Position Description
Press Rutgers University Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Acquisitions Editor


Rutgers University Press is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge to scholars, students, and the general reading public. The Press reflects and extends the University’s core mission of research, instruction, and service. We enhance the work of our authors through exceptional publications that shape critical issues, spark debate, and enrich teaching throughout the world for a wide range of readers.

We are seeking an experienced Acquisitions Editor for our flourishing books program. The position reports to the Editorial Director of the Press. Title and salary will be commensurate with experience, and will start January 2, 2018. The Acquisitions Editor will be responsible for acquiring 25-30 and transmitting into production 20-25 new book titles per year. Areas of acquisition include cinema and media studies, Latino studies, and other tangential disciplines as appropriate. The Acquisitions Editor joins a strong team of editors working to develop a cohesive list in the humanities and social sciences for both the trade and classroom use.

Specific duties include:

  • Cultivating and nurturing relationships with leading scholars, authors, and agents in the assigned acquisitions areas as appropriate;
  • Developing and refining ongoing list strategy, including the management of backlist titles, for the areas of acquisition;
  • Soliciting and evaluating new book proposals and manuscripts, including coordinating and conducting peer review of manuscripts under consideration;
  • Working with established series editors to maintain output as well as starting new series as appropriate;
  • Traveling to and representing the Press at several academic conferences per year and other travel as appropriate, including campus visits;
  • Creating and presenting project reports and title budgets to in-house staff and the faculty editorial committee as appropriate;
  • Negotiating contracts for books accepted into the program;
  • Monitoring the schedules of books under contract to make sure the authors meet agreed-upon deadlines to facilitate timely production of the books;
  • Maintaining a collegiate and cooperative relationship with staff in the marketing/sales, business, and production departments of the Press as well as the faculty of Rutgers University;
  • Participating in various Press meetings about books in production or general Press operations.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • That s/he holds at least a Bachelor’s degree and has experience working in book acquisitions for at least 3 years;
  • Functional/working knowledge of the assigned academic list areas, including the naming of key trends and familiarity with key scholars in the fields;
  • An understanding of list strategy, including how these plans relate to Rutgers University Press;
  • A proven track record of successfully acquiring and publishing books;
  • An awareness of the finances of book publishing, from the individual title level to wider industry issues impacting the market; and
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills with both authors and team members.

Because Rutgers University is a state institution, the successful candidate must live in or relocate to New Jersey to conform with state law.

Interested parties should forward their cover letter, resume, list of references, and list of titles acquired to Kimberly Guinta, Executive Editor: Kimberly.guinta@rutgers.edu. The job will also be posted within the university job system, so applicants will need to apply directly to the Press, and then through the job portal at Rutgers when it has been posted there.

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