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Executive Editor
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138
Date Posted
Executive Editor for Economics, Law, and Education

Job details

Auto req ID 32076BR

School/Unit Harvard University Press

Sub-Unit ------------

Location USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Function Communications

Department HUP Editorial

Salary Grade 060

Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities

Harvard University Press seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial editor to acquire 20 new books each year primarily in economics and law, with a focus on topics of global concern. These include problems of capitalism and inequality, energy sustainability and resource management, human rights and human health, climate change and environmental threats, crime and justice, employment and consumption, trade and transportation, international law and financial regulation, cybersecurity and other challenges facing democracy in the United States and abroad. The Executive Editor also sponsors HUP's higher education list, which features books aimed at informing the way faculty, administrators, and students go about the practical business of teaching and learning.

The Executive Editor works with HUP's internal Editorial Committee to establish priorities, and consults with qualified academics at Harvard and other universities to ensure that HUP's publishing program is at the forefront of scholarship, consistent with the standards of one of the world's great universities. The Editor closely monitors innovative research by establishing contacts with creative scholars and other knowledgeable professionals, reading widely and deeply in the literature of the disciplines, attending professional conferences, and traveling to campuses throughout the United States. The Editor maintains a large network of prospective authors, along with agents and other publishing professionals, using all available means of discovery and communication; solicits and evaluates proposals for trade books, professional books, and scholarly monographs; commissions new works of broad interest and significance; and seeks appropriate projects for translation. The Executive Editor sends manuscripts and proposals out for independent review by experts; coordinates contract negotiations and licenses with the Intellectual Property department; works closely with authors to ensure that manuscripts are well written and that 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.

The Executive Editor reports to the Editor-in-Chief and works cooperatively with the Department's team of 30 editors and assistants.

Basic Qualifications

An advanced degree and 10 years of publishing experience, including 5 years of experience acquiring a strong list in at least one of the relevant fields.

Additional Qualifications

Familiarity with the academic community; 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 in-house bibliographic database.

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