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A key member of the senior management team, the Editor in Chief leads the Acquisitions Department of the Press, a five-person department focused on acquiring in the humanities and qualitative social sciences; the Editor in Chief coordinates the departmentâ™s editorial vision while also managing and developing a list of his/her own. The Editor in Chief develops and implements policies and procedures on behalf of the department, as well as representing the Press throughout the university, the academy at large, and at professional conferences and meetings. Reporting to the Director, the Editor in Chief also works closely with the Director and other members of the senior management team to develop and implement the Pressâ™s strategic agenda.
Department Management and strategic planning:
Facilitate, manage, coordinate, and supervise the work of the acquiring editors and acquisitions assistants. This includes establishing and monitoring individual and departmental goals, includingÂ signing goals for the acquiring editors and meeting regularly with acquisitions staff to assessÂ their progress toward goals. Develop and coordinate editorial policy to effectively implement theÂ strategic direction of the editorial program. Develop the skills of all members of the departmentÂ to further their professional growth.
Lead regularly scheduled Editorial Review Committee meetings to discuss new acquisitions projects for contract and consideration by the Faculty Editorial Board; participate in weekly transmittalÂ and scheduling meetings. Oversee the development, composition, and timely closure of seasonalÂ publication lists. Work closely, collaboratively, and collegially with the sales and marketing,Â production, journals, and finance/business departments as part of overall Press strategic planning,Â including creating and managing the departmental expense budget.
Acquire 20 intellectually significant books a year humanities and qualitative social science disciplines. Develop productive and collegial working relationships with key faculty and academicÂ staff both locally and at other institutions of higher education. Remain current with newÂ publishing trends and cutting-edge developments and contribute this knowledge to the development ofÂ long-term Press strategy.
Other duties as assigned.
An undergraduate degree in any field and 8 or more years experience in acquiring scholarly books,Â or an equivalent amount of experience and education. Graduate training or degree is also desirable.
Experience managing staff.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with leadership and staff in all departments of aÂ publishing operation, including sales and marketing, production, technology, and finance.
Ability to travel as needed to professional conferences and to other campuses.
An understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstratedÂ through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities thatÂ diversity brings to an organization.
Office, library, computer room
Typically sitting at a desk or table
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00011157
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