|University of Arkansas Press|
|The Acquisitions Editor works directly with the director of the University of Arkansas Press to establish and direct acquisitions priorities and ensure a strong, focused, financially viable acquisitions program by nurturing strategic relationships within the scholarly community, developing new proposals and manuscripts, and initiating new book series. |
The acquisitions editor solicits and evaluates proposals and manuscripts for the Press with the goal of acquiring 20 new books per year, establishes a network of authors inside and outside the U of A community, and develops relationships with the broader external scholarly publishing community (occasionally representing the Press at selected conferences and events), positioning him/herself as a thought leader in scholarly publishing.
Additionally, he/she manages the peer review process, works closely with authors to ensure that manuscripts are of high quality and well prepared, and collaborates with other departmental managers as a key adviser on digital content strategy. The Acquisitions Editor also recommends updates and modifications to editorial policies and practices as needed to adjust to changes in the publishing landscape; prepares yearly publishing plans; oversees peer review process; negotiates author contracts; represents the Press at selected scholarly conferences and events; and maintains a collaborative work environment with the editorial, production and marketing teams.
Successful candidates will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; be well organized, self-disciplined, and accustomed to enforcing deadlines and have demonstrated ability to read and evaluate manuscripts quickly and judge their suitability as a potential publication.
Thorough understanding of editorial practices and production methods and extensive knowledge of and a strong interest in digital publishing is also desired. Successful applicants should be well versed in content repurposing and repackaging in all formats; have strong computer skills, in particular Word and Filemaker; and a proven ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with authors.