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UC OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
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University of California Press is one of the most forward-thinking scholarly publishers, committed to influencing public discourse and challenging the status quo. At a time of dramatic change for scholarship and publishing, we collaborate with faculty, librarians, authors, and students to stay ahead of today's knowledge demands and shape the future of publishing.
Established in 1893 as a modest publisher of monographs by University of California faculty, UC Press emerged as a world-class university press in the early 1950s. Today we are one of the six largest university publishers in the United States, and the only one associated with a public institution, publishing approximately 200 books and over 40 multi-issue journals annually. As the nonprofit publishing arm of the University of California system, UC Press functions as a unit of the Office of the President and is not associated with any one campus. In disseminating scholarship of enduring value to diverse audiences, we support the UC mandates for research, teaching, and public service. Since 2014, UC Press has been located in Oakland, CA.
Independently defines and develops the strategic growth plan and list strategy for two or more publishing programs. Responsible for meeting signing and transmittal goals for up to 25 titles annually. May also lead and develop and / or supervise less experienced staff.
The Editor- Science is an experienced professional who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field; independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; possesses broad job knowledge; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions seeks out work independently, under minimum supervision. Under general direction, has responsibility for developing the strategic growth plan and list strategy for at least one large or two small publishing programs, acquiring up to 25 titles per year including meeting specific annual signing and transmittal goals. Develops a publishing strategy for the field(s) in which he/she operates and identifies, develops, and publishes titles that demonstrate high scholarly standards and achieve profit and growth targets. Conceives of book ideas. Identifies, seeks out and interviews scholarly authors for the purpose of obtaining manuscripts and proposals. Judges whether or not the projects are publishable editorially and financially. Obtains critical reviews from authoritative readers, judges the critical readings and rejects the manuscript or presents them before the faculty Editorial Committee. Negotiates contract terms that meet press financial targets. The Editor has thorough knowledge of the publishing process, including the form of a manuscript acceptable for production, design and various production and sales promotions.
ACQUISITIONS Under general direction, develops the strategic growth plan, list strategy, including the management of backlist titles, and conceives new book and journal ideas for at least one large or several small publishing programs. Develops contacts and working relationships with scholars within the assigned subject matter for the purpose of obtaining manuscripts. Obtains critical readings and rejects manuscripts or recommends for publication. Prepares analysis for editorial and financial feasibility for presentation to editorial committee to build case for proposed titles. In consultation with a more senior acquisition editor, negotiates approved for publishing contracts. Coordinates preparation of final manuscripts through copy editing and production stages. Collaborate with journal publishing managers to acquire and develop titles in subject areas.
NEGOTIATION Has thorough knowledge of publishing contracts; negotiating terms, specifying royalty payments and other conditions with authors. Has the expertise to prepare and analyze financial plans for the manuscripts she or he acquires
PUBLISHING PROCESS Has working knowledge of the publishing process including the form of manuscript acceptable for production, design and various publishing specifications; sponsors his/her books through the publishing process, advises on editing/production/design and sales/marketing; and advocates for each of his/her books throughout its publishing life. Collaborates with Sales and Marketing staff to effectively position titles, and develop necessary sales and marketing materials. Advises the managing editor on the kind and amount of copyediting needed; conveys schedule priorities for his/her books Understands book markets in his/her field and conducts market research so as to judge the sales potential of his/her projects; collaborates with marketing to estimate the number of copies to print, the optimum price and how to reach the market. Has experience and capability to fundraise for his or her manuscripts.
Proven knowledge of scholarly publishing; 3 years of experience acquiring books in trade or scholarly publishing and/or equivalent experience.
Entrepreneurial skills to identify, create, develop, and evaluate book concepts and proposals and backlist strategies that have a high degree of editorial or financial impact.
Skills in understanding and using financial models to determine and demonstrate financial viability and goals of assigned projects.
Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain strong working relationships with internal and external parties.
Analytical, critical thinking, project management and problem resolution skills. Strong negotiation skills.
Knowledge and understanding of industry standards for editorial acquisitions to successfully manage book projects through all stages of the publishing process (including publishing contracts; negotiating terms, the form of manuscript acceptable for production, etc).
Has capability to fundraise for book projects.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary: $75,500 - $88,500.
Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging
HOW TO APPLY
Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.
APPLICATION REVIEW DATE
The first review date for this job is February 22, 2021. The position will be open until filled.
Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy
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