Sr. Acquisitions Editor

Mar 27, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
Human Resources
Other, Publishing
Full Time
The senior acquisitions editor analyzes emerging scholarly and market trends in various subfields of psychology; identifies key authors and editors in those subfields; evaluates the scholarly, financial, and political merit of book proposals; solicits authors and develops proposals to fill existing gaps, and contracts publishing projects that show potential for advancing the field and generating revenue for the association. This position is located in Washington, DC.

-Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Science, Journalism or English required.
-3 years of experience acquiring scholarly books for medical, behavioral, or social science publisher required
-Strong background in book publishing procedures and process, including knowledge of acquisitions activity, sales analyses, and contractual negotiations.
-Familiarity with the essential characteristics of high-quality scholarly publications.
-Strong editorial skills.
-Working knowledge of printing and product production processes as they relate to book development.
-Excellent written and verbal skills.
-Highly flexible, self-motivated, and capable of working independently.

1. Identifies through knowledge of scholarly merit and political exigencies, analysis of sales patterns, evaluation of existing publications, and observation of emerging trends in psychology the key gaps in coverage of the APA books list.
2. Identifies, contacts, and maintains on-going relationships with authors, editors, publishing executives, and other leaders in the field with goal of establishing contractual arrangements with desired authors and publishing partners.
3. Develops content for books including outlining, drafting, and creating proposals
4. Recommends publishing projects based on thorough evaluation of the substantive, editorial, political, and financial issues at stake
5. Initiates, develops, and finalizes contract negotiations
6. Represents the director and book program to key authors and editors, outside publishing executives, and all levels of governance

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA's Career Space portal and attach a cover letter and resume specifying your salary requirements. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Please click on the Job Application link to apply for the position.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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