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Title: Senior Acquisitions Editor - Econ, Finance, & Busi
Description: Position Overview:
The Senior Acquisitions Editor for Economics, Finance, and Business acquires and develops our books in economics, finance, and business, and oversees an existing list of titles that contribute significantly to the MIT Press’s annual income and profitability. The Senior Acquisitions Editor’s primary responsibility is to add to this list approximately 25 new projects each year with an emphasis on field-defining textbooks and monographs along with high-impact trade books; and to project manage approximately the same number of titles through the publication process annually.

The MIT Press is based in Cambridge, MA and offers both in-office and remote working options to employees in the USA and United Kingdom.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):
• Commissions textbook, trade books, and research monographs in economics, finance, and business. Tracks original and consequential research and teaching. Solicits proposals from qualified authors on subjects for which a need has been determined.
• Using all available data, determines the need for and commercial viability of proposed book projects.
• Evaluates queries, proposals, and manuscripts from authors and agents to identify prospective projects including new and revised textbooks along with trade books, monographs, reference works, book series, and (in cooperation with the journals division director) journals.
• Arranges for projects to be independently peer reviewed by qualified experts, and talks with authors about needed revisions.
• Consults with qualified academics at MIT and other universities to ensure the resulting publishing program reflects MIT’s standing among research universities in the field.
• Travels to key campuses and academic conferences to meet with authors and represent the list.
• Builds the press’s networks in economics, finance, and business, and positive relationships with researchers, instructors, reviewers, series editors, and others in the field.
• Seeks out diverse and underrepresented perspectives in line with the Press’s EDI goals.
• Drafts and prepares external contracts; negotiates terms with authors, volume editors, contributors, and series editors.
• Works with authors to ensure that contractual terms are met; prepares publishing plans for projects ready to go into production.
• Regularly reviews the backlist for revision opportunities.
• Coordinates with Marketing and Production departments as needed to evaluate potential and costs for prospective projects.
• Prepares production estimates, P&Ls statements, and publishing plans. Makes recommendations on commercial viability of new projects.
• Works with editorial, production, and design departments to ensure the efficient production of projects, including manuscripts prepared in LaTeX; and with marketing and sales staff to ensure the effective promotion of books for their intended readers.
• Presents book projects to the Press editorial board, and its marketing and sales staff.
• Prepares qualitative and quantitative assessments of the list along with list profiles and other materials.
• Manages a list of titles that contribute significantly to the MIT Press’s annual income and profitability.
• Represents the MIT Press effectively with authors and prospects, and generally in external interactions.
• Performs other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:
The Senior Acquisitions Editor for Economics, Finance, and Business reports to and meets regularly with our Editorial Director.

Supervision Exercised:
Receives support from an Associate Acquisitions Editor, who also supports and reports to one other Acquisitions Editor. The two supervising Editors are responsible for mentoring the Associate Editor, supporting this person’s development in the role and beyond, conducting annual performance evaluations, and meeting regularly to assure that work obligations are equitably distributed and performed to expectations.
Requirements: Qualifications & Skills:
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in a related field required.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 5 years of journalistic or editorial experience required.

• Strong track record of book acquisitions, including textbooks in economics or a related field
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Strong negotiation skills
• Knowledge of publishing contracts and terms
• Knowledge of the higher education community
• Ability to work with academic authors
• Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment

• Advanced or bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, business, or a related field.
• Minimum of five years of book acquisitions experience in economics, finance, business or a related field.
• Knowledge of LaTeX.
Company: MIT PRESS
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Date Posted: 7/27/2022

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