Develops network of academic advisers and writers. Analyzes and interprets advice from qualified academic referees and arranges formal reviews. Works independently to acquire trade, scholarly, and course-adoption books per year in assigned subject areas.
Engages routinely with faculty at the University and throughout Chicagoâ™s social sciences community as a source of potential collaborations.
Solicits, commissions, and evaluates projects in assigned subject areas to meet fiscal goals of department. Develops publication proposals including descriptions of books, assessments of review processes, evaluations of market viability, profit and loss analyses, and royalty arrangements. Presents proposals to editorial committee and Board of Publications.
Uses in-depth knowledge of publication business to propose contract terms to management and negotiates contracts with authors, agents, and co-publishers for books acquired.
Collaborates with other Press departments to ensure that accepted books are given the appropriate level of editing, design, production, and marketing. Acts as a representative for the Press at scholarly and publishing meetings globally.
Supervises and mentors an editorial associate and student assistant.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelor's degree. Â
Advance degree. Â
Five or more years of experience in book publishing as an acquisitions editor, with at least two yearsâ™ experience in related fields; Ph.D. in relevant discipline may substitute for some publishing experience.
Proven knowledge of book publishing and a record engaging and cultivating the ideas of scholar-authors.
Demonstrable track record of trade, scholarly, and professional acquisitions.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Excellent computer skills in PC environment and knowledge of Microsoft Word.
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and database skills.
Domestic and occasionally international travel.
Cover Letter (required)
A list of signed and published books, or comparable writings/projects (required)
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