Position Description
Press University of Alabama Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Sr Acquisitions Editor


The University of Alabama Press seeks a Senior Acquisitions Editor to join the acquisitions department. The Senior Acquisitions Editor is responsible for acquiring 18 – 22 scholarly book manuscripts annually in fields that include but are not limited to southern history; US history; natural history; the history of science, medicine, technology, and the environment; as well as trade titles (from the aforementioned fields) intended for a broad general-interest readership.

Specific duties of the position include soliciting and evaluating proposals and manuscripts, seeking appropriate peer reviewers, preparing packets for the faculty editorial board to review, presenting new projects to press staff and to the faculty editorial board, advising and guiding authors through revisions, preparing final manuscripts for production, and participating in staff meetings about seasonal list planning as well as general press operations. He/she will be expected to determine possible sources of financial support or subsidies for his/her book projects, executing such fundraising in consultation with, and at the direction of, the press director. He/she will work closely with series editors to maintain output and foster innovative work while also seeking to start new series as appropriate. Regional and national travel is necessary, often outside of normal working hours, to represent the Press at academic conferences. The senior acquisitions editor should maintain productive and collegial relationships with the manuscript editorial, production, marketing, and business departments to keep books on schedule and budget.

Required minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's degree and at least three (3) years of experience in scholarly or trade book acquisitions, preferably at a nonprofit or scholarly publisher. Excellent analytical skills, good judgment, effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

Must have valid U.S. driver's license. Must be at least 21 years of age at time of hire and have an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report as determined by the insurance carrier.

Required skills and knowledge:
•    Ability to manage multiple tasks and maintain a steady pipeline of projects
•    Strong organizational skills
•    Keen attention to details
•    Ability to set priorities and work independently
•    Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem resolution skills
•    Ability to negotiate with authors and internal staff
•    Good judgment
•    Superior interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
•    Understands and values a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Masters or other advanced degree in the humanities or social sciences
•    Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word and Outlook)
•    Familiarity with database management
•    Demonstrated familiarity with the scholarly literature of southern and US history, natural history, and history of science, medicine, technology, and/or the environment, particularly as they pertain to the State of Alabama and the southeastern region of the United States
•    Solid understanding of the scholarly publishing industry, with an awareness of finances and market potential, as well as a familiarity with current publishing trends and developments

The University of Alabama Press, founded in 1945, is the only university press in the state and is a proud member of the Association of University Presses. The Press currently publishes 70–75 titles a year and has more than 1,500 titles in print; it is a founding member of UPCC/Project Muse and is at the cutting edge of digital publishing. The Press is part of a thriving university experiencing unprecedented growth in both quantity and quality and is fortunate to have a supportive administration that expects the Press to be part of that energy. The Press is located in Tuscaloosa, a sun-belt college town with all the amenities usually available in larger cities. It is within easy driving distance of the mountains in the north east and the Gulf Coast to the South. Tuscaloosa is just down the interstate from the state’s largest city, Birmingham, and within easy driving distance of the state capital of Montgomery and the state’s oldest city in Mobile.

Visit staff employment opportunities at http://staffjobs.ua.edu/cw/en-us/job/506882/senior-acquisitions-editor-506882 for more information and to apply. Job Close date: 07/20/18 The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity employer (EOE), including an EOE of protected vets and individuals with disabilities.