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Editor-In-Chief

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Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Editor-In-Chief
Department UPNE
Position Number 0150503
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Position Purpose

The Editor-in-Chief is comprehensively responsible for the editorial acquisitions program of University Press of New England (UPNE). Designs, implements, and sustains the overall editorial program of University Press of New England and its constituent members in a manner consistent with the qualitative and financial goals set by the Director, Board of Governors, and Editorial Board.

Skills & Knowledge
  • Substantial familiarity with all aspects of university press publishing, and in particular with editorial acquisitions of scholarly, academic, and trade books.
  • Substantial familiarity with one or more scholarly disciplines of press publishing activity.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with authors and university faculty and administrators.
  • Ability to assess generally the scholarly material and market conditions of a wide variety of fields.
  • Understanding of publication finances, and interrelation of all stages of the publishing process.
  • Superb writing, editing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong time-management and decision-making skills. Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects on time (term, quarter, and annual basis).
  • Strong ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks quickly.
  • Ability to handle and meet numerous overlapping deadlines.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of colleagues and constituencies; commitment to diversity.
Minimum Experience
  • Eight years of editorial acquisitions experience in scholarly or commercial publishing or closely related publishing work.
  • Significant personnel management and supervision experience.
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in the humanities or social sciences or the equivalent in education and experience.
  • Master’s degree in the humanities or social sciences or Ph.D. preferred.
SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Michael Burton, Director UPNE
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Press Management Responsibility

  • Serves as a member of UPNE core management group to develop long-term publishing strategies and goals and to ensure overall efficiency of the publishing program. Serves as chief editorial liaison with other departments of the Press and its consortium members.
  • Shapes long-range editorial strategy. Advises the Director on editorial development, including strengths and weaknesses of the list.
  • Makes presentations to the Board of Governors, Editorial Board, and other key constituents about the editorial directions and strategies of the press.
  • Travels as necessary to college campuses, scholarly meetings, and academic and trade exhibits. Represents UPNE at external meetings, conferences, and other publishing-related venues.

Departmental Responsibility – Editorial Management

  • Chairs monthly meetings with editorial department.
  • Chairs monthly initial meetings (that include marketing staff and director) for signing new projects.
  • Chairs tri-yearly UPNE Editorial Committee meetings.
  • Supervises the work of the editorial acquisitions staff: Acquisitions Editors, Assistant Editor(s), Editorial Assistant(s), and additional editorial staff.
  • Meets regularly with individual acquisitions editors to evaluate work, set goals and objectives, advise on manuscripts under consideration, and insure efficient flow of manuscripts through the editorial review and development stages.
  • Conducts performance reviews of departmental staff, including setting performance goals and objectives. Writes performance reviews.
  • With the Director, is responsible for personnel issues arising within the editorial department, including the hiring and firing of personnel (subject to final approval of Director.)

Program Supervision & Planning

  • Plans for seasonal lists at least three seasons in advance reflecting the goals and strategies set by the press.
  • Ensures that requisite number of books is acquired for each season; that these titles meet quality standards and financial expectations as set by the director, and the boards.
  • Ensures that there is a reasonable balance among subject fields in the list, and among market categories (trade, scholarly, instructional, reference, and regional cross over titles.)
  • Works with Director and Marketing and Sales management to create financial documentation on individual book projects, and book subject categories, seasonal lists, and long-term strategic plans. Oversees preparation of book budgets for approval by press director and members
  • Maintains contact with editorial representatives, advisory editors, and governors at the member campuses to ensure smooth working relationships and a constant flow of manuscripts
  • Supervises annual updates of member and UPNE editorial plans (including analysis of academic and market position of lists and of competition, and recommendations as to continuing and/or new editorial directions for each segment of the list.)

Acquisition

  • Acquires and evaluates manuscripts in a variety of fields, in order to meet the financial expectations for published projects as determined by the Press Director and Board of Governors.
  • Researches market and scholarly potential of specific subject matter disciplines, recruits authors, arranges for independent scholarly review of manuscripts.
  • Presents manuscripts to the Director and Editorial Board for publication approval.
  • Updates press-wide editorial database(s).
  • Proposes contracts for new book projects to the Director and negotiates terms with authors and agents in accordance with established press policy and financial expectations.
  • Maintains contact with scholars and non-academic authors in the disciplines of acquisitions responsibility and develops a general familiarity with all areas of Press editorial activity.
  • Works one-on-one with authors to develop scholarly and non-scholarly books suitable for specialized and general readers.
  • Obtains publication subsidies for projects. Updates publication budgets and prepares manuscripts for transmittal to production department.
  • Writes descriptive copy for adaptation by marketing/sales department and works with same to develop practical strategies to increase sales of published titles.
-- Performs other duties as assigned

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Writing Portfolio
  2. Additional Document #1

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