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Acquisitions Editor

The University of Chicago Press

Chicago, IL ~ August 22, 2018

Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Press seeks an associate editor or editor to acquire books in religious studies and in related areas of the humanities or interpretive social sciences, based on the successful applicant’s expertise and the Press’s needs. The associate editor will acquire 15-20 titles a year, including trade, scholarly, course, and professional books, and collaborate closely with other Press departments to manage projects throughout their lifecycle. The position is based on the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus.


  •  Maintains and expands network of authors, advisors, and agents by email, mail, telephone, and in person during editorial trips and at academic conferences. Engages routinely with faculty at the University of Chicago and the larger academy as a source of potential collaborations.
  • Invites and commissions appropriate projects in assigned subject areas and evaluates unsolicited submissions. Maintains sense of key research, literature, and authors in the relevant fields.
  • Seeks advice on proposals and manuscripts from qualified referees and arranges formal review.Works with authors on appropriate revisions and provides editorial advice to supplement reviewer commentary. Acts as author’s primary liaison to the Press and generates support for projects internally at the Press while upholding publication and
    financial policies.
  • Presents projects at biweekly Editorial Committee meeting and seeks approval from the Press faculty board at monthly board meetings. Prepares book budgets and sales projections, and proposes contract terms to Press management. Negotiates contracts with authors and agents for books acquired.
  • Collaborates with other Press departments to ensure that accepted books are given appropriate levels of editing, design, production, and marketing. Presents projects at transmittal meetings, marketing/production meetings, and biannual sales meetings. Collaborates with and assists in mentoring editorial associate and student assistant.


  • Ability to manage large-scale publishing projects required.
  • Knowledge of relevant discipline required.
  • Knowledge of academic advisers in discipline preferred.
  • Ability to comprehend academic writing required.
  • Strong verbal, written, and public speaking communication skills required.
  • Editing skills required.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
  • Interpersonal skills required.
  • Negotiation skills required.
  • Decision-making skills required.
  • Problem-solving skills required.
  • Analytical skills required.
  • Attention to detail required.
  • Organizational skills required.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
  • Proficiency with computers required.
  • Knowledge of business of book and e book publishing preferred.
  • Ability to coordinate the work of others required.
  • Strategic planning skills required.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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