The Managing Editor, Books will be responsible for accelerating the book publishing program of the Association. He or she will work with publishing partners, Books Committee members, relevant staff, and volunteers to identify and guide potential book projects and authors, The Managing Editor will lead the book program with the goal of providing quality, financially-viable publications that fulfill the Societies' missions to communicate the agronomic, crop, and soil sciences to an expanded audience (e.g., researchers, students, niche audiences, those in related disciplines, and practicing professionals). This is a full-time, salaried position headquartered in Madison, WI, but telecommuters will also be considered.
Principal Duties, Functions
Oversee all aspects of the book publishing program, including supporting the Books Committee and guiding the committee to fulfill the wider Society publishing goals
Manage the Books Committee activities. The committee consists of volunteer society member scientists who define the scope of the books program, identify new project ideas, and solicit and
Support authors and editors beginning at proposal stage through timely content development, peer review, design, proofing, and promotion. Assist in the development of complementary content, such as supplements, derivatives, etc.
Ensure the book publishing practices keep pace with standards in STM publishing and communicate issues as needed
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the books, including managing quality standards, adhering to development schedules, and responding to quality issues (regarding IT, customer service,
Copy edit, process art/illustrations, and prepare book project transfers to publishing partner for completion
Coordinate the book publishing program marketing and promotion activities. Recommend pricing
Track and communicate key metrics to stakeholders
Serve as main contact for member and author questions related to books, book access, and book development.
Other Editorial Functions
Copy edit and proof journal manuscripts following the appropriate publication style guide, correcting grammar, and spelling for electronic publishing
Administrative and Management Responsibilities
Develop positive co-supportive relationship with personnel at our publishing partner, Wiley and act as liaison between Wiley books, marketing, design, and IT staff with relevant ACSESS contacts
Develop research activities with Wiley to identify and recommend new books, updated editions, book series, etc.
Responsible for generating books that will have a direct impact on increased revenues.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to the various Society Boards.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a related field. Advanced degree acceptable but not required.
Minimum three years of publishing experience required, preferably with a nonprofit scientific society
Experience in book acquisition and development highly desirable
Experience editing and proofreading scholarly manuscripts with careful attention to detail and grammar. Demonstrate superior editing and writing skills. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, excellent command of the English language, and the ability to communicate with diplomacy and tact
Microsoft Office Suite
Knowledge of publishing technology and formats
Minimum travel required
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience.
The Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing management and administrative support services to its founding members: the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The headquarters office for these international Societies is based in Madison, Wisconsin.
The American Society of Agronomy was established in 1907 with the primary goal of enhancing conservation and promoting the wise use of natural resources for the production of food, feed, and fiber crops, while maintaining or improving the environment.
Learn more about ASA at: www.agronomy.org
The Soil Science Society of America was established in 1936 to increase awareness, outreach and education about soil science. Its members also focus on other interests and aspects of soil, including physics, chemistry, microbiology, fertility, morphology, classification, and mineralogy.
Learn more about SSSA at: www.soils.org
The Crop Science Society of America was established in 1955. Members are dedicated to the promotion of public welfare though the advancement of res...earch, extension, and teaching of the crop sciences, along with improvement, culture, management, and utilization of field crops.
Learn more about CSSA at: www.crops.org
The ACSESS organization's three Science Societies represent more than 12,000 individual members around the world. Thirty-three companies and businesses are part of the Corporate Membership program, and more than 90 cooperating societies are linked to ASA, CSSA, and SSSA for collaborating partnerships in the agronomy, crops, and soils science fields.