Position Description
Press University of Michigan Press
Acquisitions Editorial
Senior Acquiring Editor for Political Science


About the Press

Founded in 1930, the University of Michigan Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher that publishes 100 new books annually, mostly academic monographs. With around 2,500 titles in print, the University of Michigan Press is best known for its lists in classical studies, political science, the performing arts, American Studies, and the natural history and culture of the Upper Midwest. It also has distinguished lists in Asian studies, German studies, African studies, and Disability studies. English Language Teaching (ELT) is a separate division of the Press, respected globally for its language teaching materials and study guides. The Press is an integral part of Michigan Publishing, the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library.

Job Summary

A key member of the acquiring team for the Press, the new Senior Editor will be responsible for the ongoing growth and development of the University of Michigan Press' lists in political science, governance, and related social science topics. The editor will commission, select, and evaluate manuscripts to cultivate an intellectually robust and sustainable program of projects for scholars, students, and professionals in these fields.  The editor will be expected to sign at least 25 new books annually, in keeping with signing goals set each year by the Editorial Director. The editor will work closely with other Press departments to manage projects from acquisition to publication, in addition to collaborating on projects with the other divisions of Michigan Publishing: Michigan Publishing Services and Deep Blue.  


●            Sign at least 25 new titles per year, in line with a coherent, intellectually robust, growth-oriented plan for the political science list.

●            Coordinate the schedules of titles under contract to ensure that authors meet agreed-upon deadlines to facilitate timely publication.

●            Work closely with series editors to ensure that series continue to foster innovative work that is respected in the field.

●            Develop productive and collegial working relationships with key faculty both locally and at other campuses.

●            Remain current with publishing trends and developments within the social sciences in order to incubate new publishing ideas and contribute to the development of long-term Press strategy.

●            Manage all necessary editorial aspects of the publishing process while working closely, collaboratively and collegially with the sales and marketing, production, technology, and finance departments.

●            Oversee the work of the Editorial Associate assigned to help manage the list.

Required Qualifications:

●            A Bachelor’s degree in any field; social sciences preferred.

●            At least 5 years’ experience in a publishing field.

●            Track record of success as an acquisitions editor; scholarly publishing experience preferred.

●            Ability to work collaboratively with leadership and staff in all departments of a publishing operation, including sales and marketing, production, technology, and finance.

●            Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.

●            Solid grasp of publishing finances and of the scholarly book market.

●            Ability to travel as needed to professional conferences and to other campuses.  Travel is anticipated to be about 25%.

●            Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications:

●            Interest in expanding Michigan’s list into related social science disciplines as resources permit.

●            Interest in new forms of digital scholarship and alternative (e.g., open access) business models.

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