Acquisitions Editor
University of Arkansas Press
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Date Posted
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.

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