected to acquire 20-25 titles a year, focusing on ambitious scholarly books and high-quality trade books that bring ideas to a wide public. Titles sponsored by the editor should contribute significantly to the Press's frontlist and, eventually, backlist income.Â
4) The editor will work closely with other Press departments to manage projects from acquisition to publication.
5) The position is based on the University of Chicagoâ™s Hyde Park campus.
6) Cultivates a wide network of authors, advisors, and agents. Engages with scholars around the world as sources of potential collaboration.
7) Invites and commissions projects in assigned subject areas and evaluates unsolicited submissions. Maintains sense of key research, literature, and authors in the relevant fields.
8) Seeks advice on proposals and manuscripts from qualified referees and arranges formal review. Guides authors on revisions, providing developmental and line-editing support as needed.
9) Presents projects at biweekly Editorial Committee 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.
10) Collaborates with other Press departments to ensure that books are given appropriate levels of editing, design, production, and marketing. Presents projects at launch meetings and biannual sales meetings.
11) Travels to academic conferences and campuses.
12) Supervises and mentors an editorial associate and student assistant.Â Â Â
1) Familiarity with themes and trends current in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, particularly within the relevant disciplines.
2) Intellectual and entrepreneurial skills to develop book projects that contribute significantly to the Pressâ™s editorial profile and financial health.
3) Excellent verbal, analytical, critical-thinking, and negotiation skills.
4) Strong time-management skills, including ability to meet deadlines, set priorities among projects, and manage correspondence efficiently and decisively.
5) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to build close working relationships with colleagues and larger academic and publishing communities.Â
6) Understanding of industry standards for book acquisitions, including familiarity with peer review, rights, and digital publishing environment.
7) Proficiency with computers, including ability to adapt quickly to new electronic systems and tools.
8) Capacity to fund raise for books projects.
1) Requires domestic and occasionally international travel.
1) Bachelor's degree.
2) Advance degree.
1) Four or more years of work in book publishing, with at least two years of full-time experience in acquiring scholarly or serious trade books. We welcome applications from acquisitions editors at any level of seniority who meet this experience requirement. A Ph.D. in relevant field may substitute for some publishing experience.
2)Proven knowledge of book publishing and a record engaging and cultivating the ideas of scholar-authors.
Technical Knowledge or Skills
1) Microsoft Office.
2) Excellent computer skills in PC environment and knowledge of Microsoft Word.
3) Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and database skills.
2) Cover Letter
3) A list of signed and published books, or comparable writings/projects, is required and should accompany the application.
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