|Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 02138|
|Harvard University Press seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial Executive Editor-at-Large to acquire 20 new books each year in a range of academic disciplines, with emphasis on topics of general intellectual and global interest. Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief and working from the Press’s Cambridge MA offices, the Executive Editor collaborates with the Press’s internal Editorial Committee and a university-wide faculty board to build a strong list at the forefront of scholarship. The successful candidate will demonstrate familiarity with HUP’s publication program and will propose a set of fields as the primary focus of his or her acquisitions effort.|
Responsibilities: The Executive Editor closely monitors innovative research by establishing contacts with creative scholars and other knowledgeable professionals, reading widely and deeply in the literature, attending professional conferences, and traveling to campuses throughout the United States. The Executive Editor maintains a network of prospective authors, along with agents and other publishing professionals, using all available means of discovery and communication; commissions new works of broad interest and significance; selectively solicits and evaluates proposals for trade books, professional books, and scholarly monographs; and seeks appropriate projects for translation. The Executive Editor sends manuscripts and proposals to experts for independent reviews; coordinates contract negotiations and licenses with HUP’s Intellectual Property department; works closely with authors to ensure that manuscripts are well written and contractual obligations are met; consults with colleagues in Editorial and other departments to achieve efficient editing and production in print and digital formats and to ensure awareness and reception of books by their intended readers. The Executive Editor presents new projects to the Press’s Editorial Committee, its faculty board, and its sales representatives and prepares assessments of seasonal lists to assist managers in establishing the future direction of the Press’s publishing program.
Basic Qualifications: Undergraduate degree required, with advanced degree preferred; ten years in publishing, and acquisitions experience.
Application: Please submit cover letter, résumé, and book list to Harvard University’s ASPIRE website Req. 33181.