Indiana University Press Seeks Editorial Director

March 19, 2021

Indiana University Press is hiring an editorial director.

Job Summary

The editorial director manages the acquisitions department of Indiana University Press and:

  • supervises a team of acquisitions editors and their assistants;
  • works with the Director of IU Press and Digital Publishing to formulate and update a long-term acquisition strategic plan;
  • directs overall editorial strategy and book list-building opportunities, and is responsible for seasonal list planning;
  • acquires up to 25 scholarly and trade books each year in assigned areas, including philosophy, African studies, and Jewish studies;
  • develops and monitors long-term IU Press acquisition strategic plan and department budget;
  • ensures that the acquisitions team meets productivity and revenue objectives seasonally and annually;
  • forecasts and monitors seasonal lists, coordinating closely with other departments;
  • mentors, trains, and monitors the performance of acquisition editors;
  • leads team meetings and participates in seasonal list setting meetings, senior management meetings, and front list post-publication assessment meetings;
  • develops book lists in assigned and new areas to advance Press’s publishing program and to meet revenue goals;
  • analyzes publishing and scholarly trends in appropriate academic fields, evaluates the performance of previously published books;
  • develops contacts with prospective authors;
  • assesses manuscripts and proposals, engages peer reviewers, identifies publishable manuscripts;
  • works with acquisition assistant to prepare proposal materials for Press’s Faculty Board, including marketing plans and financial projections;
  • negotiates contracts with authors, agents, and other publishers;
  • oversees manuscript development with authors;
  • coordinates with other departments to plan and implement publishing strategy;
  • prepares book budgets;
  • drafts and approves book jacket and catalog copy; and
  • serves as chief liaison between authors and the Press at the beginning of the publishing process.

Required Qualifications

Bachelors degree in English, communications, journalism, public relations, or a related field plus four years of experience in a related field and one year of management experience in a related field.

Combinations of related education and experience may be considered.

Proficient communication skills. Maintains a high degree of professionalism. Demonstrated time management and priority setting skills. Demonstrates a high commitment to quality. Excellent organizational skills. Excellent collaboration and team building skills. Effectively coaches and delivers constructive feedback. Instills commitment to organizational goals. Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision making skills. Effective conflict management skills. Builds and manages effective teams.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree and experience in scholarly book acquisition. Knowledge of the current state of the scholarly book business, advances in digital communication tools, and trends in academic publishing and social media. Familiarity with budget creation and financial forecasting. Familiarity with long term strategic planning. Computer literacy and competency, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and database management, preferably FileMaker; facility with using online resources. Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact tactfully, courteously, and with discretion; the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships.

Working Conditions / Demands

This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. Occasional lifting is expected. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.

Work Location

Herman B Wells Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Job Classification

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