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Job no: 95899-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Communications, Editing, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Library, Museum, Arts, Management/Supervisory, Other

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Academic Staff-Renewable

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Anticipated Begin Date:

NOVEMBER 06, 2018


This is a renewable appointment.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $55,406 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Degree and area of specialization:

Master's degree is required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

- Minimum of five years of professional work experience with at least three years of experience in scholarly book acquisitions or a combination of scholarly and other book acquisitions.
- Demonstrated success in acquiring books and list building.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with a wide variety of audiences. Must be able to communicate effectively with writers, academics, scholars, and staff.
- Understanding of the subtleties of copyrights and permissions within an academic publishing program.
- Outstanding writing and editing skills, including the ability to conceptualize, evaluate, and develop manuscripts into strong books.
- Ability to effectively manage staff to achieve shared goals.
- Excellent organizational skills, with a proven track record of effectively managing multiple simultaneous projects and deadlines.
- Ability to monitor, analyze, and report on acquisition efforts.
- Experience developing and managing project or departmental budgets.
- Ability to successfully negotiate contracts.
- Ability to travel; attend trade shows, academic meetings, and conferences; and set up and disassemble display tables/booths.
- Diversity and inclusion are primary values for the University of Wisconsin Press and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums.
- Ability to judge quality of manuscripts in one or more foreign languages is desirable.

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Position Summary:

The Editor-in-Chief oversees the acquisitions department of the University of Wisconsin Press, serves as a member of the press's senior management team, supervises acquisitions staff, and reports to the press's director.

The University of Wisconsin Press was established in 1936 and is part of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The UW Press is a nonprofit publisher of books, journals, and other works. It has published more than 3,000 titles since its inception and employs over 20 staff (including academic and university staff, limited term employees, and graduate and undergraduate students). The press currently publishes approximately 50 books per year and 12 journals, in both print and electronic formats.

The UW Press's mission is to embody and extend the research, education, and outreach mission of the University of Wisconsin through publishing:
- Scholarship, research, and educational materials of exceptional quality and distinction valued by a worldwide academic and professional community;
- Works that serve the people of Wisconsin and document our region's heritage; and
- Works that sustain a literate culture and foster an informed and engaged citizenry.

Additional Information:

Please note that the UW Press is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

This position requires the ability to work from the UW Press's editorial office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Learn more about UW-Madison at https://www.wisc.edu/about/ and the City of Madison at https://madison.wisc.edu/.

UW-Madison is an affirmative action/equal employment employer and we encourage women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.


Ryan Pingel
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the Apply Now button to submit a cover letter and current resume highlighting relevant experience. You will be asked to provide 3 professional references.

Additional Link:Full Position Details NOTE: A Period of Evaluation will be Required The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

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Applications Open: Sep 18 2018 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Nov 1 2018 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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Posted: 10/19/2018
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