1. Reviews and assesses publishing potential of submitted projects and proposals and/or commissions new projects for the list. Presents projects under consideration to Press and faculty advisory committees. 2. Manages a list of books and their revenue forecasts for each publishing season by controlling the timely submission, acceptance, and transmittal of manuscripts in order to meet targeted revenue goals. Ensures future publishing seasons are appropriately filled with the right mix and quantity of new titles. 3. Manages manuscript progress and publication process and works closely with the author to improve content, tone, and style of manuscript. Recommends revisions to author and ensures they are properly incorporated into final manuscript. 4. Researches and identifies key authors in the field, with the goal of developing a list of the highest scholarly standards; meets authors; develops and commissions projects. Attends scholarly conferences to meet with authors, attends academic panels to scout potential books, and networks with potential authors. Develops and maintains working relationships with literary agents, foreign rights representatives, archivists and library curators, and other professional and academic personnel. 5. Researches, selects, and supervises the commissioning of scholarly reviews of manuscripts. Manages the peer review process, taking primary responsibility for relationships with authors, advisory board, and outside readers. 6. Supervises the preparation of manuscripts and accompanying materials for release to editing and production departments, including the management of permissions for copyrighted illustrations and literary passages; updates databases necessary to track and report on progress of projects through the publication process. 7. Works as part of a team to develop effective promotional/sales strategies and material; manage author's expectations; present titles at in-house pre-production, launch, and sales meetings. 8. Monitors expenditures to ensure book budgets are met. Ensures timely payment of expenses including reviewer honoraria, advance payment, and fees. Identifies internal and external funding sources for projects; prepares required materials for grants, gifts, and subventions when necessary. 9. Keeps pace with industry-wide developments; adapts to changing business practices and market conditions as needed; uses foresight in acquiring books for rapidly changing marketplace. 10. May perform other duties as assigned.
Preferred Education: A history of working with writers, academics, and creatives to shape ideas into accessible works aimed at reaching a broad audience.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: A history of working with writers, academics, and creatives to shape ideas into accessible works aimed at reaching a broad audience.
Posting Position Title: Senior Editor
Required Skill/ability 3: Proficiency in creative problem-solving, decision making, and time management.
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
University Job Title: Senior Editor, Humanities (YUP)
Required Skill/ability 1: Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Required Skill/ability 4: Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
Required Skill/ability 2: An understanding of the value of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of four years experience working in publishing, media, communications, academic, nonprofit, or related organizations; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates with a background in the area(s) of focus, or with experience managing content or forming relationships with writers, literary agents, influencers, and other relevant figures may also be considered.
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.