Position Description
Press University of Illinois Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Assistant Acquisitions Editor


The University of Illinois Press seeks an energetic, well organized, detail-oriented assistant acquisitions editor to provide administrative support to the acquisitions staff. The successful candidate will be adept at tracking, prioritizing, and processing multiple time-sensitive projects, working independently, and communicating clearly and diplomatically with authors and colleagues. S/he will be a creative problem solver, open to challenges, and proficient in appropriate word processing and database programs. Intellectual curiosity and an interest in a career in publishing are a plus. Some travel required.

Primary Duties:

Assist editors with evaluating and processing submissions, coordinating and tracking peer review, estimating costs and revenues, and preparing and distributing project descriptions and packets for committee discussions.

Assess permissions, captions, and formatting of electronic text files and coordinate evaluation of images.

Work with authors to finalize their submissions. Prepare manuscripts for transmittal to production.

Research book projects, series, and sources of outside funding. Prepare queries and preliminary grant applications.

Attend scholarly meetings and conferences on behalf of the Press. 

Required qualifications:

B.A. in the humanities or social sciences
One year appropriate publishing experience
Excellent writing and proofreading skills
Strong interpersonal communication, organizational, and follow-through skills
Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
Ability to prioritize and multi-task
Proficient word processing, database, internet, and Microsoft computer application experience


Graduate degree in humanities or social sciences
Knowledge of copyright and contracts as they relate to book publishing
Familiarity with all stages of the publishing process

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by April 25, 2017 at https://uajobs.hr.uillinois.edu/.  

Employee Relations and Human Resources
271 Henry Administration Building, MC 341
506 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-2600

Founded in 1918, the University of Illinois Press publishes approximately 100 books per year in the humanities and social sciences. The Press is located in Champaign-Urbana, a comfortable and lively city offering the best of small town living and urban amenities. Champaign-Urbana features a world-class performing arts facility, top tier research library, excellent schools, diverse and affordable living accommodations, an extensive park system, and an award-winning public transportation system. Chicago is easily accessible by Amtrak or car. St. Louis and Indianapolis are also within easy driving distance.

The University of Illinois is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. University Administration welcomes applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date: 04/25/2017

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