Acquisitions Editor

Aug 28, 2017
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Publishers & Presses
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Acquisitions Editor

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Stanford University Press seeks an energetic, experienced publishing professional to acquire scholarly and professional books in business and economics. Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, this individual will play a key role in the development and shaping of these lists for the Press.

Stanford University Press publishes 140 books a year across the humanities, social sciences, law, and business. Stanford University Press is located in Redwood City, CA. If not already local to the San Francisco Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate and work in our Redwood City office.


  • Acquire and develop 25 titles per year, solicit and evaluate proposals and manuscripts, work with series editors, prepare publishing plans to present to the editorial board, negotiate contracts with authors or agents, and consult with production and marketing.
  • Work closely with authors, as well as a shared editorial assistant, to ensure manuscripts are of high quality, well prepared, and meet scholarly, market, and financial expectations.
  • Travel to scholarly conferences and to University campuses.
  • Develop, execute, and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, talking points, correspondence, and social media posts.
  • Participate in regular meetings of key researchers with media relations needs to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications.
  • Assist in identifying and maintaining professional relationships with key Press and community leaders.
  • Assist in preparing content for internal or external publication. Understand email and digital content distribution.
  • Identify individuals/groups to attend and/or speak at public meetings or other events.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned


    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

    Other Relevant Experience May Include:

  • At least three years' experience as an Acquisitions Editor.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal communications groups across campus.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of people.
  • Capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood.

    Other Relevant Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities May Include:
  • Proven track record in acquiring scholarly and professional titles.
  • Knowledge of academic research and publishing standards, including the peer review process. Knowledge of contracts and copyright.
  • Familiarity with the subject areas.
  • Proven ability to develop and shape a publishing program.
  • Knowledge of electronic book publishing and interest in emerging digital opportunities.
  • Connections with trade agents.
  • Excellent communication, project management, and networking skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with computer systems.

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • On call and ability to respond 24/7.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

    Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Communications

    Location: University Libraries
    Schedule: Full-time
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    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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