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Acquisitions Editor

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Company Name Canadian Scholars' Press/Women's Press
Location Toronto
Date Posted August 22, 2014
Category Default
Job Type Full-time
Application Deadline 2014-09-08


Acquisitions Editor – Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press

Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc./Women’s Press is looking for a highly motivated individual with strong communication and organizational skills to join our company. Working out of our downtown Toronto office, the successful candidate will be responsible for acquiring new titles as part of our academic publishing program.

Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.provides a unique and independent voice for a wide range of academic and political perspectives that may not be heard within a large multinational or university press. We create books that make a genuine and lasting contribution to the evolution of a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, with particular focus on the areas of health, sociology and criminology, social work, and gender and sexuality studies.

Responsibilities will include:

Market Research:

  • Ongoing market research to maintain a solid understanding of the academic fields in our areas of focus
  • Collaborating with relevant faculty to identify areas of emergent scholarly interest
  • Developing strong networks and partnerships with faculty reviewers and potential authors in these fields to increase authorship, customer base, and market share


Acquisitions and Editorial Work:

  • Approaching authors to take on projects that the organization wishes to publish
  • Reviewing unsolicited manuscripts from authors to evaluate the commercial potential of the proposal
  • Coordinating peer review and communicating feedback to authors/editors
  • Contracting high-quality titles for the company and meeting annual acquisitions targets


Project Management:

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan for each title, from acquisition to sales
  • Ensuring that innovative, competitive, and high quality books are delivered to the market place on schedule and on budget
  • Collaborating with colleagues to cultivate new, well-defined acquisitions plans
  • Collaborating with marketing, development, and production to develop and promote acquired titles



  • An undergraduate degree in one of our areas of focus
  • Publishing Certificate an asset
  • 2+ years of experience in acquisitions an asset
  • An eye for detail, strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to multi-task
  • Computer proficiency in typical office programs, as well as internet research


Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Please submit cover letter and resume in a single pdf to apply@cspi.org by Sept 8th, 2014.

Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.