Acquisitions Editor/Senior Editor

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Acquisitions Editor/Senior Editor

Stanford University

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Acquisitions Editor / Senior Editor

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

Stanford University Press publishes 130 books a year across the humanities, social sciences, and business. Stanford University Press is located in Redwood City, CA.


  • 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.

Preferred Experience:

  • At least three years' experience as an Acquisitions Editor.
  • Proven acquisitions and network of authors in the social sciences.

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,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research, teaching and clinical missions.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, and course auditing. Join a TedTalk, watch a film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4262
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 89283


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

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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Job No:
Posted: 4/23/2021
Application Due: 4/23/2033
Work Type: Full Time