Sr. Acquisitions Editor (Life Sciences)

Jun 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Press is seeking an experienced and accomplished editor to assume responsibility for the Press's lists in life sciences. The senior editor will oversee and evolve a program of 20-30 titles a year, with a list that includes trade, scholarly, course, and reference books across a range of disciplines, currently including behavior, botany, conservation, ecology, evolution, marine biology, natural history, and paleobiology. The science list, and titles sponsored by the senior editor, are expected to contribute significantly to the Press's income. The senior editor will collaborate closely with other Press departments to manage projects throughout their lifecycle.

Unit Job Summary: Maintains and expands network of authors, advisors, and agents by email, mail, telephone, and in person during editorial trips and at academic conferences. Engages routinely with faculty at the University and throughout Chicago's scientific community as a source of potential collaborations. Invites and commissions appropriate projects in assigned subject areas and evaluates unsolicited submissions. Maintains sense of key research, literature and authors in the life sciences. Seeks advice on proposals and manuscripts from qualified referees and arranges formal review. Works with authors on arranging appropriate revisions and provides editorial advice to supplement reviewer commentary. Acts as primary liaison for author, both as author "advocate" in stimulating interest and support for a project internally at the Press and as representative of the Press responsible for upholding publication and financial policies. 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 for books acquired. Collaborates with other Press departments to ensure that accepted books are given appropriate levels of editing, design, production, and marketing, including those particular to the complexities of scientific works. Presents projects at transmittal meetings, marketing/production meetings, and biannual sales meetings. Collaborates with and assists in mentoring editorial associate and student assistant.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Five or more years of work in book publishing, with at least two years of acquisitions experience in the life sciences or other closely aligned fields required. Demonstrable track record of trade, scholarly, and professional acquisitions required; A list of signed and published books is required and should accompany the application.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to coordinate the work of others required. Strategic planning skills required. Knowledge and ability to manage large-scale publishing projects required. Knowledge of publishing finances required. Knowledge of process for acquiring scholarly works required. Knowledge of relevant discipline required. Knowledge of academic advisers in discipline required. Ability to comprehend academic writing required. Strong verbal, written, and public speaking communication skills required. Editing skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Interpersonal skills required. Negotiation skills required. Decision-making skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Analytical skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Proficiency with computers required. Knowledge of relevant discipline preferred. Knowledge of academic advisers in discipline preferred. Knowledge of business of book and e book publishing preferred.

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