Acquiring Editor for Architecture, Design, and Regional Interest

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
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Oct 21, 2021

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-14
Req: R0025425

The University of Virginia Press (UVAP) seeks an innovative, productive, and experienced editor to acquire and develop 18-20 new book projects each year in the areas of architecture and urban design, landscape architecture, architectural history, and regional interest. This full-time staff position reports to the Editor-in-Chief. UVAP has a prestigious reputation among scholarly presses for high-caliber books in architecture and landscape and urban design as well as regional interest, including Helen Horowitz’s Traces of J.B. Jackson, Jill Desimini’s Cyclical City—Five Stories of Urban Transformation, Walter Hood and Grace Mitchel Tada (eds.), Black Landscapes Matter, and Earl Swift’s Journey on the James. In addition, the acquiring editor will have opportunities to develop new series in the assigned categories. The Architecture, Design, and Regional Interest editor will be responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and developing proposals and manuscripts for exceptional scholarly and trade books, acting as primary liaison with those authors, managing all aspects of the editorial process, applying for grant monies, and overseeing the books through the entire course of publication.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with the Editor-in-Chief to create a strategic plan for developing the Architecture, Design, and Regional list.

  • Collaborating with other acquiring editors on the development of regional titles as well as outside editors of assigned series.

  • Conceptualizing new projects and identifying appropriate authors.

  • Managing the peer review process.

  • Presenting projects with a preliminary financial plan to the in-house publication committee, as well as to UVAP’s faculty editorial board.

  • Applying to appropriate grant-making sources for book and series support.

  • Negotiating, in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief and the Director, publication contracts.

  • Working with authors and editorial assistant on manuscript development, preparation, revisions, and formatting.

  • Collaborating with Editorial Design and Production (EDP) Manager and staff on copyediting, design, and production.

  • Working with Sales, Marketing, and Publicity on concepts for packaging, reviewing catalogue and jacket copy, and strategies for the promotion of all assigned titles.

  • Responsibility for acquisitions in other fields as agreed.

The Architecture, Design, and Regional Interest Editor should have a dynamic, original, and forward-looking vision for the Press’s list and should possess strong project conceptualization skills. The Press has strong relationships with University faculty, scholarly associations, and partner organizations throughout Virginia and beyond. However, the acquiring editor will be expected to develop networks of advisors and editorial contacts in the relevant fields beyond existing partners and networks. The Editor should be prepared to identify suitable authors for Press-initiated projects, travel to conferences and campuses, develop and maintain a broad familiarity with the significant literature in the field, nurture existing institutional relationships, and stay abreast of current trends in academia and scholarly publishing. These trends include progressive approaches to architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design--such as sustainable materials and design, race and landscape, design and fabrication in the digital age--as well as material culture and regional interest. The development of gifted new authors and diverse voices is considered key.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required with at least five years of book publishing experience at a university press, scholarly publisher, or a trade publisher with a complementary list, with a strong and proven record of acquisitions in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and regional culture is required. Master’s Degree is preferred.

  • Experience with planning and project management.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications, with strong teamwork and interpersonal skills are required.

  • Must have Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook experience.

  • Experience with FileMaker Pro (Allbooks) is preferred.

ABOUT THE PRESS: The University of Virginia Press was founded in 1963 to advance the intellectual interests not only of the University of Virginia, but of institutions of higher learning throughout the state. A member of the Association of University Presses, UVAP currently publishes seventy to eighty new titles annually and operates a successful digital imprint, Rotunda. UVAP is located on the grounds of UVA (a World Heritage Site) in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, a historic and diverse intellectual and entrepreneurial community near the Blue Ridge Mountains with exceptional music, arts, food, sports, and other cultural resources.

This position will remain open till filled. Review of applications will begin on June 20, 2021 with a start date of on, or before August 15, 2021. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Recruiter at

How to Apply:

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration, please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for R0025425. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for R0025425. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

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