Harvard University Press
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities
Harvard University Press seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial editor to acquire 20 new books each year in a range of academic fields, with emphasis on books of general intellectual and global interest. Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, the Executive Editor works closely with the Press's internal Editorial Committee and a university-wide faculty board to establish academic priorities and build a list at the forefront of scholarship, consistent with the standards of one of the world's great universities. The successful candidate will demonstrate familiarity with HUP's range of publications and will propose a set of fields as the primary focus of his or her acquisitions effort.
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 for preparation and delivery are met; consults with colleagues in the Editorial and Design/Production departments to achieve efficient editing and production in print and digital formats; and cooperates with Sales/Marketing to ensure awareness and reception of books by their intended readers. The Executive Editor presents new projects to the Press's internal Editorial Committee, its faculty board, and its sales representatives and prepares qualitative and quantitative assessments of seasonal lists, along with other materials, to assist managers in establishing the future direction of the Press's publishing program.
B.A. required and advanced degree preferred. Ten years in publishing, with emphasis on acquisitions experience, required.
Familiarity with the academic community; o outstanding oral and written communication; diplomacy and other interpersonal skills; ability to work under pressure of competing deadlines; ability to multi-task, prioritize, solve complex, detailed problems, and identify and pursue critical paths toward concrete goals; entrepreneurial spirit, energy, and positive outlook about the future of scholarly publishing; facility with Microsoft Office, online search engines, and other Web tools and databases.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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