Title
Editorial Director
Employer
Columbia University Press
Location
New York City
Date Posted
06/25/2014
Description
Columbia University Press seeks an Editorial Director who will lead the acquisitions department and work to enhance the distinction of our imprint, ensuring that we are at the forefront of scholarship in each of our fields of publication. The successful candidate will be an accomplished, highly motivated publisher with a successful record of publishing important works for scholarly, general interest, and student audiences.

The Editorial Director
• is a strategic thinker, and a member of the Press management team, participating in Press-wide initiatives and strategic plans
• supervises 7 acquiring editors and an assistant, and manages weekly editorial meetings and monthly faculty publication committee meetings
• establishes and implements acquisitions policies in consultation with the Press Director
• administers and manages the acquisitions department and is responsible for all aspects of the quality and success of the editorial program
• sets and monitors acquisitions goals and procedures for the department
• sets guidelines for manuscript evaluation to meet the highest academic standards
• ensures that sound financial projections and publishing plans are developed for each book
• develops, in consultation with the Sales and Marketing Director, seasonal lists, and makes recommendations regarding promotional efforts and overall publishing plans for individual titles and fields
• administers the departmental budget, approves spending and travel allocations
• regularly examines backlist sales performance, ebook sales, and other factors in order to recommend shifts in the program
• tracks emerging fields, monitors academic and industry trends, and regularly consults with faculty advisors at Columbia University on the direction of our list
• works with the Director and Rights Manager to assist the acquisitions editors in contract negotiations
• consults closely with the production and manuscript editorial departments regarding schedules and seasonal lists
• manages annual list revenue analysis
• recommends born-digital products or other non-traditional formats for segments of the list or special projects
• conducts fundraising for individual titles and grant writing for major projects
• cultivates contacts with Columbia faculty, major authors, and scholars in our core disciplines
• In addition, the Editorial Director acquires approximately 20 new titles per year. The subject areas will depend on the abilities and experience of the successful candidate and Press needs.


Qualifications include
• B.A. required, graduate degree preferred
• outstanding oral and written communications skills
• strong organizational, managerial, and planning skills
• minimum of ten years’ experience in scholarly publishing
• minimum of five years’ management experience is preferable; the winning candidate must be an adept manager with a strong record of team-building
• strong networking skills
• entrepreneurship and demonstrated success in acquiring groundbreaking scholarly work
• diplomacy and ability to work closely and respectfully with colleagues and with faculty
• experience publishing digital scholarly products and platforms
• budgeting and forecasting experience
• ability to manage a large and diverse list of books
• demonstrated understanding of trends in the industry


Columbia University Press was founded in 1893 and is the fourth-oldest university press in the United States. We seek to enhance Columbia University's educational mission by acquiring and publishing outstanding original works by scholars and others that contribute to an understanding of global human concerns. Through the agency of book, reference, electronic publishing and distribution services, the Press endeavors to broaden the university’s international reputation in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
The Press currently publishes approximately 160 new titles every year in the fields of animal studies, Asian literature, Asian politics and history, biological sciences, business, criminology, culinary studies and food history, current affairs, economics, environmental sciences, film and media studies, finance, global history, health policy, international affairs, journalism, literary studies, Middle East studies, New York City history, philosophy, paleontology, psychology, political theory, religion, science, security and terrorism studies, social work, and U.S. history
Widely reviewed and the recipients of numerous awards, Columbia University Press titles are sold around the world.
Columbia University Press continues to be a leader in the field of electronic publishing with innovative and timely products such as Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO), the Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, and the Columbia Gazetteer of the World.

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