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Acquisitions Editor

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Position Information

Top Message Both current Ohio State employees and the general public may apply for this unclassified professional position.
Message to Applicants
Number of Positions Available 1
University Title Acquisitions Editor
Working Title Acquisitions Editor
Department University Press
Department Location Columbus
Requisition Number 434904
Summary of Duties

The Ohio State University Press, within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks an Acquisitions Editor to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community.

Founded in 1957, The Ohio State University Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher dedicated to advancing knowledge by disseminating scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences, and publishes 50-60 new books annually. Located in the growing city of Columbus, Ohio, The Ohio State University Press seeks a full-time Literary and Cultural Studies Acquiring Editor to solicit, evaluate, acquire, and oversee the publication of 20-24 scholarly books a year in the fields of literary and cultural studies, in keeping with signing goals set annually by the Editor in Chief. The Editor will work closely with other Press departments to manage projects from acquisition to publication.

The Literary and Cultural Studies Acquisitions Editor will strategically acquire and publish 20-24 books per year in literary and cultural studies, with opportunities for list expansion in keeping with the Press’ larger editorial program goals. The Editor will conduct market research as to the viability and profitability of titles; develop thorough knowledge of appropriate academic fields; identify and evaluate prospective manuscripts; cultivate relationships with prospective authors; oversee the peer review process; develop profit & loss statements and informational packets for internal Press use; present projects to the editorial board for final approval; oversee the development and schedules of contracted manuscripts; oversee copyright, illustrations, and all other materials to be included in published book; write promotional copy (for use on book covers, in catalogs, ads, and on web pages); serve as the primary liaison between authors and The Ohio State University Press; and travel to national and international scholarly meetings to represent the Press, manage book exhibits, meet with authors, and sell books.

Additional Information for Applicants:
Pre Employment Screening Requires the successful completion of a background check.
Required Qualifications

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in humanities. Ability to travel to professional conferences (3-5 times annually) required. This position requires demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a key team member; excellent organizational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; familiarity with academic trends in the humanities; understanding of the scholarly book market and computer literacy and competency.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred candidates will have a graduate degree in the humanities and experience in scholarly acquisitions or at least one year experience in scholarly publishing or a graduate degree in literary studies and some demonstrated experience/interest in academic publishing. Preferred experience includes working with profit & loss statements and experience with publishing contracts.

Target Salary $19.24 - $22.80 Hourly
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Full/Part Time Full-time
Temporary or Regular Regular
Posting Start Date 01/06/2018
Posting End Date 02/04/2018
Dept Contact Name Archer,Stephanie L
Dept Contact Phone
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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Select one box that best represents your number of full years paid employment:
    • Some, but less than one full year of employment
    • 1 full year or more of employment
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 years
    • 6 years
    • 7 years
    • 8 years
    • 9 years
    • 10 or more years
  2. * Select the box that best represents your educational training:
    • Attended school but did not receive high school diploma or GED
    • High school diploma or GED, but no college credit hours
    • Completed less than 45 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 45 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 90 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 135 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed 180 college credit hours, but did not graduate
    • Completed an Associate's degree
    • Completed a Bachelor's degree
    • Completed a Master's degree or higher
  3. * Are you related in any way to a faculty/staff member in the unit of the position for which you are applying?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * What prompted you to apply for this position at The Ohio State University? Please select an answer below:
    • Referred by personal contact
    • Referred by OSU recruiter
    • Job/Career Fair
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Columbus Dispatch
    • Professional organization
    • HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • Local newspapers
    • Other
  5. * Do you have at least one year of experience in scholarly acquisitions?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have at least one year of experience in scholarly publishing?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have a graduate degree in literary studies and some demonstrated experience/interest in academic publishing?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have at least one year of experience includes working with profit & loss statements?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have at least one year of experience with publishing contracts?
    • Yes
    • No

Required Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other