Position Description
Press University of Cincinnati Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Acquisitions Editor


The University of Cincinnati Press seeks a full time acquisitions editor to UC Press Acquisitions Editor to serve as the primary commissioning editor for the press.  Reporting to the Director of the Press, the Acquisitions Editor has the opportunity to define publishing lists and participate at the start of a fluid, agile publishing program within a unique publishing operations model focused on real-world scholarly content with global reach and impact. 

Characteristic Duties

1.       Acquire various projects each year in inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary Social Justice Studies including monographs and course/practitioner books with broad national and global practical applications covering social science, humanities, business, and leadership fields

2.       Create and execute short and long-term editorial plans for the Press for assigned lists, with an awareness of the field of publications from peer academic and university presses

3.       Develop and communicate Profit and Loss statements

4.       Present recommended projects to the board(s) and work with authors to review projects

5.       Assist with development of new scholarly lists

6.       Develop pool of peer reviewers appropriate for an interdisciplinary list in social justice studies and community engagement

7.       Manage to ensure contract terms for delivery date, permissions and manuscript technical requirements are met by authors

8.       Coordinate with appropriate staff to ensure on-time digital and print publication of projects.

9.       Represent the University at academic, industry and community meetings and events.

10.   Plan and conduct campus visits to key social justice institutes in order to build awareness of the Press’s publishing mission and unique program

11.   Perform related duties based on departmental need

Required Qualifications

1.       Bachelor’s degree in related field with a minimum of three (3) years of experience. Experience must be in related fields of academic and/or scholarly publishing

2.       Demonstrated expertise with managing and building a peer reviewer network, managing authors and series editors, creation of fiscally responsible P/L’s, negotiating contracts, providing author guidance in all aspects of the publishing process

3.       Exceptional communication, organizational and networking skills; strong Microsoft Office and Adobe skills.

4.       Ability to create and follow deadlines and work with production, marketing and sales teams


Preferred Qualifications:  

1.       Previous experience signing 15+ scholarly peer-reviewed publications per year.  Ability to create a plan to acquire 15+ new original scholarly books per year written by authors and editors which align with the press's intention to invite and cultivate a list of authors and editors representing all forms of diversity and drawing from all disciplines throughout the world

2.       Broad vision of both author and user experience and ability to envision, guide and develop rich media and interactive publications, leveraging the robust library initiatives including the institutional repository, digital scholarship and publishing services

3.       Demonstrated expertise developing individual manuscripts from the acquisitions stage through publication

  1. Collaborative approach to working with team. which includes both part-time business staff and freelance production and marketing staff
  2. Experience creating new scholarly lists based on assessment of needs and gaps within existing fields of scholarly publishing
  3. Experience commissioning and publishing regional books

7.       Journals experience a plus

As part of the University of Cincinnati Press, the Acquisitions Editor will need to build a pipeline of scholarly titles, authors and peer reviewers within a collaborative work environment utilizing an infrastructure that supports both the Library and the Press. The Press is committed to supporting a diverse workforce and creating a respectful, inclusive work environment.

Desired Areas of Competency 

1.       Creativity/Innovation

2.       Strategic Thinking/Management

3.       Results Focused

4.        Sense of Urgency

5.       Project Management

6.       Interpersonal Skills

To Apply:


Review Date

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on 5/1/2017.

About the UC Press 

The University of Cincinnati Press publishes peer-reviewed scholarly and theory-to-practice transdisciplinary books in social justice, community engagement and collective impact written by leading-edge scholars and thought-leaders from across the globe. Additionally, the Press publishes books that highlight the greater regional Cincinnati area.   

The Press aims to erase the boundaries between individual academic disciplines, exploring social justice topics from various field across social sciences, STM and humanities.

The Press is fully integrated into the University of Cincinnati Library operations, establishing a unique organizational infrastructure, lean operating budget and an innovative publishing continuum by collaborating with other library initiatives and centers including Digital Scholarship/Digital Humanities, Institutional Repositories, Scholarly Communications, and Digital Media. Our vision creates a publishing ecosystem that will explore new financial and interactive modes of scholarly publishing using rich media and interactive data with the goal of establishing an intellectual common for social justice scholars, students, educated lay and industry practitioners and general readers. 

About the UC Libraries 

The mission of the University of Cincinnati Libraries is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources. The Libraries strive to be a creative and dynamic organization that is recognized as a model provider of access to premier library collections and quality service.  

In May 2014, the Libraries launched its Strategic Plan, with the vision to become the globally engaged, intellectual commons of the university—positioning itself as the hub of collaboration, digital innovation and scholarly endeavor on campus. Through work on the strategic pillars of digital technology/innovations, people, data to information to knowledge and space, and with a strong foundation of a dedicated and knowledgeable staff with unique and advanced skill sets, the Libraries is primed to transform itself, the library landscape and the teaching, learning, clinical and research endeavors of the University.  UC Libraries’ commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion is incorporated and embraced by the 11 tenets embedded in our Strategic Plan. 

About the University of Cincinnati  

The University of Cincinnati is a premier public urban research university, ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight.” Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses. #HottestCollegeInAmerica  

The University of Cincinnati is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 43,000 students. Since its founding in 1819, UC has been the source of many discoveries creating positive change for society, including co-op education and the development of the first antihistamine and oral polio vaccine. The University’s mission is to serve the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier public urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate and professional education, experience-based learning and research. 

UC is one of the largest employers in the Cincinnati region, employing over 15,000 full-time and part-time faculty, staff and student workers.  

About Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati is located in beautiful southwest Ohio. This great region, positioned along the banks of the scenic Ohio River, reaches across portions of three states. Cincinnati is a vibrant metropolis full of culture and history and overflowing with endless events and attractions. The City of Cincinnati is also known for a strong arts culture, including the Aronoff Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Museum Center, Contemporary Arts Center, and Cincinnati Art Museum.  Greater Cincinnati is also home to nine Fortune 500 companies and two Fortune 100 companies.