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Title: Senior / Executive Editor for History
Description: UNC Press is seeking a creative, intellectually curious, and mission-driven publishing professional who will acquire general interest and scholarly books in history, current affairs, and related fields, as a senior or executive editor. The individual will report to the Editorial Director and will work collaboratively with colleagues to help lead the overall direction of the Press’s lists across all subfields in history. The core responsibility for the position is to identify, develop, acquire, and transmit 20-25 books a year, prioritizing high-impact works by diverse voices inside and outside the academy. One key aspect of this position will be to lead the ongoing development of the Press’s prestigious “Justice, Power, and Politics” series, which publishes new works exploring questions of political power and struggles for justice in the United States from the twentieth century to the present. As the Press begins its second century of existence and seeks to extend its reach by serving new communities of readers and writers, this editor will also have opportunity to help us expand our lists in transnational history and global affairs.

About UNC Press:
UNC Press is a nonprofit publisher of both scholarly and general interest books and journals, affiliated with the University of North Carolina System. From its early days, the Press adopted the principle that its books should not merely observe but seek to understand, explain, and thereby improve our world. In keeping with that principle, UNC Press became the first scholarly publisher to develop an ongoing program of books by and about African Americans, beginning in the late 1920s, and was at the vanguard of the interdisciplinary field of gender and women’s studies in the 1970s. In addition to works on global history, religion, politics, and culture, the Press pioneered one of the earliest and strongest regional publishing programs in the country, publishing books on the people, culture, and environment of the South, cultivating a vital legacy for the future. The Press is also a leading publisher of works of Indigenous studies and histories of the carceral state, among other subjects that engage with pressing issues of social concern. The Press’s offices are located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the thriving Research Triangle region of North Carolina. To learn more about the Press, visit

UNC Press values diversity, equity, and inclusion in word and deed. The work we publish reflects a commitment to engaging diverse voices and experiences and bringing them to the widest possible audience. Similarly, we value a workplace that welcomes different perspectives to enhance the quality of our decision making as we carry out our work. We are strategically engaged in creating and enhancing policies and practices that will build upon our past efforts to attract, retain, and develop a staff that is diverse along many dimensions.

Requirements: Applicants should have a strong record of developing productive editorial relationships within scholarly communities and with writers who seek to reach diverse publics. We seek candidates who can articulate a clear vision for extending the Press’s excellence in history publishing and for building on its mission to advance general knowledge and understanding as the leading public university press in the nation. Ideal candidates will also be well-equipped to teach, mentor, and guide new and experienced authors as well as early-career colleagues. Priority will be given to applicants with sustained experience building a successful book list in history and/or closely related fields; we also welcome applications from candidates with a relevant combination of experience leading scholarly communication initiatives coupled with advanced study in history or a closely related field.

This is a full-time position with benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Applicants will have a bachelor’s degree and graduate study or equivalent preferred.
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
How To Apply For This Job: Provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Adele Sommerville, Director of Human Resources at The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only finalists will be contacted.
Date Posted: 7/20/2022 (Ongoing Job Posting)

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