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A key member of the acquisitions team in our Books division, the Associate Editor will join a five-person department focused on acquiring books in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. Under the supervision of our Editor in Chief, the Associate Editor will focus on acquiring new titles for one or more of our lists, to be determined in consultation with the Editor in Chief, Director, and other Acquisitions staff. The Associate Editor will be responsible for the entire lifecycle of their lists, including recruiting new authors; peer review and faculty board approval; list planning; pre-transmittal work; collaborative work to promote the list; and energetic engagement with disciplinary stakeholders via conference travel, project development, etc. The Associate Editor will be responsible for communicating effectively with authors as well as members of the Editing, Design, and Production department and the Marketing and Sales department to assure that books of the highest quality are acquired and transmitted steadily each year.
Acquiring and transmitting new projects:
Acquire 15-20 intellectually significant new projects each year in the humanities and social sciences; specific lists and series to be determined in consultation with the Editor in Chief, Director, and Acquisitions staff.
Working with the Editorial Assistants, oversee peer review and presentation of new projects for contract to the in-house Editorial Review Committee.
Present projects to the Faculty Editorial Board for vetting and approval.
With the Editorial Assistants, co-manage timely transmittals of a set number (to be determined in collaboration with the Editor in Chief) of new projects per season.
Working with the Editor in Chief (and with input from Marketing and EDP), create plans for each yearâ™s transmittals and publications with the aim of achieving balanced representation in the market of each list and series.Â
With the Editorial Assistants, co-manage accurate and timely creation and distribution of title metadata for books placed under contract.
Conference travel and related list development activities:
Travel to disciplinary conferences and meetings to recruit new projects; monitor the progress of projects under contract; and investigate and share knowledge of new disciplinary trends.
Develop productive and collegial working relationships with key faculty and academic staff both locally and at other institutions of higher education.Â
Participation as possible and appropriate in service activities designed to encourage new projects such as workshops for faculty and grad students, Penn Press-sponsored campus events, committee membership, etc.
Assist marketing staff in creating copy, including endorsements, and other marketing metadata.
Participation as possible and appropriate in marketing activities such as author events, writing for the Penn Press blog, social media participation, etc.Â
Other duties as assigned
An undergraduate degree in any field; graduate training is desirable. Three or more years experience in publishing; experience specific to not-for-profit scholarly publishing is desirable.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Desire to learn and share knowledge about new developments in scholarly publishing, including new disciplinary norms, new business models (such as Open Access), new technological tools for all stages of publication, new regulatory expectations (such as new accessibility standards for differently-abled readers), etc.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and Filemaker; working knowledge of common title management systems (Firebrand, Biblio, Allbooks, etc.) Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator and Photoshop) desirable.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff in all departments of a publishing operation, including sales and marketing, production, technology, and finance.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively.
An understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
Ability to travel as needed to professional conferences and to other campuses.
Working Conditions Office, library, computer room
Physical Effort Typically sitting at a desk or table
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00
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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: JR00017254
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