Job description

Job location: 3905 Spruce-University of Penn Press

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-10-08
Req: JR00011157
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title


Job Profile Title

Editor C

Job Description Summary

A key member of the senior management team, the Editor in Chief leads the Acquisitions Department of the Press, a five-person department focused on acquiring in the humanities and qualitative social sciences; the Editor in Chief coordinates the department’s editorial vision while also managing and developing a list of his/her own. The Editor in Chief develops and implements policies and procedures on behalf of the department, as well as representing the Press throughout the university, the academy at large, and at professional conferences and meetings. Reporting to the Director, the Editor in Chief also works closely with the Director and other members of the senior management team to develop and implement the Press’s strategic agenda.

Job Description


Department Management and strategic planning:

  • Facilitate, manage, coordinate, and supervise the work of the acquiring editors and acquisitions assistants. This includes establishing and monitoring individual and departmental goals, including signing goals for the acquiring editors and meeting regularly with acquisitions staff to assess their progress toward goals. Develop and coordinate editorial policy to effectively implement the strategic direction of the editorial program. Develop the skills of all members of the department to further their professional growth.
  • Lead regularly scheduled Editorial Review Committee meetings to discuss new acquisitions projects for contract and consideration by the Faculty Editorial Board; participate in weekly transmittal and scheduling meetings. Oversee the development, composition, and timely closure of seasonal publication lists. Work closely, collaboratively, and collegially with the sales and marketing, production, journals, and finance/business departments as part of overall Press strategic planning, including creating and managing the departmental expense budget.

Book Acquisition:

  • Acquire 20 intellectually significant books a year humanities and qualitative social science disciplines. Develop productive and collegial working relationships with key faculty and academic staff both locally and at other institutions of higher education. Remain current with new publishing trends and cutting-edge developments and contribute this knowledge to the development of long-term Press strategy.

Other duties as assigned.


  • An undergraduate degree in any field and 8 or more years experience in acquiring scholarly books, or an equivalent amount of experience and education. Graduate training or degree is also desirable.
  • Experience managing staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with leadership and staff in all departments of a publishing operation, including sales and marketing, production, technology, and finance.
  • Ability to travel as needed to professional conferences and to other campuses.
  • 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.

Working Conditions:

  • Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort:

  • Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Provost's Center

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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.




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Posted: 10/10/2019
Application Due: 11/17/2019
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