Position Description
Press University of Wisconsin Press
Category
Acquisitions Editorial
Title
Editor-in-Chief

Description

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 95899

Working Title:  Editor-in-Chief

Official Title:  ADMIN PRG MANAGER III(P14NL)

 

Degree and area of specialization: 

Master's degree is required.

     

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

- Minimum of five years of professional work experience with at least three years of experience in scholarly book acquisitions or a combination of scholarly and other book acquisitions.

- Demonstrated success in acquiring books and list building.

- Proven ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with a wide variety of audiences. Must be able to communicate effectively with writers, academics, scholars, and staff.

- Understanding of the subtleties of copyrights and permissions within an academic publishing program.

- Outstanding writing and editing skills, including the ability to conceptualize, evaluate, and develop manuscripts into strong books.

- Ability to effectively manage staff to achieve shared goals.

- Excellent organizational skills, with a proven track record of effectively managing multiple simultaneous projects and deadlines.

- Ability to monitor, analyze, and report on acquisition efforts.

- Experience developing and managing project or departmental budgets.

- Ability to successfully negotiate contracts.

- Ability to travel; attend trade shows, academic meetings, and conferences; and set up and disassemble display tables/booths.

- Diversity and inclusion are primary values for the University of Wisconsin Press and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums.

- Ability to judge quality of manuscripts in one or more foreign languages is desirable.

 

Principal duties:

Acquire and develop high-quality book projects (60%)

- Meet or exceed acquisitions goals.

- Develop and expand professional network to identify potential authors, editors, and reviewers.

- Work with authors, series editors, press colleagues, and others to conceptualize and develop projects into successful books.

- Evaluate book proposals and manuscripts with an eye towards improvement and/or fit with our list.

- Oversee the external review process.

- Present projects to colleagues and the Committee of the University of Wisconsin Press (the press's editorial board).

- Track project progress, ensuring timelines and quality standards are met.

- Negotiate book contracts.

- Identify and help resolve any rights and permissions issues.

- Facilitate smooth transmittal of projects to the press's editorial, design, and production department.

- Make recommendations regarding promotional efforts and overall publishing plans for individual titles and fields.

 

Manage the press's list of publications (15%)

- Provide editorial vision and competitive strategies to maintain and increase the quality and reputation of the press's list.

- Lead long-range planning for expansion and/or refinement of the press's list. Track emerging fields, monitor academic and industry trends, and consult with series editors on the direction of our list.

- Shape and finalize two seasonal lists each year, ensuring balance among the press's subject area offerings

- Establish and hold staff accountable for acquisition goals and procedures.

- Develop, maintain, and implement acquisitions policies in consultation with the director.

- Set guidelines for manuscript evaluation to meet the highest academic standards.

- Consult closely with production, manuscript editorial, and marketing departments regarding schedules, seasonal lists, promotional efforts, and overall publishing plans.

- Establish and adhere to deadlines for finalization of seasonal lists. 

- Regularly examine backlist sales performance, eBook sales, and other factors in order to recommend shifts in the press's publishing program.

- Ensure accuracy of records in the press's database.

 

Inspire, mentor, and lead acquisitions department staff. Manage departmental operations. (10%)

- Lead a department consisting of at least one professional staff and multiple student positions.

- Facilitate staff members' professional growth.

- Coordinate performance management activities for direct reports.

- Oversee the development, maintenance, and implementation of relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines.

- Create and manage departmental budget.

 

Serve as a member of the press's senior management team (15%)

- Participate in strategic planning.

- Initiate and collaborate with colleagues on the title budgeting process.

- Participate in senior management team, decision to publish, transmittal, launch, and other relevant staff meetings.

- Develop monthly and annual departmental reports. 

- Represent the press at national scholarly and professional conferences.

 

Additional Information

Please note that the UW Press is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

This position requires the ability to work from the UW Press's editorial office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Learn more about UW-Madison at https://www.wisc.edu/about/ and the City of Madison at https://madison.wisc.edu/. 

UW-Madison is an affirmative action/equal employment employer and we encourage women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

 

Requirements:

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

A period of evaluation will be required

 

 Employee Class:  Academic Staff

Department(s): VCRGE/UW PRESS

Full Time Salary Rate: Minimum $55,406 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications

Term: This is a renewable appointment.

Appointment percent: 100%

Earliest begin date: NOVEMBER 01, 2018

Number of Positions: 1

 

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION

Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 1, 2018

 

HOW TO APPLY:

Please visit http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/499211/editorinchief and click on the Apply Now button to submit a cover letter and current resume highlighting relevant experience. You will be asked to provide 3 professional references.

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Ryan Pingel
Phone: 608-263-1137
1930 Monroe St   
Fax: N/A
Monroe St 1930   
Email: rpingel@wisc.edu

Madison, WI 53711-2059   

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:  http://www.oed.wisc.edu/478.htm

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

 

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 95899

 

 

 

 

 

Working Title:
Editor-in-Chief
Official Title:
ADMIN PRG MANAGER III(P14NL)
Degree and area of specialization:
Master's degree is required.
   
   
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
- Minimum of five years of professional work experience with at least three years of experience in scholarly book acquisitions or a combination of scholarly and other book acquisitions.
- Demonstrated success in acquiring books and list building.
- Proven ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with a wide variety of audiences. Must be able to communicate effectively with writers, academics, scholars, and staff.
- Understanding of the subtleties of copyrights and permissions within an academic publishing program.
- Outstanding writing and editing skills, including the ability to conceptualize, evaluate, and develop manuscripts into strong books.
- Ability to effectively manage staff to achieve shared goals.
- Excellent organizational skills, with a proven track record of effectively managing multiple simultaneous projects and deadlines.
- Ability to monitor, analyze, and report on acquisition efforts.
- Experience developing and managing project or departmental budgets.
- Ability to successfully negotiate contracts.
- Ability to travel; attend trade shows, academic meetings, and conferences; and set up and disassemble display tables/booths.
- Diversity and inclusion are primary values for the University of Wisconsin Press and are integral to achieving our strategic goals. We seek candidates with an awareness of and commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion across all spectrums.
- Ability to judge quality of manuscripts in one or more foreign languages is desirable.
Principal duties:
Acquire and develop high-quality book projects (60%)

- Meet or exceed acquisitions goals.
- Develop and expand professional network to identify potential authors, editors, and reviewers.
- Work with authors, series editors, press colleagues, and others to conceptualize and develop projects into successful books.
- Evaluate book proposals and manuscripts with an eye towards improvement and/or fit with our list.
- Oversee the external review process.
- Present projects to colleagues and the Committee of the University of Wisconsin Press (the press's editorial board).
- Track project progress, ensuring timelines and quality standards are met.
- Negotiate book contracts.
- Identify and help resolve any rights and permissions issues.
- Facilitate smooth transmittal of projects to the press's editorial, design, and production department.
- Make recommendations regarding promotional efforts and overall publishing plans for individual titles and fields.

Manage the press's list of publications (15%)

- Provide editorial vision and competitive strategies to maintain and increase the quality and reputation of the press's list.
- Lead long-range planning for expansion and/or refinement of the press's list. Track emerging fields, monitor academic and industry trends, and consult with series editors on the direction of our list.
- Shape and finalize two seasonal lists each year, ensuring balance among the press's subject area offerings
- Establish and hold staff accountable for acquisition goals and procedures.
- Develop, maintain, and implement acquisitions policies in consultation with the director.
- Set guidelines for manuscript evaluation to meet the highest academic standards.
- Consult closely with production, manuscript editorial, and marketing departments regarding schedules, seasonal lists, promotional efforts, and overall publishing plans.
- Establish and adhere to deadlines for finalization of seasonal lists. 
- Regularly examine backlist sales performance, eBook sales, and other factors in order to recommend shifts in the press's publishing program.
- Ensure accuracy of records in the press's database.

Inspire, mentor, and lead acquisitions department staff. Manage departmental operations. (10%)

- Lead a department consisting of at least one professional staff and multiple student positions.
- Facilitate staff members' professional growth.
- Coordinate performance management activities for direct reports.
- Oversee the development, maintenance, and implementation of relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines.
- Create and manage departmental budget.

Serve as a member of the press's senior management team (15%)

- Participate in strategic planning.
- Initiate and collaborate with colleagues on the title budgeting process.
- Participate in senior management team, decision to publish, transmittal, launch, and other relevant staff meetings.
- Develop monthly and annual departmental reports. 
- Represent the press at national scholarly and professional conferences.
  Additional Information
  Please note that the UW Press is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

This position requires the ability to work from the UW Press's editorial office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Learn more about UW-Madison at https://www.wisc.edu/about/ and the City of Madison at https://madison.wisc.edu/. 

UW-Madison is an affirmative action/equal employment employer and we encourage women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.
Requirements:
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
  Academic Staff
Department(s): VCRGE/UW PRESS
Full Time Salary Rate: Minimum $55,406 ANNUAL (12 months) 
Depending on Qualifications
Term: This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: NOVEMBER 01, 2018
Number of Positions: 1

 

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION
Application must be received by: OCTOBER 16, 2018
HOW TO APPLY:
Please click on the Apply Now button to submit a cover letter and current resume highlighting relevant experience. You will be asked to provide 3 professional references.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Ryan Pingel
Phone: 608-263-1137
1930 Monroe St   
Fax: N/A
Monroe St 1930   
Email: rpingel@wisc.edu
Madison, WI 53711-2059   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

 

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:  http://www.oed.wisc.edu/478.htm

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Posted
2018-10-22