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Acquisition Editor, Social Sciences

University of Toronto Press Published: July 13, 2017
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Want to work with Canada's leading scholarly publisher? Then come and join our incredible acquisitions team!

Position:             Acquisition Editor, Social Sciences 

Reports To:       Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions

 Location:           Downtown Toronto - Yonge & Bloor area

Here’s what you’ll be doing ….

You will oversee the development and growth of the Press's publishing program in the assigned disciplines with a particular focus on Health & Mental Health, Medicine & Social Work. You will be responsible for signing and developing both scholarly and crossover trade books across the list acquiring approximately 25 new book projects each year.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • List-Building/Acquisition of Manuscripts
  • Develop annual plan for list – identifying signing priorities, consulting with experts (UofT and other universities) to identify key talent.
  • Through consultation and agreement with the Manager, Social Sciences Acquisitions, identify appropriate targets for signings.
  • Sign and publish approximately 25 new books each year.
  • Solicit manuscripts in relevant subject areas for potential publication.
  • Evaluate and judge suitability of proposals and manuscripts for the Press.
  • Consult with other members of the department and the Press, as needed, and with external editor and editorial board where appropriate.
  • Secure subventions as required for individual project including the ASPP.
  • Meeting and corresponding with authors and editors of manuscripts.
  • Help shape long-term publishing program of the Press and for building the list in these areas accordingly.
  • Maintain and expand network of authors, advisors and engage routinely with staff at the University of Toronto.
  • Maintain high standards of scholarship.
  • Manuscript Review and Approval Stage
  • Identify and recruit appropriate readers to evaluate manuscripts ensuring quality scholarly readers.
  • Evaluate reader reports and provide direction to authors on requirements for changes to manuscript based on peer review process.
  • Prepare materials including budgets to support publication of suitable manuscript for submission to the Publishing Committee and the Manuscript Review Committee.
  • Prepare contracts and other formal agreements and proposals.
  • Manuscript Development
  • Provide direction to Authors for manuscript preparation meeting UTP requirements well in advance to ensure timely transmittals.
  • Track delivery dates of manuscripts from authors, ensuring timely delivery.
  • Prepare final manuscript (including images) for transmittal into Editorial/Production as per UTP guidelines.
  • Assist if needed in settling problems of copyediting, proof-handling, scheduling, communication, and procedures.
  • Transmittal expectations achieved with a minimum number of titles (agreed to annually) put into copy editing each year.
  • Marketability of Books
  • Initiate cover design development.
  • Consult with marketing staff ensuring appropriate back cover, inside cover, pg i, copy & catalogue copy for each text.
  • AE consults with marketing to ensure appropriate promotional activity for their key titles (advertising, exhibits, etc).
  • Press Representative
  • Responsible for representing the interests of the Press by initiating contacts with new authors, discussing ideas with them, and inviting submissions of their actual or potential manuscripts to the Press.
  • Responsible for keeping informed of relevant conferences and meetings and recommending attendance, and trends within the discipline.
  • Maintain a high level of visibility in the academy through campus visits in Canada and the US along with attendance at relevant academic conferences.

Education, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Post-graduate degree(s) preferred.
  • 4-years relevant publishing experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:

  • Knowledge of the higher education community and the publishing industry, particularly scholarly publishing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Suite.
  • Highly organized and an effective negotiator and influencer.
  • Adobe Professional, Social Media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter), familiarity with Illustrator.
  • Proven analytic ability, excellent research skills.
  • Tact and diplomacy under pressure.
  • A good fit with our core values of respect, innovation and accountability.

About our Book Publishing Team

The Book Publishing division has a staff of 47 full time and contract employees and operates out of two locations with the scholarly publishing group based at 10 St Mary Street and the higher education group located in Guelph. The division publishes 180 books annually including scholarly monographs primarily aimed at university libraries and faculty, course books intended for student use, and trade titles aimed at the informed general reader. Our authors come from around the world although a higher percentage are Canadians and we serve a global market.

Strategy as it relates to Book Publishing: The book publishing division’s five-year goal is focused on revenue growth, ensuring long term financial stability, and an increase in the reputation of the Press. Revenue growth will be achieved through an expanded publishing program which is driven by creative and effective marketing and sales strategies. Operating in parallel to this is a measureable increase in the reputation of the Press in the eyes of our authors, clients, customers, and other key stakeholders.

About University of Toronto Press

University of Toronto Press (“UTP”) is a not-for-profit company, affiliated with the University of Toronto.  With approximately 250 employees and revenues of $50 million, the Company is in a unique situation within the scholarly publishing community.  UTP is the only university press that operates independently from its parent institution with its book publishing division supported by the successful operation of complementary business functions.

Mission. To publish exemplary works of scholarship and to disseminate knowledge widely for the benefit of society.

Vision. To be a top tier North American Press:  #1 in Canada, and one of the top 5 in the U.S.

Values: Three primary core values will govern our actions and decisions in ensuring the effectiveness of our mission: Respect, Innovation, and Accountability. These are the guiding principles by which we operate our organization and treat our co-workers, customers, clients and the community.

Interested in applying?

Please send your resume with a covering letter by July 28, 2017, to: hr@utpress.utoronto.ca  Please indicate Acquisition Editor, Social Sciences in the subject line and your salary expectations in the covering letter.

The University of Toronto Press encourages applications from all qualified candidates.  If you need accommodation at any stage of the application process or want more information on our accommodation policies, please contact Human Resources at the email above or 416.978-2239 ext. 2255.