Acquisition Editor/Senior Acquisitions Editor - University Press - (139522)

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Acquisitions/Senior Acquisitions Editor

University Press

University of Illinois System - Urbana

The University System Office seeks an Acquisition Editor/Senior Acquisitions Editor to be a member of the acquisitions program involved in discussions of focus and direction of publishing program. This position is responsible for acquiring at least 20 to 25 books per year that have scholarly merit and commercial viability and that support the mission of the Press.

This position will build and expand lists in a number of humanities and social science disciplines, helping achieve goals set by Press Director and Editor-in-Chief for acquisitions program. This position will also mentor junior staff and engage in outward facing activities such as publishing talks. At the senior level, the position assists the editor-in-chief in managing acquisitions department.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop lists in relevant subject areas

  1. Recruit, develop, and initiate worthwhile book projects. Evaluate submissions. Identify outside reviewers and send them proposals and manuscripts for scholarly evaluation. Maintain professional and productive relations with authors, series editors, and other Press departments.
  2. Prepare descriptions of projects (both oral and written) and present to press committees and boards. Report periodically regarding academic fields being handled to Editor-in-Chief and other acquisitions editors.
  3. Estimate costs and revenues for projects under consideration. Identify sources of outside funding and secure grants to offset publishing expenses. Negotiate contracts.
  4. Ensure authors' adherence to schedules, formatting guidelines, and permissions requirements in preparing approved manuscripts for transmission to the Editorial Department.


  1. Represent the Press at scholarly meetings and conferences, keeping abreast of developments in the academic fields of acquisition. Some travel required.
  2. Present publishing talks and workshops that increase the visibility of the Press to the University and the scholarly community more broadly.
  3. Contribute to a culture of teamwork, continuous learning, and collegiality within the department and with other groups at the Press. Foster innovation and cross-departmental collaboration and contribute to Presswide initiatives. Serve as a positive representative of the Press to the public.

Staff development

  1. Train, mentor, advise, and supervise acquisitions staff as needed. Participate in professional development initiatives.


  1. Other duties and responsibilities appropriate for an Acquisitions or Senior Acquisitions Editor.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities - Senior Acquisitions Editor

1. Assist the editor-in-chief in managing acquisitions department.

2. In consultation with the editor-in-chief serve in leadership role in departmental meetings and/or retreats.

Education and Experience Acquisition Editor


  1. Bachelor's degree.
  2. Two years of publishing experience demonstrating knowledge of and commitment to advancing and advocating for scholarship. Master's degree may be substituted for one (1) year of work experience.


  1. Graduate degree.

Education and Experience Senior Acquisition Editor


  1. Five or more years of work in book publishing, with at least two years of full-time experience in acquiring scholarly or serious trade books.


  1. Graduate degree.
  2. Academic work in a relevant field may substitute for some publishing experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Track record of working successfully with scholars.
  2. High degree of organization and follow-through.
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Excellent networking skills.
  5. Computer proficiency.
  6. Ability to balance multiple competing demands.
  7. Intellectual curiosity.
  8. Ability to inspire trust.
  9. Acquisitions and/ or scholarly publishing experience in the humanities and/or humanistic social sciences.
  10. Familiarity with subject areas and scholarly networks within history and American studies, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and/or African-American studies.
  11. Familiarity with all stages of the publishing process.


This is a full-time Civil Service Program Coordinator appointed on a 12 month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after November 30, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applications must be received by November 30, 2020. Apply for this position by going to If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained including bachelor’s degree and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position by going to Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information about this specific position, contact Melissa McMullen at [email protected] For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment

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Posted: 11/14/2020
Application Due: 11/30/2020
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