Senior Editor/Executive Editor

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Senior Editor/Executive Editor

Stanford University

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

Stanford University Press publishes 130 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 an 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, and correspondence.
  • 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 Preferred May Include:

  • At least five years' experience as an Acquisitions Editor.
  • Proven acquisitions and network of authors in the humanities.

    Job title and salary will be commensurate with experience.

    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.
  • 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 trade 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.

    Physical Requirements*:

  • 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.

    Working Conditions:

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

    Work Standards:

  • 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.

    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 4262
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: H
    • Requisition ID: 83586


    Location: University Libraries, Redwood City, California, United States
    Classification Level:

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    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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    Job No:
    Posted: 6/20/2019
    Application Due: 8/20/2019
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