Position Description
Press Stanford University Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Senior Editor / Executive Editor


Stanford University Press seeks an energetic, experienced publishing professional to acquire scholarly and trade books in the humanities. Reporting to the Editor-in-Chief, this individual will play a key role in the development and shaping of lists in literature, religion, and philosophy for the Press.

Responsibilities include acquiring and developing 25 titles per year, soliciting and evaluating proposals and manuscripts, working with series editors, preparing publishing plans to present to the editorial board, negotiating contracts with authors or agents, and consulting with production and marketing. The acquisitions editor works closely with authors, as well as an editorial assistant, to ensure that manuscripts are of high quality, well prepared, and meet scholarly, market, and financial expectations. The acquisitions editor is expected to travel to scholarly conferences and university campuses.


-       Proven track record in acquiring scholarly and trade titles and shaping a publishing program

-       Knowledge of academic research and publishing standards, including the peer review process

-       Knowledge of contracts and copyright

-       Excellent communication, project management, and networking skills

-       Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

-       Proficiency with computer systems

-       Four-year college degree and at least five years experience in scholarly publishing

Desired qualifications:

-       Familiarity with the subject areas and an established network of authors

-       Proficiency in French, German, and/or Italian

-       Connections with trade agents

-       Knowledge of electronic book publishing and interest in emerging digital opportunities

-       At least five years experience as an acquisitions editor

Title and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Founded in 1892, Stanford University Press publishes 135 books a year across the humanities, social sciences, and business. Stanford University Press is located in Redwood City, CA. If not already local to the San Francisco Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate and work in our Redwood City office.


All applicants must apply at http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu and provide a cover letter and resume.  Search for Job Number 83586, “Senior Editor/Executive Editor.”