Harvard University Press seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial acquisitions editor to acquire 10-15 new books each year in a range of social science and humanities fields (political theory, philosophy, law), with emphasis on books of general intellectual and global interest. Reporting to the Editorial Director and the Director of the Press, the Editor establishes academic priorities and builds a list at the forefront of scholarship, consistent with the standards of Harvard University.
This is a two-year term position with the possibility of renewal.
The Editor closely monitors innovative research by establishing contacts with authors and other experts, reading widely and deeply in the literature, attending professional conferences, and traveling to campuses throughout the United States. He or she maintains a network of prospective authors, along with agents and other publishing professionals, using all available means of discovery and communication; commissions new works of broad appeal and significance; and selectively solicits and evaluates proposals for trade books, professional books, and cutting-edge research monographs.
The Editor sends manuscripts for independent peer review; negotiates contracts; works closely with authors to ensure that manuscripts are well written and contractual obligations are met; works with colleagues in all departments to ensure optimal editing and production and to ensure awareness and reception of books by their intended readers. In consultation with the Editorial Director, the Editor presents projects to the Press's university-wide faculty board, prepares title information sheets, drafts promotional copy, provides briefs for jacket design, and participates in the Press' marketing launch meetings, and is responsible for other duties as needed or required.
PLEASE NOTE: During the current period of Covid-19 related restrictions, this position may start as a remote position, with the transition to onsite in Cambridge when the office reopens.
We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with our interview process. We will be conducting interviews virtually for selected candidates until further notice.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
Bachelor's degree required, and advanced degree preferred. Minimum 5 years of publishing experience required, including book-acquisition experience. Other relevant qualifications such as advanced academic degrees, related media experience, or institutional appointments will be considered.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 54253BR
About Harvard University Press
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