Position Description
Press University of North Carolina Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Acquisitions Assistant


UNC Press seeks a skilled, energetic, and highly motivated candidate for the position of acquisitions assistant. The acquisitions assistant will provide administrative support and project management for two UNC Press acquisitions editors.  The two editors develop, acquire, and transmit a combined 40-45 books a year in a variety of scholarly and general interest fields, including religious studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, cooking and foodways, sociology, history of medicine, and regional trade. The acquisitions assistant will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the book acquisitions process: reviewing initial inquiries; facilitating peer review of manuscripts; using database tools to track manuscripts through the review process; maintaining project files; creating project descriptions, memos, and other copy for internal and external use; conducting marketing and other research regarding prospective projects; handling routine correspondence with authors and outside advisors; and transmitting accepted manuscripts for copyediting. This is a full-time, salaried position.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a humanities or social science discipline. Candidates must have superb writing and proofreading skills, excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills, the ability to organize and manage multiple tasks successfully under deadline pressure, and working familiarity with standard word processing, email, database, and other software. Previous work experience in a professional office setting is a plus.

To Apply:

Provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Elaine Maisner, Executive Editor (elaine.maisner@uncpress.org) c/o UNC Press, 116 South Boundary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only finalists will be contacted.


UNC Press values diversity, equity, and inclusion in word and deed. The work we publish reflects a commitment to engaging diverse voices and experiences and bringing them to the widest possible audience. Similarly, we value a workplace that welcomes different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision making as we carry out our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will build upon our past efforts to attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.


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