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Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 11:42 AM

Classified title: Acquisition Editor

Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE

Starting Salary Range: $67,114 - $92,219

Employee group: Full Time

Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Some Travel

Employee subgroup:Exempt

Location: Baltimore, MD

Department name: Book Acquisitions

Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers

Johns Hopkins University Press seeks a creative, entrepreneurial, and passionate editor to acquire 25 new book projects each year in the areas of American History and Current Affairs.

The Acquisitions Editor will report to the Editorial Director and will

* establish priorities and consult with qualified academics to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects Hopkins standing;

* work with the Editorial Director and the Press Director to develop a strategic editorial plan for growth of the list;

* Keep the Hopkins books at the forefront of these fields and track current research suitable for publication in book form;

* Regularly visit key campuses, attend professional conferences, cultivate relationships with leading researchers, and engage deeply with the relevant literature;

* Establish an active and engaged presence within the community of scholars in this field;

* Contact prospective authors and commission book-length works that will make valuable contributions to existing knowledge;

* Evaluate resulting proposals for professional, trade, and course books, book series, and reference works;

* Arrange for projects to be independently reviewed by qualified experts;

* Negotiate contracts for books and book series; work with authors to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepare publishing plans for projects ready to go into production;

* Work with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects in print and digital formats, and with marketing and sales departments to ensure the effective distribution of books to their intended audiences;

* Present new and proposed book projects to the Press's staff and its editorial board;

* Prepare annual qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials to help market and promote the list;

* Work cooperatively with our team of acquisitions editors and assistants;

* Set standards of professionalism and leadership in interactions with all internal staff;

* Represent the Johns Hopkins University Press and Johns Hopkins University in all external interactions with utmost professionalism;

* Perform other duties as needed or required.



* Undergraduate degree

* At least 5 years of relevant publishing experience

* Strong track record of acquisitions in the field


* Advanced degree

* Demonstrated engagement with the scholarly community

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Proven analytic ability

* Knowledge of the higher education community

* Ability to work with academic authors

* Knowledge of the publishing industry, particularly scholarly publishing

* Campus and conference travel is expected

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The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

The following additional provisions may apply, depending on at which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

* During the Influenza (\"the flu\") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

* The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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