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#1140 Acquisitions Editor
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Minnesota Historical Society
History Center Building
345 Kellogg Blvd W
St Paul, MN 55102-1906
Date Posted
SALARY: $3,660.00 monthly minimum
STATUS & HOURS: Full-time, regular (2,088 annual hours) position
CLASSIFICATION: 11L Professional
POSTING DATE: June 24, 2014
DEADLINE DATE: July 16, 2014

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for an Acquisitions Editor who would be responsible for acquiring and developing up to 10 new titles per year in the fields of Upper Midwest history, Scandinavian studies, nature and the environment, military history, and regional popular culture, as well as any MNHS press-museum collaborative book projects, for both general and academic markets of the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) in close consultation with the editorial and marketing/sales teams of the MNHS Press, identify authors and acquire promising manuscripts in select disciplines, to include Upper Midwest history, Scandinavian studies, nature and the environment, military history, and regional popular culture for the press, as well as any MNHS press-museum collaborative book projects; 2) perform substantive editing on manuscripts, working closely with authors and reviewers, to improve content, organization, and accuracy; 3) participate in MNHS strategic priority teams and workgroups as requested to represent the press and to contribute to coordination of interdivisional projects; and 4) participate in conferences and meetings of local, state, regional, and national professional and scholarly organizations to represent MNHS and MNHS Press and to increase knowledge of publishing procedures and of historical methods, trends, and theories.

• Bachelor’s degree in English, history, anthropology, journalism or related field plus five years program experience with one year of editorial acquisitions in regional trade and scholarly publishing or equivalent OR an advanced degree plus three years program experience or equivalent.
• Extensive knowledge of editorial procedures necessary for meeting highest standards of scholarly publishing.
• Understanding of academic and general trade publishing, both print and digital.
• Ability to develop productive professional relationships with colleagues, authors, vendors, publishers, and scholars who serve as manuscript referees.
• Computer proficiency, including mastery of Microsoft Office software, FileMaker, Adobe Acrobat, digital editing software, and GoogleDocs.
• Strong judgment; strong communications and project management skills.
• Knowledge of printing technology and publishing procedures sufficient to produce high-quality publications at lowest price.

• Familiarity with subject areas.
• Knowledge of American and Minnesota history, supplemented by continuous reading and study, sufficient to judge the quality of manuscripts, communicate orally and in writing with professional historians and other scholars, and advise authors in the development of manuscripts.
• Knowledge of historical and related interdisciplinary resources in MNHS and in other repositories throughout the country to guide authors to information relating to their manuscripts and other research needs.

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